Valentina Gelain was born in Feltre in 1992. She graduated with honors from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and is dedicated to full-time art.
After her studies she moved to Finland, where she started the Art Factory Studio "Black Box Genesis" with her husband and artist Bekim Hasaj.
His strongly evocative art is characterized by a marked self-referential spirit. The artist is always careful to plumb her own 'I' (and that of other people) and then reproduce it and almost impress it in his works.
The fundamental theme of her art is the 'Sentimento Panico', that subterranean, almost visceral desire to merge one's body with the natural element. Hence the constant interest that the artist has reserved (and still reserves today) to the rural landscape of his land, where the wind, the water, the forest and the rock still create profound suggestions. What transpires from her works is a desire for evasion and, at the same time, for reunification; a deep and suffered need for peace.
Another recurring theme in her artistic production is the unconscious; that suggestive latent world that dwells within every human being. In this regard it is possible to mention her "Uomini cane", anthropomorphic figures in which the human character merges with the animal one. What the artist wants to highlight is the constant emergence in human of those impulses that we could call primitive and primordial; that association of forces with which human, despite the long intellectual and cultural evolution, is called to confront themself for the whole course of  their existence. Her "Uomini cane", with their still and disturbing looks, appear to be characterized by a sense of deep and unnatural stasis. The impossibility of movement, in fact, is accompanied by the liquidity of their bodies, in an oxymoric, but only apparent, contradiction.

Bekim Hasaj was born in Albania in 1990. After finishing his artistic high school in Tirana, he moved to Italy, to Milan, where he graduated with full marks in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera.
At the moment he lives in Finland, where he started the Art Factory Studio "Black Box Genesis" with his wife and artist Valentina Gelain.
His training, mainly pictorial, has always directed him to the analysis and study of color. His early works are characterized by gaudy, violently juxtaposed and overlapping tones. The brush strokes are decisive, expressive, strongly material.
Although they do not give up experimentation, which led him to explore fields such as sculpture, the artist continues to use the canvas as a favorite support to communicate his emotions.
The privileged subject is undoubtedly humans, in all its many and fragmentary facets.
Over the years his painting has undergone a slow but incessant process of evolution, traceable in the transition from realism to abstractionism.
Human figures have begun to split up and articulate; the same canvas has undergone profound changes.
A constant evolution of his works must also be observed; the artist likes to rethink and re-contextualize the work continuously. In fact, the initial idea is often only the starting point of a process that can ultimately lead to a radical transformation of the work undertaken.
At the moment the artist is looking for a closer dialogue between work and environment, between color and concept, in search of a new artistic balance.

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