~ Nina Sabina Caballero
Nina Sabina Caballero is an artist with a unique vision and exceptional technique and can channel her thoughts and insights into solid bodies of theme-specific work. Nina captures the inward journey through bold expression, whether figuratively or abstractly. Her style involves painting “from the inside out,” allowing the image to unfold organically, layer upon layer. She intends to uplift and inspire the viewer with images that feed the heart and soul while offering reflective perspectives on all kinds of themes. Nina has a growing vision for her art and how she sees her place as an artist in this world. The ability to be intensely creative, coupled with an objective perspective on why she is doing what she does, singles her out as an artist of great vision and integrity.
"My art is as much an expression of my inner life and struggle to maintain equilibrium in a complicated world as it is about my deep observations and love of nature and the human spirit. The passion I feel while creating comes from my core and has always been the driving force in my life. As such, I compose each painting with the hope that you, the viewer, may find rest or pause for renewal and reflection in my creations. May the colors and interplay of light and shadow be restoring, energizing, and bring you peace. May the forms, symbolism, and craftsmanship intrigue your curiosity about what truly inspires my creativity. Acknowledging our common need for greater awareness, to observe more, to feel more, I intend that my work contribute to our collective awakening and counter the atmosphere of superficiality that prevails in a culture that accepts what is easy, celebrates the banal, forgets the past and is more connected to technology than self. As a contemporary artist, my decidedly modern style is deeply rooted in classical artistic training in the tradition of the Old Masters. And while I enjoy covering a wide variety of subjects, what remains consistent throughout my work is a deep love and respect for beauty and nature. For me, painting is intuitive and highly symbolic, and the direction it takes each time I approach the canvas is often surprising, even to me."
~ Nina Sabina Caballero
~ Helen Frankenthaler
Nina started drawing at the early age of five. Human figures played an important role in her childhood drawings. Her teachers remembered her as the student who was always drawing. Her first artistic influence was her art teacher Raija Ortola in secondary school. She was the first person who really saw her talent and urged her to pursue art. She mentored and encouraged her to study art history and aim further in arts. Her early awakenings to create art started between the ages of 12 and 13, inspired and fascinated by Salvador Dali's works. At the age of seventeen, she copied two of his well-known artworks for herself. By the age of 13, she fell completely in love with Dali’s artworks, especially the Burning Giraffe and Palladio's Thalia Corridor, circa 1937. During this very early time of her life, she also discovered Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli and found them fascinating artists. She wrote an essay about the Italian painter Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi c. 1445 – May 17, 1510). She was truly fascinated by Botticelli’s artworks such as The Birth of Venus (c. 1486) on canvas 172,5 cm x 278,9 cm in Uffizi Gallery, Florence and Primavera, also known as Allegory of Spring (c. 1482) tempera on canvas 202 cm × 314 cm, Uffizi Gallery, Florence Italy.
Art has always been a part of my life and I have never put it aside. In early 2013 I decided to start my development to become a professional artist. During that year I started art studies in the private art school Alfa Taidekoulu, Helsinki Finland. In addition to my basic studies of the visual arts, I also studied in a three-year special program which focuses on the techniques of the old masters. During 2013 I also started working on an art gallery project. The result was the creation of the gallery located it the so-called Design district area of Helsinki city center. With 70 square meters of art exhibition space, the gallery was founded by fourteen local artists, providing space for private and group exhibitions.
Helsinki Design School offers a high quality studies in Professional Photography. The lecturers are best Professional photographers from the industry in Finland. Studies consist Art Photography, Advertising Photography, Fashion Photography, Portrait Photography, Nature Photography and Magazine Photography, Documentary Photography. Studies consist also photography techniques such as camera functions, lighting, using filters, digital and film photography, and various lenses. The basics of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Creative Cloud programs. Studies gain expertise in making e.g. sports & outdoor and food photos, visit photography studios and practice working in the studio. Students also learn useful information and skills related to marketing and creating own photographer profile. A degree in photography takes you into the world of unforgettable photography.
The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) provides the highest level of education in music, fine arts, theatre and dance in Finland. Uniarts Helsinki is an international forerunner in education and research in the field of arts and strengthens the role of art as a force that reforms society. Established in 2013, Uniarts Helsinki consists of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy. The study module in business in the creative fields gives students basic knowledge of business in the creative fields and central related themes, such as marketing, corporate cooperation, sponsoring and copyright legislation. The purpose of the study module is to support students’ journey in gaining career skills and give them tools that will help them form their own competence profile that is needed when establishing a business or working as an entrepreneur.
Studies in the visual arts line are divided into the teaching of various visual arts techniques and the deepening of one's own work and contents.
Deepening knowledge in basic techniques of visual arts
Developing perceptual skills and increasing knowledge and skills through bold experimentation are part of all studies. During the year, we will go through teaching in both traditional 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional techniques as well as the basic types of digital making: such as drawing, different techniques of painting and sculpture, installation, photography and video art. Visiting professionals from different areas of the visual field bring their own views to teaching in the form of workshops and lectures presenting specific techniques. After learning the basics of techniques, our students can focus on working with the technique of their choice according to their own interests.
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We offer a wide range of information on the various training options in the visual field as well as the professional practices of the visual artist. In addition, we make visits to educational institutions, exhibitions and artists ’studios. In the spring, several of our students are preparing either their first exhibition or a search portfolio for a university application in, for example, visual arts, graphic design, art education or architecture.
Guidance according to your own needs
Making your own free thematic works, deepening the content and personal guidance are at the heart of learning. We need to focus, set goals and work towards them. During the year, competence is increased by assembling a personal toolkit: by developing working methods, own content and creative problem-solving skills. Conversations, reflection, and the acquisition of pictorial concepts are also an important part of our teaching..
Privately held art school, Alfa Art offers education for professional painting. The education is three and a half years complete education for the knowledge to become a professional painter. The education provides the ability to work in the profession of visual artist / painter.
The study includes basic studies and advanced studies in various fields of visual arts. The different techniques of painting are strongly present in the study. The studies include the necessary theoretical knowledge to develop the student's ability to analyze and evaluate. The aim of the education is to strengthen the student's own, personal expression, as is typical of the art field.
During the studies, students become acquainted with the various techniques and tools of drawing and painting. The aim of the studies is to gain a broad view of the field of art, the ability to work independently and to utilize the means provided by pictorial expression in one's own artistic work. In addition to the means of image construction and image dynamics, the student learns the basic concepts of colors and their interactions. In addition, the study includes the basics of composition and color theory. The student makes a study portfolio of his / her studies every semester. The analysis of one's own study and image is practiced through written exercises. The content area of oral expression is Fine Art, e.g. presentations. During the study, the construction and content of exhibitions are introduced. The curriculum is considered flexible and changes are made as needed. The language of instruction is Finnish. Transition to the next year requires participatory activity and approved credits for the entire academic year.
Primavera meaning Spring, is a large panel painting in tempera paint by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli made in the late 1470s -1480s. It has been described as "one of the most written about, and most controversial paintings in the world", and also "one of the most popular paintings in Western art". The painting depicts a group of figures from classical mythology in a garden, but no story has been found that brings this particular group together. Most critics agree that the painting is an allegory based on the lush growth of Spring, but accounts of any precise meaning vary, though many involve the Renaissance Neoplatonism which then fascinated intellectual circles in Florence. The subject was first described as Primavera by the art historian Giorgio Vasari who saw it at Villa Castello, just outside Florence, by 1550. Although the two are now known not to be a pair, the painting is inevitably discussed with Botticelli's other very large mythological painting, The Birth of Venus, also in the Uffizi. They are among the most famous paintings in the world, and icons of the Italian Renaissance; of the two, the Birth is even better known than the Primavera. As depictions of subjects from classical mythology on a very large scale, they were virtually unprecedented in Western art since classical antiquity. The history of the painting is not certainly known; it may have been commissioned by one of the Medici family, but the certainty of its commission is unknown. It draws from a number of classical and Renaissance literary sources, including the works of the Ancient Roman poet Ovid and, less certainly, Lucretius, and may also allude to a poem by Poliziano, the Medici house poet who may have helped Botticelli devise the composition. Since 1919 the painting has been part of the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. .
Primavera, Sandro Botticelli, late 1470s or early 1480s, Tempera on panel, 202 cm × 314 cm Uffizi Gallery, Florence Italy
The Birth of Venus is a painting by the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, probably made in the mid 1480s. It depicts the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown. The painting is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Although the two are not a pair, the painting is inevitably discussed with Botticelli's other very large mythological painting, the Primavera, also in the Uffizi. They are among the most famous paintings in the world, and icons of the Italian Renaissance; of the two, the Birth is better known than the Primavera. As depictions of subjects from classical mythology on a very large scale they were virtually unprecedented in Western art since classical antiquity, as was the size and prominence of a nude female figure in the Birth. It used to be thought that they were both commissioned by the same member of the Medici family, but this is now uncertain. They have been endlessly analyzed by art historians, with the main themes being: the emulation of ancient painters and the context of wedding celebrations, the influence of Renaissance Neo-Platonism, and the identity of the commissioners. Most art historians agree, however, that the Birth does not require complex analysis to decode its meaning, in the way that the Primavera probably does. While there are subtleties in the painting, its main meaning is a straightforward, if individual, treatment of a traditional scene from Greek mythology, and its appeal is sensory and very accessible, hence its enormous popularity .
Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (c. 1484–1486). Tempera on canvas. 172.5 cm × 278.9 cm Uffizi, Florence Italy
~ Nina Sabina Caballero
The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. Considered an archetypal masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance, it has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world."
The painting's novel qualities include the subject's enigmatic expression, the monumentality of the composition, the subtle modeling of forms, and the atmospheric illusionism. The painting is probably of the Italian noblewoman Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, and is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel.
It had been believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506; however, Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the French Republic's property on permanent display at the Louvre, Paris, since 1797.
The Mona Lisa is one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at US$100 million in 1962 (equivalent to $660 million in 2019).
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne is an unfinished oil painting of c. 1503 by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci depicting Saint Anne, her daughter, the Virgin Mary, and the infant Jesus.
Christ is shown grappling with a sacrificial lamb symbolizing his Passion as the Virgin tries to restrain him. The painting was commissioned as the high altarpiece for the Church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence, and its theme had long preoccupied Leonardo.
Lady with an Ermine is a portrait painting from 1489–1490 by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. Painted in the oil-on-walnut panel, it is housed in the Czartoryski Museum and is one of Poland's national treasures. The portrait's subject is Cecilia Gallerani, painted when she was the mistress of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, and Leonardo was in the Duke's service.
It is one of only four portraits of women painted by Leonardo, the Mona Lisa, Ginevra de Benci, and La Belle Ferronnière.
The Princes Czartoryski Collection, including the Lady with an Ermine, was sold for €100 million on 29 December 2016 to the Polish government by Princes Czartoryski Foundation, represented by Adam Karol Czartoryski, the last direct descendant of Izabela Czartoryska Flemming and Adam George Czartoryski, who brought the painting to Poland from Italy in 1798. The painting is currently located at the Czartoryski Museum in Kraków.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
The Last Supper is a late 15th-century mural painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. It is one of the Western world's most recognizable paintings. The work is assumed to have been started around 1495–96 and was commissioned as part of a plan of renovations to the church and its convent buildings by Leonardo's patron Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. The painting represents the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles, as it is told in the Gospel of John, 13:21 Leonardo had depicted the consternation that occurred among the Twelve Apostles when Jesus announced that one of them would betray him. Due to the methods used, various environmental factors, and intentional damage, little of the original painting remains today despite numerous restoration attempts, the last being completed in 1999.
Akseli Gallen-Kallela (26 April 1865 – 7 March 1931) was a Finnish painter best known for his illustrations of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. His work is considered very important for the Finnish national identity. He changed his name from Gallén to Gallen-Kallela in 1907.
In his own time, the painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela was especially admired by Finnish nationalist circles. The visual style known as 'national-romantic' is mainly his creation. He became known to the public at large as the illustrator of two key works of Finnish literature, the Kalevala and Seitsemän veljestä (Seven Brothers). In the 1920s, the new, 'modern' art supporters no longer appreciated Gallen-Kallela, but he later came to be admired for his particular versatility.
Another strong influence during her early pursuit of artistic skills was Finnish Painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Born 26 April 1865 in Pori, Finland, and died 7 March 1931. He was best known for his illustrations of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. His work was considered very important for the Finnish national identity.
Aino is a figure in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. It relates that she was the beautiful sister of Joukahainen. Her brother, having lost a singing contest to the storied Väinämöinen, promised Aino's "hands and feet" in marriage if Väinämöinen would save him from drowning in the swamp into which Joukahainen had been thrown. Aino's mother was pleased with the idea of marrying her daughter to such a famous and well-born person, but Aino did not want to marry such an older man. Rather than submit to this fate, Aino drowned herself. However, she returned to taunt the grieving Väinämöinen as a salmon.
Painting by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, depicting the Aino Story of Kalevala on three panels: The left one is about Väinämöinen and Aino's first encounter in the forest. The right one depicts mournful Aino weeping on the shore and listening to the call of the maids of Vellamo who are playing in the water. The central pane depicts fishing Väinämöinen having thrown away a small fish, now turning out to be Aino, who laughs at him and vanishes forever.
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989) was a Spanish surrealist artist renowned for his technical skill, precise draftsmanship, and the striking and bizarre images in his work. Born in Figueres, Catalonia, Dalí received his formal education in fine arts at Madrid. Influenced by Impressionism and the Renaissance masters from a young age, he became increasingly attracted to Cubism and avant-garde movements.
He moved closer to Surrealism in the late 1920s and joined the Surrealist group in 1929, soon becoming one of its leading exponents. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931 and is one of the most famous Surrealist paintings. Dalí lived in France throughout the Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939) before leaving for the United States in 1940, where he achieved commercial success. He returned to Spain in 1948, where he announced his return to the Catholic faith and developed his nuclear mysticism style, based on his interest in classicism, mysticism, and recent scientific developments. Dalí's artistic repertoire included painting, graphic arts, film, sculpture, design, and photography, at times in collaboration with other artists. He also wrote fiction, poetry, autobiography, essays, and criticism.
Major themes in his work include dreams, the subconscious, sexuality, religion, science, and closest personal relationships. To the dismay of those who held his work in high regard and to the irritation of his critics, his eccentric and ostentatious public behavior often drew more attention than his artwork. His public support for the Francoist regime, his commercial activities, and his late works' quality and authenticity have also been controversial. His life and work influenced other Surrealists, pop art, and contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst. There are two major museums devoted to Salvador Dalí's work: the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres, Spain, and the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Mona Lisa is also known as Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, or La Gioconda. As well as being one of Leonardo da Vinci's favorite paintings, it remains the most famous artwork in the world. The artist carried the Mona Lisa with him until he died and was clearly aware of its significance. After the painting was produced, there were questions raised about the identity of the sitter.
While most people agreed that it was Mona Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a Florentine silk merchant, a lot of people proposed it was, in fact, a self-portrait, and the facial features resemble a later self-portrait by Leonardo. However, even though little is known about the Mona Lisa's commissioning, how long it took to complete or payment for the work, Leonardo's early biography claims that it was indeed painted for Francesco del Giocondo and is a portrait of his wife. It's possible that this work was commissioned to mark one of two events - the purchase of a house in 1503 or the birth of the family's second son in 1502 after their daughter's death three years earlier.
The fine dark veil covering Mona Lisa's hair is often believed to be a mourning veil, a piece of clothing worn to symbolize social status. Yet, the subject's clothing is rather simple and ordinary, and neither her gown nor the scarf around her neck indicates her aristocratic standing. In 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris by a former employee who believed it belonged in Italy. The thief hid the painting underneath his painter's smock and left the museum. He had the painting for two years until police seized him, and the work was safely returned to its original home.
Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Virgin and Child with St Anne in 1510. It is Oil on wood and measures 168 x 130 cm. The original one is now located at Musée du Louvre, Paris. This painting depicted St. Anne, her daughter, the Virgin Mary, and the infant Jesus. Christ is shown grappling with a sacrificial lamb symbolizing his Passion whilst the Virgin tries to restrain him.
The painting was commissioned as the high altarpiece for the Church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence, and its theme had long preoccupied Leonardo. Leonardo first explored the topic of the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne around about 1498. His original sketch is now lost to us, but in the one illustrated below, commonly termed the Burlington House Cartoon, the infant Christ is shown blessing a young St. John during a meeting in the desert. This is only one of many sketches on the theme that was never translated into a painting; Leonardo was entirely abandoning these earlier ideas. Cartoons are preparatory large-scale drawings intended to be transferred to a wall or canvas during the final painting; this one was named after the British collection which once owned it.
Many scholars prefer the Burlington House Cartoon to Leonardo's completed oil painting, pointing out how Madonna's face is much more natural and less wooden looking. Here, he has arranged the figures as a pyramid set in a landscape. While the Virgin Mary's theme, her mother (Anne), and Jesus were common, Mary was unusual to be portrayed in her mother's lap. The background landscape, whose crags are seemingly replicated in Anne's veil, virtually melts in its sfumato haze. The baby lamb is both a symbol of innocence and Jesus' sacrifice for humanity, memorialized in John the Baptist's reference to Jesus as the "Lamb of God."
Lady with an Ermine is a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, from around 1489-1490. That stunning picture is 40.3 cm wide and 54.8 cm high, oil on walnut board. Unfortunately, the original background has been overlaid, probably in the 17th c. The subject of the portrait is identified as Cecilia Gallerani and was probably painted when she was the mistress of Lodovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, and Leonardo was in the service of the Duke.
Lady with an Ermine has been heavily over-painted. The entire background was darkened, her dress below the ermine was retouched, and a transparent veil being worn by the woman was repainted to match the color of her hair. The result of this last retouching has been to give the appearance that her hair reaches down and underneath her chin. Another change was the addition of dark shadows between her right hand's fingers, a close look at the bottom two fingers shows they are quite inferior to the others after an unknown restorer repainted them. An x-ray of this painting revealed the presence of a door in the original background.
Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine is one of the most important works in all of Western art. Only a handful of authentic panel paintings of him survive. Enormously curious, Leonardo often painted with experimental materials or abandoned projects once he had mastered the formal challenge each presented. An object of the greatest rarity, the Lady with an Ermine is a captivating image of exquisite elegance and reveals the artistic genius of Leonardo da Vinci's incomparable creative mind.
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Gets inspired by combining creative and commercial goals. Interested in values and people and intuitively view things and perceive the world through the own set of values. A committed individual feels comfortable amid the modern digital world by constantly developing digital and interpersonal skills. Values creativity and thinks abstractly and conceptually. As an idealistic professional, pushes things through in a determined and systematic manner, acts efficiently, and respects agreements.
"The world is my country and art my religion" ~ Nina Sabina CaballeroIndependent fine art professional, Artist, and Global Brand Sales professional in the fashion and design industry.
Currently studying at the University of Arts in Helsinki. Feel free to contact me with work opportunities, art projects, or collaborations.