About Us

Our Mission

Connect: connecting professional visual artists of all backgrounds, disciplines and nationalities, ISZAF promotes international artist networking, collaboration and professional development within the Pearl River Delta Region of Guangdong, China, while engaging the local community as well through our various programmes, professional workshops and art/gallery events.

Converse: providing various outlets for discussion, critique or for the exploration of new artistic techniques, ISZAF assists with constructive outlets for artistic conversation on all levels both within the ISZAF community and the community abroad. In addition, ISZAF works in diverse ways with artists and their galleries through their programmes for its’ members and supporters, curators and arts professional, and our arts consultancy services.

Convey: creating a platform for artists and their work to have greater visibility within greater China, ISZAF brings audiences and collectors close the work of the artists through various media outlets (digital & print), individual gallery or group shows, and community art events.

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ISZAF Administrative Team

Brittan Aebischer, ISZAF Co-Chair and Founder

Brittan Aebischer is an American artist and community arts leader, living and working in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) of Southern China for over seven years. Working as a mixed-media artist, Brittan identifies his work through his 'personal "ontologies"' in philosophy and the human condition. Brittan believes in the power of conceptualisation to be the driving force when composing visual imagery and artistic experiences. His work is graphic, surreal, cathartic, and intellectualised; focusing on the reality, yet abstraction of the human experience.

Founding (ISZAF) International Shenzhen Artist Forum in fall of 2016 and currently the Co-Chair of ISZAF, Brittan desires to create a platform for all international aestheticians and artists of all disciplines to connect and collaborate within the GBA region of Southern, China. It is with this belief that he hopes to establish a stronger network and community of art professionals, providing greater economic viability and opportunities within China’s arts and culture industries.

Brittan holds a Bachelors in Graphic Design and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). He has over 7 years of arts education teaching experience, ages 9-18.

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Website: brittanaebischer.com

Gloria Carnevale, ISZAF Co-Chair and Founding Member

Gloria Carnevale is an artist, designer, educator and speaker who has lived and worked in Shenzhen for the past six years. She is a founding member of ISZAF and is currently the Co-Chair. Gloria works as the Head of the Arts Department for Visual Arts and Design at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS). She teaches senior level visual arts courses and is also qualified to teach design and technology.

Gloria holds degrees in visuals arts (BFA, Mount Allison Unversity), Design (Sheridan Institute of Technolgy and Advance Learning) and education (B.Ed, Brock University), and has worked as an educational and design industry professional for years. 

Gloria's artwork explores the themes surrounding the concept of identity, such as how relationships and surroundings collaborate to identify a person. She enjoys to incorporate both serious and satirical elements into her work, as well as manipulating repetition, bold colours and textures. 

Website: www.gloriacarnevale.com

Catarina Braga, ISZAF Artistic Production and Organizer

Catarina Braga is an artist, writer and photographer.
In 2016, she earned her BA in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto, Portugal. Besides that, she also studied Conceptual Art, Video and Printmaking, at the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna, Austria.
Since 2015, she has been participating internationally in collective and individual exhibitions and she’s also a self-publisher. Since 2014, Catarina has been involved in several collaborative artistic projects.

Her work deals with processual matters of Photography, thinking and exploring the medium itself, in relation with memory, temporal and spacial traveling in our contemporaneity. Always reflecting about what is our relationship with reality, re-thinking the image and its value with today's problematics, the work takes numerous forms, from text to Photography, to installations, objects and publications.

Website: https://catarinabraga.com/
Kumi Onari- Legault, ISZAF Community Drawing Coordinator

Kumi Onari-Legault draws her inspiration from her cultural diversity. Kumi, the daughter of Japanese parents, was born and raised in Venezuela. Influenced by the art of her mother and grandfather, Kumi has experimented with visual art throughout her life. Kumi entered the Universidad del Zulia, in Maracaibo, Venezuela to study Design and Architecture and was selected to serve the university as an Associate Professor of Architecture. Kumi has since moved from Venezuela and developed her career as an international school Visual Arts teacher and has lived in Nagoya (Japan), Seoul, Shanghai and currently in Shenzhen.
Kumi believes that art is within all of us. She particularly enjoys inspiring young artists to unlock their potential.

Jennifer Nicklas, ISZAF ArtSZine Content Editor

Jennifer Nicklas is intrinsically fascinated with the intersection of art, creativity, education, and community. While she originally hails from Kansas City, Jennifer has been living and working in China for the past six years. She received her Bachelor’s in Art Education from Northern Arizona University and is currently finishing her Master’s in Art Education and Leadership from Boston University. Jennifer finds time to write about her experiences and her work has been featured in several publications. She seeks opportunities to share her ideas and research with others and was recently invited to present at the International Journal of Art and Design Education (iJADE) conference.

Jennifer employs a variety of media in her own art while exploring concepts such as place, structure, functionality, and identity. Jennifer’s interest in science emerges both conceptually and through her process as she is inspired by the micro and macro that surrounds us all.

Jennifer has been teaching art for over a decade and believes that everyone has the innate ability and fundamental need to create. When Jennifer is not busy making, teaching, or writing, she enjoys exploring the world and learning the stories of the places she visits and the people she meets.

Website: http://nicklasart.com/

Maria Elena Botello Mogas, The Forum Lecture Coodinator

Maria is an American artist and educator, who has been living and working in Shenzhen for the past year. She holds a BFA with a concentration in sculpture, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Her work reflects a feminine and domestic quality, which she unendingly actualizes in her life. She travels through thoughts, perceptions and stereotypes in the feminine realm, crossing over circumstances, and issues often considered to be exclusively related to women. She embarks upon feminine symbols and transforms into artworks by an investigation of materials that reveals the potential of objects and materials when combined and manipulated.

Michael Williams, Community Mobilizer

Michael Williams is an American artist and educator. He has lived in Shenzhen for 3 years and has been part of the ISZAF community for a majority of that time. Michael has spent most of his artistic career seeing the world behind a camera. His current artistic practices have incorporated watercolor, pencil and ink drawings, as well as mixed-media.

Michael holds a bachelor degree in hotel and restaurant management and a masters of arts in education (MAEd). His classroom may not be an art class but he believes that art should be infused into all learning, and as a result has a lot of artwork on display. Michael thinks actively creating art to tell a story or to explain a word or phrase helps connect the auditory and written part of learning to the visual in the minds of the learner.

Website: https://13thlayerproduction.com/