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OPTASIA 02
39" x 39" inch 
Edition 1/5
Archival pigment print mounted on dibond. Custom frame comes with non-reflective museum plexiglass.

OPTASIA 3 Inspired by a section of the torso of a Cycladic female figurine from the Museum of Cycladic Art.
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Giuliano Bekor
OPTASIA 3 Original photography Edition of 5 by Giuliano Bekor

2018

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OPTASIA 02 39" x 39" inch Edition 1/5 Archival pigment print mounted on dibond. Custom frame comes with non-reflective museum plexiglass. OPTASIA 3 Inspired by a section of the torso of a Cycladic female figurine from the Museum of Cycladic Art. Cycladic culture, a starting point of Ancient Greek civilization, was also the stimulus for OPTASIA artwork. OPTASIA series A palimpsest of forms and emotions OPTASIA is the new body of work by Giuliano Bekor, the internationally acclaimed photographer, perpetually in love with Greece and Greek culture. On show for the first time, the collection is part of the Life Art Festival 2018 in Greece and an ideal opportunity for the photographer to create artworks inspired by emblematic ancient treasures: Cycladic art, Black-figured and Geometric amphorae, Classical sculpture and Hellenistic mosaics. Los Angeles and New York based, Giuliano Bekor, a veteran in fashion and celebrity photography, has long been passionate with the same beauty that inspired Ancient Greek art: that of the human figure. In his artistic works, he creates large-scale photographs where he envelops his models in a second skin made of art inspired forms, which go beyond the aesthetics of the image by challenging omnipresent issues such as the masculine and the heroic. The figures – masterly composed, without any digital manipulation, and dramati- cally lit against dark backgrounds - are hence given a highly painterly quality. In OPTASIA, the naked female body becomes the canvas on which the artist creates his own idiosyncratic archeology: a palimpsest of forms and emotions, at times dark and other times luminous, like human history and life itself. The outcome of pairing Ancient Greek motifs with the naked bodies, especially through the prism of a crosscultural body adornment tradition, is a transcend- ing vision of imaginary goddesses. OPTASIA is indeed a beautiful vision. ABOUT THE ARTIST Internationally recognized photographer, Giuliano Bekor, holds a portfolio that includes work from the realms of fashion, beauty, celebrity, advertising, and fine art. Giuliano’s photography has been featured in top publications around the globe, and his client list includes an endless file of beauty industry leaders, advertising agencies, celebrities, producers, and artists. With 30 years in the industry, Giuliano has perfected his craft to an exceptional level of expertise. Composed of light, color, space and form, Giuliano brings ideas conceptualized in his own imagination into reality throughout his work. Currently living between New York and Los Angeles, Giuliano is often on the move traveling for work and inspiration. Always the restless visionary, he ceases to continually express his fresh and nuanced style. For Giuliano Bekor, a photograph is an image that comes into being consciously, composed of light, color, space and form. Like a painter, he sketches, refining ideas through pen and pencil well before the shutter clicks. A camera is strictly a means to an end, a way of making a palpable visual record of an idea that gestates in his mind, gains shape by his hand, and resolves through his eye as it peers through the lens. His subject is the human body, almost always nude. These images delve into the splendor of the body - how it can express the inner meaning of who we are. Limbs, torsos, muscles and bones are exposed as though carved out of a supple, glowing stone that flexes and twists. Many of these photographs feature subjects posed with the eyes obscured, the face covered. If we look closely, Bekor says, we can see that the body is as much a window into the soul as the eyes. This is a gallery of the soul etched into the forms we assume in the physical world. Through exaggerated contrast between light and dark, smooth and textured, vaporous and tactile, Giuliano deliberately filters the extraneous. The camera captures the image, but for Bekor each exposure is a transformation - of himself, his subjects, and us. He is digging into uneasy turf, fraught with tension: masculine/feminine, heroic/cowardly, shameless/shameful, eternal/fleeting. The intensity of detail, the fiercely exquisite perfection of the bodies themselves, the unflinching, scrupulous engagement of the lens, negates all pretense of politeness. Confronted, we are summoned to look. So we must. And we do. And we experience the beautiful human forms we inhabit and the silent, eloquent language they speak. EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS Giuliano Bekor’s most recent fine art photography solo shows include: 2019 - March Lips The cool HeArt gallery Sofitel Hotel Beverly Hills CA; 2019 - February Modernismo Hôtel Plaza Athénée - Paris, France - Femmes je vous aime – Art Photo Expo; 2018 - October Transcendence Leclaireur Gallery Los Angeles CA benefiting the foundation for living beauty; 2018 - September Optasia Cacoyannis Foundation Tavros, Greece; 2018 - June Optasia Life Art Festival Santorini & Athens, Greece; 2018 - May Modernismo Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, France; 2018 - March Emulsion Laurent & Martin Gallery Los Angeles, CA; 2017 - December Modernismo Pacific Design Center West Hollywood, CA; 2016 - December SUBMERSION Waves for Water/Dos Gardenias Malibu CA; 2016 - September Modernismo Ron Robinson Gallery Art Santa Monica, CA; 2015 - April Metamorphosis collaboration with Visionnaire Home Phylosophy, Salone di Mobili, Milan, Italy; 2015 - Feb Selected Art Fabbrica Eos Gallery Milan, Italy.

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  • Dimensions
    H 39 in. x W 39 in. x D 1 in.H 99.06 cm x W 99.06 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Culver City, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU108514228151
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    Not framed Price: $8,000
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