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Lives of the most Excellent Artists, Architects, Curators, Critics, Theorists Poets and more, like Vasari’s book updated. (Interviews with over 1200 artists and others about practice and lifestyle from Yale University radio WYBCX)

Lives of the most Excellent Artists, Architects, Curators, Critics, Theorists Poets and more, like Vasari’s book updated. (Interviews with over 1200 artists and others about practice and lifestyle from Yale University radio WYBCX)


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Lives of the most Excellent Artists, Architects, Curators, Critics, Theorists Poets and more, like Vasari’s book updated. (Interviews with over 1200 artists and others about practice and lifestyle from Yale University radio WYBCX)




Zeren Oruc

Zeren Oruc is an independent curator based in Belgrade, Serbia, and Istanbul, Turkey. Her curatorial practice revolves around the environment, comparative cultural analysis, and intercultural communication through art. To reflect on the current artistic structures and social issues that art tackles, she tends to take an innovative and multidisciplinary approach, and adapt accordingly to the artist, the project, or the geography that she is working in. After working with various art...


Christine Suarez

Christine Suárez is a choreographer, performer, educator and community activist based in Los Angeles. Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Baton Rouge Louisiana, she founded Suarez Dance Theater in 2003. They create at the intersection of collaborative dance-making and community outreach. Their work has been seen in theaters, parks, classrooms and houses and toured nationally and internationally. They have been awarded grants from Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Santa...


Elizabeth Munro

Elizabeth Munro was born in London in 1939 and currently lives near Porthmadog, in North Wales. She is a painter and art/life practitioner. She was influenced early on by Harry Thubron, her inspirational mentor at Leeds College of Art- and later by the groundbreaking Judson Dance Theatre where she participated in various performances. Arlene Rothlein, Malcolm Goldstein, and Philip Corner became good friends. Yvonne Rainer was a powerful influence. Her paintings have been exhibited in various...


Alethea Pace

Photo by Whitney Browne Alethea Pace is a Bronx-based choreographer and performer. Her first solo performance work, trying to sweep back the ocean with a broom, was created with support from Pepatian’s Open Call Residency and was performed at BAAD! (2016) and New York Live Arts (2017). Her second evening-length work, Bring Me Flowers, was developed with support from residencies including New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks, Dancing While Black, 92Y Harkness Dance and premiered at Pregones...


Dara Haskins

Dara Haskins (b.1992 Baltimore, MD) Has rooted her practice in Philadelphia working primarily in painting oil portraits and figurative oil and mixed media paintings. Addressing the ways the black body has been represented and looked at throughout history, she challenges the identity of being seen and unseen connecting historical content to contemporary spaces and how that relationship coexists. She is currently working on a series called “Havana time” expressively from her own photographs of...


Biraaj Dodiya

Biraaj Dodiya (b. 1993) is a Mumbai based visual artist primarily working in painting and sculpture. Forms and language around absence, uncertainty and impermanence influence her work. Working within abstraction, her paintings are built through processes of repair and erasure, often evoking the nocturnal landscape and bringing up questions of distance and temporality. Dodiya’s sculptural works often combine discarded objects, industrial material, personal relics and studio detritus. Dodiya...


Timothy Gierschick II

Timothy Gierschick (b. 1976, Reading, PA) is an artist living and working in Philadelphia, PA. His paintings and works on paper have been exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally, including by Duane Morris LLP offices worldwide, and Capital One Bank NA. Timothy earned his Bachelor of Arts, concentrating in Printmaking, from Messiah College in 2000. He is also employed by the Barnes Foundation as preparator. Books mentioned at the end of the interview are Mona, by Pola...


Rana Tahir

Rana Tahir is a poet, artist, and educator living in Portland, OR. She earned her MFA from Pacific University and is a Kundiman Fellow. Her work has previously appeared in Print Oriented Bastards, Fresh Literary Magazine, and Catch among others. Books mentioned in the interview: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance: Countee Cullen, Cavendish Square Publishing (2016) Choose Your Own Adventure Spies!: Noor Inayat Khan, ChooseCo LLC (2020) "Asrar" Oil on Canvas, 24 x 16 inches (This painting is...


Avery Z. Nelson

Avery Z. Nelson (they/them) was born in Rhinebeck, NY and received their MFA from Columbia University. Recent solo exhibitions include the Rubber Factory (NYC) and JDJ | The Ice House (Garrison, NY). Nelson has received press in The Brooklyn Rail, ARTFORUM, Huffington Post, Bad at Sports, Newcity, and New American Paintings. They are a current resident of the Sharpe-Walentas studio program in Brooklyn and images of their work can be found on their website: They recently...


Šejma Fere

Šejma Fere creates collages, mixed media artworks and installations. Her artworks deal with potential of multiple narratives. She is discovering hidden values and uses of found material to create new structures out of it. Her paintings are created in the mode of free associations from numerous fragments, using the recycled materials, technique of collage and digital process. There, by means of the non-linear narration about private sphere, she explores the entanglement of borders of intimate...


Sopheap Pich

Sopheap Pich b. 1971, Battambang, Cambodia. Lives and works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sopheap’s family left Cambodia as refugees in 1979. Having first settled in camps in Thailand and the Philippines, they arrived in the United States in 1984 at age 13 years old and began his formal education. He took art classes in Junior High School but shifted his passion to wood shop in high school and worked as a stagehand in college. He first majored in Pre-Med but later switched to Fine Arts in his...


Annie Jael Kwan

Annie Jael Kwan is a curator and researcher whose exhibition-making, programming, publication and teaching practice is located at the intersection of contemporary art, cultural and pedagogical activism with an interest in archives, feminist, queer and alternative histories and knowledges, collective practice and solidarity. She is founder of Something Human, a curatorial platform focusing on intersectional live art that launched the landmark Southeast Asia Performance Collection in London in...


Dana Lok

Dana Lok (b. Berwyn, PA) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include "One Second Per Second" at Page, New York, "Words Without Skin" at Clima, Milan and "Mind's Mouth" at Bianca D'Alessandro, Copenhagen. Lok recently participated in the group exhibitions "Regroup Show" at Miguel Abreu and "15 Painters" at Andrew Kreps, New York, and "The Conspiracy of Art, Part II" at Chateau Shatto, LA. Her work has been covered in the New York Times, Frieze, and Cura Magazine. Lok...


Damien Deroubaix

Portrait of Damien Deroubaix by Arno Lam Damien Deroubaix, born 1972 in Lille, France. Lives and works in Paris and Meisenthal (France). Damien Deroubaix studied in Saint-Etienne and in Germany (Karlsruhe, 1998). Since 2003, his work has been shown in the leading European institutions and has been presented in many solo shows, particularly in Switzerland and Germany. He has spent a good deal of time abroad, notably for residences at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2005) and ISCP in New...


Jim Torok

Self portrait, 2004, Oil on Panel, 5 x 4" Jim Torok was born in South Bend, Indiana. He moved to New York in 1979 to study art at Brooklyn College, and received an MFA there in 1981. Several years later, Torok began doing cartoons as a regular feature for Paper Magazine, while at the same time doing realistic paintings of interiors and objects. He also produced animations for MTV. In the mid ‘90s he started making miniature portraits, and had his first one person show at Bill Maynes Gallery...


Wilfried Souly

Wilfried Souly, photo: Robyn Nisbet Wilfried Souly is a choreographer, dancer, drummer and Taekwondo expert, originally from Burkina Faso in West Africa. He was trained in African traditional and contemporary dances since his youngest age in the acclaimed company “The Bourgeon du Burkina.” In September 2000, he co-founded “Compagnie Tâ” with two other choreographers and co-choreographed many dance pieces presented around the world, including one work that was selected as a finalist at the...


Will Corwin

Will Corwin, photo: Brett Dakin William Corwin is a sculptor and journalist from New York. He has exhibited at The Clocktower, LaMama and Geary galleries in New York, as well as galleries in London, Hamburg, Beijing and Taipei. He has written regularly for The Brooklyn Rail, Artpapers, Bomb, Artcritical, Raintaxi and Canvas and formerly for Frieze. He curated and wrote the catalog for Postwar Women in 2019 at The Art Students League in New York, an exhibition of the school’s alumnae active...


Tim Okamura

Tim with Nurse Tracy in progress Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting - one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant...


Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of Harmless Like You and Starling Days. She has won The Authors’ Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award and been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Her work has been a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an NPR Great Read. Rowan's first novel Harmless Like You.


Janet Biggs

Janet Biggs Photo Régis Figarol Janet Biggs is an interdisciplinary artist known for her immersive work in video, film and performance. Biggs’ work focuses on individuals in extreme landscapes or situations, navigating the territory between art, science and technology. Her work has taken her into areas of conflict and to Mars (as a member of crews at the Mars Desert Research Station and Mars Academy USA). Biggs has worked with institutions from NOAA to NASA and CERN. She has collaborated...