SERENA MAISTO (1982 – )
Serena Maisto’s artistic career begins with her confrontation to the myth of Abstract Expressionism, Jackson Pollock: according to his technique, her works are characterized by flows of colors that almost inundate the canvas, showing her emotions and sensations. Over time she developed other techniques by using innovative materials such as Plexiglas, which permits the creation of site specific artworks to be seen through its transparency. Starting in 2017, she became interested in photography and its possible re-interpretations. That same year she launched the project entitled “Time Line: my walk with Basquiat”: in which the artist, struck by the shots of Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, decided to intervene pictorially, in response to the urgent need to get as close as possible to the American artist. The project launched a new phase of her artistic career, based on the reflection of disintegration of the image.
Born in Israel, Karen Bystedt grew up between London and California, was educated between Paris and New York, and now she lives in downtown Los Angeles. Original and irreverent, she started her career by combining the objectivity of the photographic medium with her endless creativity, constantly balancing in the middle of communication and provocation. Her photos have appeared in dozens of publications, including Vanity Fair, Vogue, and People, and have been exhibited in countless museums all over the world. Over the years, many celebrities have posed for Bystedt’s camera, from actors to rock stars, to artists: Andy Warhol, photographed for the first time in 1982 in the iconic Factory, was one of her favorite subjects. Images of Warhol, lost and randomly rediscovered, appeared in the exhibition “The Lost Warhols”.