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Chicago Artist Database – Recently Added Artists

To encourage artists to upload their work to the Chicago Artist Database, we will be featuring five recently added artists on Chicago Art Magazine.  You can add yourself to the database here. (Note: the system is buggy and we don’t provide tech support, so read the uploading directions carefully.)

Alexa Karabin – Recent MFA graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Combines different print techniques with photo and digital processes.

Ursula Sokolowska was born in Krakow, Poland. She studied photography at Columbia College (1997-99), completing her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001. Although her work is deeply personal, her images are also a reflection of separation of the body from consciousness and objectification. Her photographs can be found in many public and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Tanqueray. Selected exhibitions include The Travelling Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, Saatchi Gallery, Zoo Art Fair, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom, Minnesota Center for Photography, and Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL. Her work has appeared in CameraArts magazine, Light & Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, and featured in the Chicago Tribune.


David Downs was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1978. He taught himself to draw at an early age, motivated by an interest in art. In college he majored in photography and fell in love with the darkroom processes of black and white photography. In the late 90’s David taught himself to paint in oils, which has become his preferred medium since. Currently, David lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. His recent works move between heavily painted works on canvas to photographic transfers onto painted paper or canvas. His paintings have been exhibited in New York City and Chicago and have been published in several books, including die Zeit of Drawing (Climate/Gallery), International Dictionary of Artists (World Wide Art Books), and self-published books, New American Landscape and David Paul Downs: Recent Works (Sprocketbox Entertainment).

Lora Delestowicz-Wierzbowski – From my first work, my focus has been on my environment, both past and immediate. I am a native Chicagoan. I’ve lived many other places, but returned here again and again. I produce art about the places I’ve lived/live in, and the people I’ve known/know. I always have a sketchbook and/or camera, so I am constantly drawing/taking pictures. Some of these develop into paintings. Light and color are my primary interest; both light and color evoke deep emotional responses. I try to show the exquisiteness of the things we look at every day: the view from our window, your walk to work, and the #35 bus route.

David April – Software developer by day, photographer and digital artist by night, Dave April tries to maintain a healthy balance between the left brain and right brain challenges life has to offer. His photographic and fractal artwork has been featured in national magazines and at the International Congress of Mathematics in Madrid Spain in 2006. Dave tries to infuse humor and playfulness into his work, with portraiture being a favorite subject.