Gabrielle Raaff (b. 1970) is a Cape Town, South Africa-based painter who explores figurative and architectural forms within the urban landscape. Working with the ephemeral qualities of watercolor and ink, her diluted pigments abstract her figures into studies of light and dark wandering across her paper landscape. While existing outside a specific place or time,Gabrielle’s minimalist compositions evoke a sense of both "everywhere" and "nowhere".
For the Spring 2018 edition of the Affordable Art Fair Uprise Art presents works by Chad Kouri, Gabrielle Raaff, and Sinziana Velicescu.
- Gabrielle RaaffCape Town, South AfricaArtist Page
- Chad KouriChicago, ILArtist Page
Chad Kouri (b. 1985) is a Chicago, Illinois-based artist known for his intuitive, vibrant compositions that utilize the holistic properties of color and abstraction. His mixed-race identity is mirrored by his multidisciplinary studio practice, focusing broadly on visual art, music, and design while considering theories based in minimalism, color theory, semiotics, improvisation, and radical joy. Utilizing a wide range of skillsets and strategies, Kouri reminds us to stay curious and make time for play, rest, and introspection, enabling us more bandwidth for mutual aid and collective community care.
- Sinziana VelicescuLos Angeles, CAArtist Page
Sinziana Velicescu (b. 1989) is a photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. Her photography explores human intervention with nature in landscapes that have undergone social or environmental change. Appropriating architectural vocabulary, Velicescu disrupts everyday topography via careful composition to develop an elegant and humorous narrative to tell the story of place.