Locations :

Mezz Conference Rm Walls :
Reception :
Mezz S Lounge :

29 N Stairwell:
19 N:
19 S:

  Artists

  Bojana Iliac
  Katharine Syzmanski
  James Patrick Ostler
& Lazaro Villarreal
  Caroline Liu
  James Patrick Ostler
  Brian Hofmeister

For Purchase or other inquiries, please contact info@stateoftheartchicago.com


Bojana Iliac

bojitt.com • Instagram @bojanailic_bojitt

“Passion, color, and detail define me as artist and designer...I am inspired by moments, people, music, and culture. I’m constantly curious with a huge urge to give back and empower people and children to think bigger than themselves.”

Bojana Ilic - BOJITT is a Serbian-born multidisciplinary artist with a degree in clothing and textile design. After a successful 10-year career in the fashion industry in Europe, Bojana moved to the United States where she lives now with her son.

BOJITT leverages over 15 years of experience. BOJITT’s work has helped clients develop and deliver their brand, vision, and passion through art and fashion. Her experience ranges from corporate clients like Leo Burnett, Philip Morris, and Chevrolet to wardrobe styling and creating costumes for theaters and television (NBC, FOX, Lyric Opera Chicago...)

For last 5 years BOJITT creates and teaches interactive empowering art programs for adults and youths for corporates and school programs, and regularly performs her art for fundraisers and corporate events. 

Her paintings and murals can be seen in public spaces throughout Chicago and US as well as internationally. True collaboration and honest expression are BOJITT’s strongest assets. Her success stems from her extensive experience and ability to bring ideas to fruition in a unique and professional manner. 


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Katharine Syzmanski

katszymanski.com • Instagram @katpszymanski

Artist statement:
I create colorful atmospheric spaces that invites emotion and contemplation. My artwork effortlessly casts an overarching femininity that challenges the imagination to explore both what is seen and unseen. Through my creative process, I fuse the energy of nature with the inherent emotions of color. With native textures and nuances, I employ the natural surface of wood to further cultivate the emergence of organic goals. I hope the viewer is pleasantly surprised by my divergence from the predictable into the unexpected.

Bio:
Mixing pigments is something she did well at work, too. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago Kat became the chief colorist at Baker Prints, a screen-printing studio that caters to the music industry. After six years of printing, she left at the beginning of 2019 to focus on and pursue her art practice.



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James Patrick Ostler

jamespatrickostler.com • Instagram @jamespatrickostler

James Patrick Ostler lives in Chicago, IL with his wife and son.  He received his BA from the University of Missouri in 2009.

His work is mood dominant. He uses gestural abstraction to create mosaics of vitality and chaos. 

Through marks that swirl, push and pull into motion, he contrasts speed with consideration, and fluidity with gross physicality.  Inertia gives way to darkness, color to vagueness, and delicacy to coarseness.

Much of his work explores an inscrutable link between beauty and sadness.  

His aim is to produce art that can look back at the world and know its secret.


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Lazaro Villarreal

lazaro411.wixsite.com/lazaro • Instagram @Lazarowordtour

American artist born and raised on the Northside of Chicago. Lazaro’s preferred art medium is acrylic although he has an extensive photography portfolio as well. Lazaro grew up doodling on every piece of paper he could find, but did not take his passion to the next level until 2010. His biggest inspiration comes from the colorful people he has encountered throughout his childhood who made an impression on him to this day. Being of Mexican descent, he was influenced by all the vibrant color and drama he was exposed to by his family and on trips to the Mexican neighborhood of Pilsen in the early 80s.


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Brian Hofmeister

 Instagram @bhofmeister13

Brian Hofmeister is a painter with a love for board games, queer geek culture and geometric art originally from Chicago and now living in Shanghai, China.


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Caroline Liu

 carolineliu.com • Instagram @catsandart

Chicago based artist Caroline Liu is a painter, illustrator, and muralist. Her work explores the complex layers of perception and memory through reflection within the self and within a community. Rich with symbolism, her compositions contain a powerful iconography of totems, flora and fauna, patterns, and portraiture that is paired with her electric and vibrant color palette. Her work is deeply connected to her personal narrative and memories, while also evoking a wider sense of universality in themes of vulnerability, loss, strength, and togetherness.