Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Emil Figueroa Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

Emil Figueroa Fine Art

I spent my childhood in Brooklyn, NY and at the age of 10, I began studying figure drawing at the Pratt Institute on weekends. I attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City and graduated with a concentration in illustration and costume design. 

After many years of working in the telecommunications industry, I decided to venture back into the world of art. Around 2006 and at the suggestion of a neighbor, I began studying with a local artist.  For the past 11 years, I have been studying with artist, Andrew Lattimore of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY. I have also attended workshops taught by artist, Joe Paquet.
I have participated in many local venues including the Howland Cultural Center, Barrett School, Hudson Valley Hospital Center, The Book Cove, Downing Film Center, Beekman Library, McKinney and Doyle Restaurant, and the ArtEast Open Studio Tour. 

In my studio, one of my favorite subjects to paint is teddy bears and hoping along the way to bring them to life. All of my landscapes of the great Hudson Valley are created en plein air. Every opportunity I have, I love spending outdoors capturing the beauty surrounding me.  I also enjoy journalizing my vacations by putting brush to canvas. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Fr. Simon Kurpios Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

 Simon Kurpios’s acrylic paintings explore the relationships between spirituality, the nature, the emotions, the meditations, and the divine. His work, which is informed by the New York Metropolis where he lives, features urban motion and the mix people emotions in strong blues, reds, and yellows. The paintings, which collectively make use of similar colors, shapes, and moods, are derived from Simon’s exploration of spirituality, religion, philosophy, psychology, and music. Though generally abstract in free style, Kurpios's work offers a tangible subject, radiating out as a sensory invitation that he hopes will “remind the viewer of the wonder and oneness of all things, and especially the sacredness of their own divinity.”

Kurpios studied at The Adam Mickiewicz University in PoznaƄ and The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow. His works has been featured in International Poster Festivals in Cracow, and galleries in Warsaw, Poznan and Cracow (Poland). He is a author of numerous book and magazine cover illustrations and book illustrations. He has also published book Wlastimil Hofman’s Religious Painting. 

Simon Kurpios was born in Poland and is a Parochial Vicar for St. James Apostle Church in Carmel, NY.

Please visit his website at for more information.