People change the world with art and kindness

Kindness cannot be seen but can be felt. Sometimes kindness is hidden behind simple actions such as a compliment, a confession, or a gentle look. And there are many people in the world who are diligently giving away their kindness, without receiving any gratitude.

  1. Germen Crew
    A group of 13 street painters called Greman Crew are invited by the Palmitas city government to repaint the city’s dirty walls. The group had to redraw a “painting” of up to 20,000 square meters.

The whole job took 5 months to complete, but the results were amazing. 209 houses, inhabited by 1,808 people, were painted in rainbow colors. People appreciate this job. But more importantly, the city’s beautiful colors have greatly reduced crime rates here.

2. Patrick Commecy
French artist Patrick Commecy and his team decided to paint on the walls of the building. When they discovered an ugly surface, they used their own paints, brushes and turned the streets into galleries and the walls became brightly colored works. Commecy likes to draw optical illusion effects. So the houses have lots of lovely windows and balconies.

3.Jeff Hanson
Jeff Hanson was just a child when he discovered a brain tumor that made him almost blind. When Jeff paid for chemotherapy, his mother helped him become acquainted with art. That’s how Jeff became an artist. Although he could only distinguish the lines and colors of large objects, he still discovered his own drawing method. When Jeff was 21, he became a famous painter. The price of a picture of him is about $ 4,000 and appears in the collections of Warren Buffett and Elton John.

At the age of 19, Jeff promised himself that he would contribute $1 million to charity at the age of 20. And he did it. Jeff continues to raise money for more than 100 charities. All of these organizations are aimed at helping children with cancer.

4. Martina Billi
Martina Billy is a young painter in Italy. She studied Fine Arts at the Florentine Academy. Nature is the biggest source of inspiration for Martina’s works and the main character in her paintings is often animal.

Martina does not use canvas or paper to paint but reuse used or discarded wood panels for its writing. Love, kindness and nature blended in her paintings.

Painter Salvador Dali: The madness of a genius

Along with Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali is the outstanding Spanish artist of the twentieth century. He used to have strange ideas that many people thought were crazy, like coloring the guests’ leftover soup bowls at a party, and using a brush to paint two paintings within two hours.

Born on 11/5/1904 in the city of Figueras in the province of Catalogne (Spain), Salvador Dali is the son of a notary attorney. At the age of 5, Salvador Dali wanted to become a chef, at 7 years old wanted to become Napoleon. At 16, he wrote in his diary: “I will become a genius. The whole world will know and admire me. Many people will hate me, not understand me. But I will be a genius, I am sure. ”

Life also followed Dali’s wishes when he turned him into a genius in the painting industry, the most famous painter in the twentieth century for ideas … extravagant. Many who oppose him say that Dali is just a bragger, all day long talking and doing things to attract the attention of the people. But Dali asserts: “It is difficult for anyone to attract the attention of the whole world on a certain issue during 30 minutes. As for me, I have made people care every month, every year ”…
Gala is a charming Russian woman who also loves Dali’s surrealist painting and crazy ideas. It was also the period when Dali’s first works began to gain recognition in the world of painting, such as “The Early Days”, “The Harmony of Souls” or “The Great Fallen.” ”.

In December 1934, when he first came to the United States, he took strange actions to attract public attention. On a transatlantic cruise taking Mr. and Mrs. Gala to the United States, Dali asked a chef to make himself a stick-shaped bread up to 5 meters long. When the ship arrived at New York Harbor, Dali took the long bread and waved it back and forth in front of the journalist instead of waving at them. The next day, appearing in a gala dinner organized by New York millionaire Caresse Crosby, Dali disguised herself as a walking mummy.

Dali’s drawing style is also strange and no different. He used an old-style gun to shoot colored paper at the white paper on the easel to be 3-4 meters away. To paint portraits of Gala in a surrealistic way, Dali spent days going to the rhino rearing area of ​​the Vincennes Zoo in Paris for ideas.

It was not until his final days in his home town of Figueras, that in January 1989, Dali agreed to let master photographer Helmut Newton take a final photo of himself in a red silk robe, wearing a Huan neck. Isabelle’s chapter was awarded by the Royal Spanish and sat on an armchair. It was probably the most real photo of Salvador Dali in his lifetime, when he thought it was more than enough to joke with people with wild ideas.

Takashi Murakami – a symbol of contemporary art

My artistic roots lie in my experiences in the first half of the 1970s, when Japan was still recovering after losing World War II, ”Takashi Murakami shared in a CNN post.

I have never excel in painting. ”

The recent contemporary art exhibition by famous artist Takashi Murakami at the JC contemporary gallery in Hong Kong (China) has recently created a huge buzz among critics, international media as well as lovers. art around the world. With the title MURAKAMI, the exhibition displays the best works of the author. “The exhibition goes into the description of many aspects of the artist’s soul in the universe, using large-scale postmodern works to the image of iconic smileys,” according to the gallery’s description. .

Loved by iconic characters like the brilliant Kiki Kaikai flower or Hiropon character but little is known, Murakami has a not very flashy start. Back in the 1980s, when he started his career, he didn’t have a special status as an artist. “I have never been an outstanding artist in painting,” he told Artsy in an interview in early April this year. Without a resounding work of art, Murakami of the 1980s was just a “discontented, discouraged student with conservative education and dreaming for better things,” in his own opinion. .

Takashi Murakami had his first solo exhibition in 1989, at Tokyo’s Ginza Surugadai Gallery and started holding small exhibitions from Japan to New York City (USA) around the time. there. According to the artist, he always thought that New York was one of the important centers of art.

The inspirations that make up Murakami

These early experiences helped shape Murakami’s extremely unique art vision, which later contributed to the global symbol of contemporary art.

He used to take a training course on Nihonga (traditional Japanese painting), but this is a school that contributes little to Takashi’s future success. In an interview with Artsy Magazine, he said that Nihonga is a boring and boring painting style when “putting crushed mineral pigments on washi paper”. He also said: “Nihonga is not a genre where talent can bloom because the content is too smart. This is in fact the paintings that are modeled less subtly than the work of impressionists. ” Nihonga paintings in this period are strongly political, selected by galleries because of factors related to power struggle. Therefore, many young painters have no place to show their talents.

Murakami’s early works of art were conceived during the peak of the Japanese economic bubble. This was the period when the Yen had a high exchange rate against the US dollar and a remarkable GDP growth rate. However, along with that was the explosion of consumerism, which greatly affected the views and activities of the art market. At this time, although the art market was still limited, it began to operate similarly to the contemporary art world today. Murakami’s works during the 80s and 90s are often inspired by Japanese comics – an immortal empire since the post-war period. Inspiration from the comic helped Takashi Murakami create Hiropon (1997), one of the works that set up completely new rules for designing human shapes.

Japanese popular cultural heritage is the basic principle for Murakami’s art. In the 1980s, with the development of modern folklore, he decided to turn his art into useful things in the daily life of the Japanese people. The 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan was a major turning point for Murakami and his art. In an interview with CNN, he shared: “Facing the fact that tens of thousands of people could be killed by a natural disaster, I fully understand why in Japan, many people believe in gods instead of a certain religion. ” This is also the main inspiration expressed in the most famous duo KiKi and KaiKai in the career of the 57-year-old artist.

At the present time, Takashi’s works are on display everywhere, from the Palace of Versailles to the auction exhibitions. At the same time, he also collaborated with many famous fashion empires such as Louis Vuitton, famous designers such as Virgil Abloh. In Tokyo alone, commercial works called Takashi Murakami can also be seen from the windows of the Roppongi Hills and Tokyo MX TV complexes.

The art shows the flair for Japanese people

A type of drama with a combination of dance, acting, music, etc. KaBuKi has become a unique art form not only in Japan but reaching out to the world, which is recognized by UNESCO and intangible cultural heritage of Japan.

It originated in 1603 when Okuni “a medium in Shinto worship” began performing a new dance style in Kyoto. Gradually becoming famous this type of drama was even performed in the court and many other troupes had begun. There are three main types of characters in KaBuKi: Tachiyaku- “young characters representing good people”, Katakiyaku- “bad guys specialize in doing evil”, and Onnagata- “Female characters”. Each character with different personalities will have different makeup. In the past, the female drama actors even disguised the male characters to attract a lot of male viewers. Gradually, it was not just the male audience that came to watch it and it was said that it lost its traditional value. In 1629, women were banned from acting in KaBuKi and all other forms of theater, and male actors took on roles that were even fake. Unique art form not only in Japan but also in the whole world, UNESSCO is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage.

  1. Ikebana– “living flowers” are the art of expressing the feeling of enjoying nature, an art in which people reproduce the natural beauty only through branches, grass tops, revealing bows emotions, personality through their colors. Japan also has a strict flower arrangement principle, but each artist has their own creativity to show the love and philosophy of life in their works.

A long time ago, some 600 years ago, it was performed by monks or people of noble dignity. There are several types of flower arrangements: Rikka, Shoka, Jiyuka are some basic flower arrangements.

2. The art of making tea

Tea ceremony is known for being the most famous type in Japan even if you have not been to Japan before. To enjoy tea in accordance with “standard” Japan, it also depends on factors: space to enjoy tea, tea making equipment, meditation and tea drinking customs. All of these make up the Japanese style of enjoying tea.

According to records, starting from the Tang Dynasty, a high monk went to China to study the religion and accidentally enjoyed the tea that was delicious and brought back to the country to grow. Over the various periods there are mainly three main schools of Omotesenke, Urasenke and Mushakoji-senke. The rules for enjoying tea are quite strict, but in order to suit the modern era, Japan varies to suit the era.For example, if guests cannot meditate in Japanese style, they can sit on small wooden chairs. without losing the solemn atmosphere of the room.

3. The art of paper folding.
Around the 7th century, the technology of paper production in China was introduced to Japan, after which the Japanese applied and created a folding paper that is not torn, durable, but until now they are still proud about “Washi” paper. From here the art of Japanese paper folding Origami was born. At first, it was just folding ordinary aircraft, boats after gradually more elaborate folding types were more diverse. Beginning for children to play now is popular with all classes of Japan. Moreover, folding origami not only requires creativity, but it also becomes a subject in some places to develop creative thinking of children. On the other hand, this subject requires meticulousness, creativity and perseverance, so it can reduce stress and insomnia of many people.

The psychological effects of art

  1. Consolidate memory

Human memory is not perfect, so it is easy to understand that fear of forgetting is one of the sources of depression in people. We can easily forget the specifics of people, places, buildings, parks, but I’m afraid that when combining those details together, we can forget a part of ourselves. But Armstrong and de Botton comforted us, just as we can only remember what matters most, a great artist is someone who knows exactly what to convey in the work and what should remove it.

2. Bring hope

Our conflicting relationship with beauty presents a special paradox: Popular works often have a popular beauty, but academic art critics see them as products. “Decadence” of tastes and wisdom. Good looking things often imply that they are perceived to be oversimplified, as if if they want this world to be brighter then just add a little bit of flowers to it. That innocence and simplicity distract us from the effort to change. In addition, the forest limit is always afraid that good-looking things will make us “unaware of the injustices surrounding us”.

3. Identify sadness

Art not only helps us spread positive emotions, but also reminds us that “sadness is an essential part of a good life.”

4. Help rebalance
This function of art also helps explain the diversity of each of our tastes – because each individual is ‘unbalanced’ in different ways, so people also look to other works of art. each other to soothe your state

5. Help yourself understand
 Through art, we can communicate with others in a secret and subtle way about what makes people and what we believe, in a way that the words can never be fully captured.

6. Help mature

In addition to providing a deep sense of self, art also helps us to expand the boundaries of who we are by helping us overcome fear with strange and generous things to receive our things.

7. Improving the ability to enjoy
At that time, art can help us form a habit of paying attention to what is really great and deserving to enjoy with pleasure:

Art is a resource that can help us reassess more precisely what is valuable by trying different things with our daily routine and motivating us to re-calibrate what we admire and love. prefer.

Scientists Color Viruses, Turning Them into Works of Art

HIV, Ebola and Zika are ugly, ugly viruses. But there is a biologist who makes them beautiful, even charismatic: David Goodsell comes from Scripps Research Center in San Diego, California, USA.

He was named the colorist of the biological world. There are cells, bacteria, viruses living below nanometer resolution, where human vision cannot be reached. But that small world was exaggerated by Goodsell, accurately and visually redrawing in watercolor.

Goodsell’s work carries in it both science and art. It requires him to carry out his own research, using high-power microscopes, scanning electron microscopes, X-ray crystallography and spectroscopy techniques, magnetic resonance to study the structure of biological molecule.

The correctly drawn pictures appeared on the cover of many scientific journals. Some are also hung in luxurious guest rooms. That’s how Goodsell makes science become closer, bringing them to every home.

Goodsell was a crystallographer, his work in the 1980s using X-ray machines to photograph crystals, how the atoms in that crystal were arranged. Goodsell began using computer graphics programs to redraw these crystals.

He was one of the first to apply graphics and science, when computer graphics were often used to create simulated flights for pilot training. Wanting to go back to biology, he posed a challenge: Can he draw a picture of magnifying a cell with every organ in their place.

And so he chose to paint E. coli because at that time there was a lot of scientific data that allowed to reconstruct this bacterium correctly on paper. Goodsell has spent a lot of time looking back on all the research on this bacterial structure.

The first drawing was done in watercolor, the watercolor painting skills that Goodsell learned from his grandfather from a young age. He only uses colors that I like, and he thinks colors will allow you to distinguish the different functions of bacteria.

MOCA-ideal place for those who are passionate about contemporary art

Built in 2012 with the name of the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Bangkok – MOCA has so far become a tourist destination in Thailand to attract many visitors to visit. This 5-storey building is home to more than 800 works and is collected by media capitalist Boonchai Bencharongkul.

MOCA has 5 floors containing more than 800 works, the purpose of introducing the development of Thai art since the introduction of Western art. The museum is open from 10:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays), tickets are usually 180 baht, 80 baht for students and free for Thai tourists over 60 or under 15 years old. This place exhibits from paintings for sophisticated sculptures, very worth seeing.

Not only showcasing works on traditional themes, but MOCA is also a place for artists to freely explore topics such as religion, corruption, prostitution and wear and tear of traditional values. All Thai artists’ works have a display here. Prominent in that is the work of the author Prateep Khotchabua extremely bold, colorful. The two main themes in his work are animals and nude paintings.

It also has works of the famous white temple designer Chalermchai Kositpipat. His works are a combination of Buddhist themes and traditional Thai styles. He explored the relevance of Buddhism even in the urbanized environment of society. Thai tourists will feel the essence and originality of this artist’s works.

MOCA is also home to works from European artists from the Victorian era. There are also art works of Vietnam, China, Italy and Japan. You’ll also find rooms dedicated to the lifelong achievements of Thailand’s two most revered artists – Chalood Nimsamer, who uses his daughter’s image to show peace, warmth and gentleness, and Paitun Muangsomboon an artist with sculptures with surreal ideas – both artists are considered artists of the Nation in the field of sculpture.

The quite open space MOCA is filled with natural light will be an interesting destination for many Thai tourists love art. On the ground floor are cafes serving Twinings tea, hot chocolate and coffee. However, it only serves pre-packaged bread and biscuits. The Bangkok Museum of Contemporary Art is currently providing the art lovers with the most fascinating exhibition space of Thai art.

Future of Contemporary Recycling Art

After the reuse of Duchamp’s urinal or Picasso’s scrap paper collage, Will Recycling Art continue to stand in the historical context of this era?

In the 21st century, groups of developing countries such as China, India, Vietnam and more contribute significantly to environmental pollution. However, the premise of this situation originated about 200 years ago in Europe and America when huge industrial emissions were blasted out into the atmosphere. Therefore, the problem of environmental pollution or climate change is what all mankind is suffering together and trying to fix. Also from this historical context, the DADA movement was born. Thanks to this movement, Recycling Art gradually affirmed its place in art history. Artists are more creative and the public is more openly embracing, the concept of art moves into a new page full of ideas.

Recycled art has existed for thousands of years by Chinese artisans, in ancient Japanese book illustrations that exist as a human need to express thoughts and feelings through the integration of images. However, it only becomes dramatic and has a more complete concept starting in the 20th century with the contributions of two great artists: Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso.

Isa Genzken – a German sculptor who can be considered a female artist has contributed to the re-definition of modern sculpture in recent years. One of the works that gave the impression to Isa Genzken is the sculpture that imitates the bust of Nefertiti, arranging the same photographs of the Mona Lisa. She wears every statue of Nefertiti (mass produced) sunglasses and a leather belt, an indispensable accessory for every European woman for centuries. The work raises questions for us about the definition of women’s beauty and their position in art history.

It will be a major omission if not mentioning John Chamberlain. He was the one who successfully adapted the abstract school manifested in painting into a three-dimensional work in sculpture. His style can easily be seen through recycled works from old cars, painted them and given them a life and a whole new meaning. After World War II, cars were a monument to America’s respectable heavy industry development as well as a symbol of wealth for American citizens. Frenzy consumer culture is cleverly revealed through these recycling works. By recreating historical ideas about a period of consumption that John has been known forever.

Japanese tattoo Irezumi: Art, history, preservation or rejection?

Around the world, perhaps there is hardly any culture like Japanese tattoo Irezumi – both historical and literary, once loved, but ultimately rejected.

Thousand years of Japanese tattoo origin
Although Asian countries are not the cradle of tattoo art, the art of “drawing on the skin” appears in Japan quite early. Proven archaeological relics, the first tattoos appeared here were around 10,000 BC. By the time of Yayoi (Iron Age, 300 BC), Japanese tattoo was not merely for the purpose of decorating and beautifying the body. It is used as a kind of marking, distinguishing slaves, prisoners or criminals. From being jewelry on the body, the tattoo has been transformed into a form of punishment by the old Japanese.

Being entailed by the flow of modern history, it was not until the end of the 17th century, that is, during the Edo period (1603-1867), the tattoo art in Japan really flourished. Few people know that tattooing in the kingdom of the sun can grow to such a peak in the Edo period, thanks to woodblock printing (Ukiyo-e).

From the lower classes to the upper classes, everyone owns a tattoo on their bodies.

Gradually, it became a typical Japanese culture. It is said that when Westerners began to travel to Asia, it was difficult to distinguish between the Asians who were similar in appearance. But thanks to the dragon, phoenix or Oni (the way of the elves in Japan), people from other continents easily identify the people of Phu Tang.

Of course, by Japanese tattoo – Irezumi is completely different from the Western tattoo. Irezumi are large tattoos, many textures, colors and can cover body parts (back, arms, legs). Irezumi is more inclined to create a complete picture of the human body than small, minimalist details like Western tattoos. The main characters in Irezumi’s body paintings can be mentioned as dragons (symbolizing strength), koi (energy), oni (elves, symbolizing human protection) or waves, water (strong, cumbersome but also gentle, calm).

Besides, Irezumi does not use machines but depends on the skills of the tattooist, along with the ink especially the nara ink. Large tattoos, manual tattoos, so many people have to spend 5 years to complete a sophisticated “picture” on their backs.

Tattoo art in Japan has such a long history, but its development path does not follow straight trajectory after the Edo period.

When art is turned away
In the second half of the 19th century, the Japanese government began to ban tattoo forms. Irezumi gradually became frustrated by other waves of culture pouring into the land of Funan at that time. Those who own tattoos on the body, to avoid government scrutiny, must find ways to hide the tattoo behind the clothes.
In recent years, the movement of protecting and preserving Japanese tattoo culture has become more and more exciting. In March 2018, the National Museum of Japan – the United States in Los Angeles held a traditional Japanese tattoo exhibition called “Maintaining the Japanese Tattoo Tradition in the Modern World“. The exhibition lasted 6 months, impressed with the courses on the history of Japanese tattoo, and exhibited the works of famous Japanese tattoo artists ever.

The Soul of The English Football Team

Each team has its own soul in the uniform, logo and especially the key player. This is the guide who brings confidence to teammates. Referring to the England team, people often remember David Beckham as the soul of the team.

When in England, David Beckham always had impressive performances with the role of a captain. David Beckham’s passion and talent are expressed very early. After school sessions, he and his friends always stayed at the school’s sports ground to play football. David is often the last to leave in his classmates to practice his poison. David Beckham received the Bobby Charlton award – the award given to the best technical kid players in high school in England as a student.

The career of Becks player was very convenient when he was admitted to the youth training school of his favorite club, Manchester United. He quickly proved to be talented, which helped him to be trusted and signed by the team.

David Beckham is the outstanding player in the ranks of excellent players who have been the mainstay of Man United and England. They are Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, etc. The first title that the players brought to Manchester United was the FA Cup of the season in 1992.

With what was shown at the club, Beckham received the best young player award in the year when he was 20 years old. A year later, in 1997, the youngster was called up to England to attend the 1998 World Cup qualifying matches. However, it must wait the following year, in France 1998, Beckham scored the first goal for the national team. But it was a very beautiful goal that helped England beat Colombia 2-0 in the group stage match.

In 2000, Eriksson decided to hand over the England captain’s armband to Beckham. He grew up and proved a leader in this role. David Beckham is the key player for England to attend major tournaments recently. In South Korea and Japan four years ago, Beckham’s foot injury was a cause of England’s defeat against Brazil in the quarter-finals.