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Sam Dobrow Exhibits Fine Art Collections in Paris

Sam Dobrow, represented by New York International Contemporary Art Society (NYICAS) and the Saphira and Ventura Gallery will exhibit works from two different collections in Paris during Paris Art Week in October 2017.

Phantasm Collection

Artitude Gallery, Paris, FR

Artitude Gallery, Paris


Figurative works from the Phantasm Collection will be on exhibition at Artitudes Gallery October 12-23 with a vernissage on Saturday, October 14. Artitudes Gallery is located just a block away from the beautiful Champ de Mars park and Eiffel Tower at 4 Avenue Paul Déroulède, 75015 Paris, France.

The “Phantasm” is a surreal, ghostly character seemingly in another world. That world is timeless and without place. The structured frame serves as the window where we peer from our universe into this unworldly world. We are drawn into a cosmic disturbance where a sensual form intermittently takes shape and fades away. She seems distant, unaware and untouchable. Sometimes she seems to be reaching out for help with a wanton desire to touch and be touched. Sometimes she seems to know we are watching but never acknowledges our presence. The erotic loneliness is maddening, foreboding, and yet captivating.

The Phantasm collection speaks to the strange ways humans interact with each other when separated by distance but joined by technology. It’s about people who live inside an electronic box and take form with electrons swirling around in a vacuum. Its about the madness of making contact through the window of glass. The paranormal world of this encounter is augmented by our zest for anonymous sex via computers and the Internet. These fantasy encounters are attractive because they are safe. They require no commitments, no physical contact, and no uncomfortable courting. It is about the laws of attraction, flirting, dominance, submission, exhibitionism, and voyeurism.

Images in the Phantasm Collection create an mysterious illusion through creative studio photography and very light digital manipulation. The subjects are photographed through a semi-translucent material before being toned with color and texture abstractions to create the alluring mood of each image.

Images curated for the Artitude exhibition are produced on metallic paper, matted and framed using archival materials and methods.

Surreality Collection

Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, FR

Carrousel du Louvre, Paris


Works from the Surreality Collection will be exhibited October 22-23 at the art fair in the famous Carrousel du Louvre mall (99, rue de Rivoli 75001 PARIS) beneath the iconic glass pyramid entrance to the Louvre Museum. Touting over 27,000 visitors to the art fair in 2015, this two day event draws an exclusive international clientele of art collectors and art enthusiasts.

The Surreality Collection is a body of work influenced by the surreal style of Salvador Dali’s melting landscapes. Additionally, the saturated color pallet and dreamy skies of Vincent Van Gogh’s post impressionist paintings play an important role in creating these fantasy places. Sam’s passion for science fiction and science of the universe join with his imagination to create images of possible worlds and parallel universes where life may exist similar to our earthly existence.

All the images begin with photographs which are then digitally manipulated to create the fantasy and inspiration.

Images curated for the Louvre exhibit are specially sized 24″ x 36 inch productions infused into aluminum, backed by sintra for stability, and framed with a float frame. The aluminum prints are extremely durable, scratch resistant, and museum quality productions.

About Saphira and Ventura Gallery

The Saphira & Ventura Gallery (S&V Gallery) and the New York International Contemporary Art Society (NYICAS) are non-profit entities established for the purpose of collecting, preserving and disseminating contemporary art. These efforts are employed via participation in internationally recognized exhibitions, fairs, and events; as part of a provocative effort to educate artists while showcasing contemporary artwork with a multicultural perspective.

S&V Gallery hosts gallery spaces around the globe and enjoys strong partnerships with gallerists in Sao Paulo, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Marbella and London!

S&V Gallery showcases a rich, diverse body of works from a talented group of international artists. It exhibits, promotes, provides consultation, and connects artists with a burgeoning community of “marchands d’Art” and collectors.

About Sam Dobrow

Sam Dobrow is a contemporary photographic artist who lives and works in the artist village of Coconut Grove, Florida. In the digital darkroom, Sam continues to test the boundaries of photography. All of his artwork begins in the camera and evolves into images with intensely beautiful constructs amplified by his emotions and perceptions of the world and its inhabitants. Whether it is a street scene, portrait or figurative works, Sam captures beauty by presenting subjects shaped by light, framed by strong graphical elements, and emotionally supercharged by the thoughtful choice of color. According to Sam, the art of photography begins with a feeling, followed by seeing through the camera with anticipation, and ultimately developing an image that speaks to that feeling. Sam’s artwork is represented and exhibited nationally and internationally.

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Visiting the Otavalo Indigenous Market


Otavalo is a small city situated at about 8300 ft altitude in the highlands of Ecuador. Its nearly 40,000 inhabitants are mostly indigenous people. On Saturdays, the city hosts a huge indigenous market selling everything from livestock to handmade textiles. The Otavalo indigenous people come to the market wearing traditional garments and jewelry. Their expressions and gestures tell a story of a different culture shaped by a traditional existence. This photostory focuses on the animal market where local farmers bring their livestock to sell in a very traditional way. Different areas are set up for poultry, lamb, pork, and beef. Rabbit and guinea pigs are also sold at the market. It can be sad to see families parting with livestock which may have become a pet knowing it will soon be slaughtered for food.

The images are best viewed in full screen mode.

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A Day In The Sacred Valley Of The Incas


The trek to Machu Picchu begins in Cusco, Peru and traverses the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The road to Machu Picchu is long and scenic. The Sacred Valley is inhabited by many indigenous people of the Andes who still practice ancient rituals and dress in traditional style. The younger generation tends to break with tradition and embraces modern fashion.

This photostory presents black and white photography of landscapes and indigenous people in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is best viewed in full screen mode.

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Galapagos Islands

Visiting the Galapagos Islands was an amazing adventure. I spent a week on an eight cabin catamaran and we were escorted to numerous sites in the islands. One benefit of being on a small vessel is that you spend no time getting to and from your daily excursion points. The vessel anchors right where you will be exploring and a dinghy is launched less than 5 minutes from your point of exploration. Each morning we were awakened at 6:00 am for breakfast with a 7:00 am departure. The daily activities usually started with a hike followed by a snorkel returning to the boat for lunch. The captain would occasionally move to another nearby bay during the early afternoon break. Afternoon activities included a snorkel and or hike from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. We were back on board for dinner around 6:30 or 7:00 pm. We would travel to our next location as the sun was setting or during the night hours for a longer trek.

There are many misconceptions about the Galapagos islands. The most common misconception is that the islands are prehistoric because Darwin developed his theory of evolution and natural selection while studying in the Galapagos. Interestingly, the islands are relatively young and formed by volcanic action of the earth’s plates moving easterly over a hot spot that creates new islands as older ones drift east. What makes these islands so unique is the abundance of wildlife adapted to a harsh environment. There is no source of fresh water and many human endeavors in the Galapagos have failed due to the inability to grow food and find fresh drinking water. Admission to the area is tightly regulated. As a result of careful environmental management and limited tourism, the animals have no fear of humans and some, especially sea lions, will playfully interact with the visitors. The density of wildlife guarantees that you will have close contact with the wildlife. Having a 100mm – 400mm zoom lens gave me the opportunity to make some beautiful animal portraits.

The photos in this slideshow only show the land excursions. I did not have an underwater camera though I wish I did because the marine life is as extraordinary as the terrestrial life. I hope you enjoy the pictures. View them in full screen at high resolution if you have a good Internet connection.

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NYICAS Exhibits Sam Dobrow Photography and Captures Best Booth Award at ArtExpo

NYICAS Booth at ArtExpo NYC

ArtExpo New York Awards

The New York International Art Society (NYICAS) with Saphira and Ventura Gallery represent the photographic art of Sam Dobrow nationally and internationally. Their booth at ArtExpo in New York City is currently exhibiting figurative works by Sam Dobrow (see above – bronze nude) and several other artists. The NYICAS has received recognition and award for best booth design which is a great acknowledgement for having an eye for art and its presentation.

Best Booth Design by NYICAS

About ArtExpo NY

39+ Years of Extraordinary Art

For thirty-nine years and counting, ArtExpo has been changing the way people buy and sell art. Our annual, juried expo brings the biggest publishers, galleries and collectors face to face with hundreds of established and emerging artists. In short, we’re the world’s largest fine art marketplace.

Hundreds of Artists, Thousands of New Works

This year, we’ll host over 400+ innovative exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers from across the globe, showcasing exciting original artwork, prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclee, lithographs, glass works and more—all under one roof at Pier 94.

An Annual Fine Art Destination

Each year thousands of art industry insiders flock to ArtExpo New York in search of the art and artists that will shape trends in galleries worldwide. Hosting more than 30,000 avid art enthusiasts annually, we’re the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers—including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers and art & framing retailers.

About Saphira and Ventura Gallery

The Saphira & Ventura Gallery (S&V Gallery) and the New York International Contemporary Art Society (NYICAS) are non-profit entities established for the purpose of collecting, preserving and disseminating contemporary art. These efforts are employed via participation in internationally recognized exhibitions, fairs, and events; as part of a provocative effort to educate artists while showcasing contemporary artwork with a multicultural perspective.

S&V Gallery hosts gallery spaces around the globe and enjoys strong partnerships with gallerists in Sao Paulo, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Marbella and London!

S&V Gallery showcases a rich, diverse body of works from a talented group of international artists. It exhibits, promotes, provides consultation, and connects artists with a burgeoning community of “marchands d’Art” and collectors.

About Sam Dobrow

Sam Dobrow is a Miami, Florida based contemporary artist who continues to test the boundaries of photography. All of Sam Dobrow’s artwork begins with the camera and evolves into images with intensely beautiful constructs amplified by his emotion and perceptions of the world and its inhabitants.

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Sam Dobrow Photography Exhibits at Coconut Grove Ritz Carlton Thurs April 13, 2017

Coconut Grove Ritz Carlton Art Expo April 13, 2017

You are invited to join Sam Dobrow and a select group of artists for a one night exhibition and art sale Thursday April 13, 2017 at the Coconut Grove Miami Ritz Carlton Residences. Admission is free however the courtesy of a RSVP is requested. Please RSVP to samdobrowphotography@gmail.com

Sam Dobrow is a contemporary photographic artist who lives and works in the artist village of Coconut Grove, Florida. In the digital darkroom, Sam continues to test the boundaries of photography. All of his artwork begins in the camera and evolves into images with intensely beautiful constructs amplified by his emotions and perceptions of the world and its inhabitants. Whether it is a street scene, portrait or figurative works, Sam captures beauty by presenting subjects shaped by light, framed by strong graphical elements, and emotionally supercharged by the thoughtful choice of color.

According to Sam, the art of photography begins with a feeling, followed by seeing through the camera with anticipation, and ultimately developing an image that speaks to that feeling. Sam’s artwork is represented and exhibited nationally and internationally.

Sam will be exhibiting works from his personal collection at the Ritz Carlton Residences Coconut Grove, 3400 SW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33133. Valet parking is available for guests.

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ART Habens Magazine Selects Surreality Collection Works for Special Edition

ART Habens Selects Sam Dobrow's photography for feature story.

ART Habens Selects Sam Dobrow’s photography for feature story.

Notice of Selection

I am please to announce that ART Habens magazine will be interviewing me and publishing an 18 page article with several works from the Surreality Collection in their next special issue of art review. I received the following notification today:

Thanks for your interest in the 6th Edition of ART Habens. We have been very impressed with your artistic production and we are glad to inform you that Extraordinary Rendition from McAlpine, Rings of Sintra and Apocalypto have been selected for publication in the next Special edition of ART Habens Art Review.

In particular, we have highly appreciated the way your experimental exploration of the blurry bunday [sic] between experience and imagination challenges the spectatorship’s perceptual parameters, as well as your insightful inquiry into an alternative world establishes deep involvement with the viewers both on the emotional aspect and on the intellectual one. So we’ll be pleased to submit you a personal interview that will be published in the next special issue of our art review.

In addition to the specific curated works, several other works will be showcased in the feature story.

About the 6th Edition of ART Habens Art Review

For the 6th time ART Habens is inviting entries to find the most interesting emerging worldwide artists.

This year’s edition will focus on a recurrent paradox in contemporary art: the vague and ambiguous but thoroughly entrenched boundaries between the different practices of new media.

In particular it will engage with artists dealing with process-driven changes in our society, who pair their observations with new media technologies to produce their art projects: this competition aims to give the impetus and opportunity to artists (painting, fine art photography, video art, mixed media, public art as well as fashion & design and performative arts) to work between the boundaries of Contemporary Art.

About ART Habens

ART Habens aims to engage artists, curators and gallerists in conversation about the role of Art in contemporary society. Inspired by the worldwide art scene, we highlight that art is an essential element in our lives: ART Habens reserves a special place to explore these transformations; first, by acknowledging the energy and effort that goes into the creation of art, and second, by investigating the new life a work takes on as it is transferred from artist to world.

About Sam Dobrow

Sam Dobrow is a contemporary photographic artist who lives and works in the artist’s village of Coconut Grove (Miami), Florida. In the digital darkroom, Sam continues to test the boundaries of photography. All his artwork begins with the camera and evolves into images with intensely beautiful constructs amplified by his emotions and perceptions of the world and its inhabitants. Whether its a street scene, a portrait, or figurative works, Sam captures beauty by presenting subjects shaped with light, framed by strong graphical elements, and emotionally supercharged by the the thoughtful choice of color.

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[NSFW] Figurative Works by Sam Dobrow Curated for Art Expo New York

Saphira and Ventura Gallery in New York City will be representing three figurative works produced by Sam Dobrow especially for their booth in Art Expo New York. The show will run Friday through Monday, April 21–24 at Pier 94, 711 12th Ave (55th Street & the West Side Highway), New York, NY 10019.

The three prints were produced for the New York show at a larger 20″ x 30″ print size. The giclee print is window mounted using white museum rag board and finished with a contemporary black frame. The framed wall art is 28″ x 38″.

Touch (20x30)

The Touch (20×30)
New Release, Not Currently Sold Online

Phantasm Collection

The prints curated for the Art Expo NY show are from the Phantasm Collection. It was originally inspired by critiques of the Bronze Nude.

The Phantasm Collection speaks to the strange ways humans interact with each other when separated by distance but joined by technology. It’s about people who live inside an electronic box and take form with electrons swirling around in a vacuum. Its about the madness of making contact through the window of glass. The paranormal world of this encounter is augmented by our zest for anonymous sex via computers and the Internet. These fantasy encounters are attractive because they are safe. They require no commitments, no physical contact, and no uncomfortable courting. It is about the laws of attraction, flirting, dominance, submission, exhibitionism, and voyeurism.

The “Phantasm” is a surreal, ghostly character seemingly in another world. That world is timeless and without place. The structured frame serves as the window where we peer from our universe into this unworldly world. We are drawn into a cosmic disturbance where a sensual form intermittently takes shape and fades away. She seems distant, unaware and untouchable. Sometimes she seems to be reaching out for help with a wanton desire to touch and be touched. Sometimes she seems to know we are watching but never acknowledges our presence. The erotic loneliness is maddening, foreboding, and yet captivating.

About ArtExpo NY

39+ Years of Extraordinary Art

For thirty-nine years and counting, ArtExpo has been changing the way people buy and sell art. Our annual, juried expo brings the biggest publishers, galleries and collectors face to face with hundreds of established and emerging artists. In short, we’re the world’s largest fine art marketplace.

Hundreds of Artists, Thousands of New Works

This year, we’ll host over 400+ innovative exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers from across the globe, showcasing exciting original artwork, prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclee, lithographs, glass works and more—all under one roof at Pier 94.

An Annual Fine Art Destination

Each year thousands of art industry insiders flock to ArtExpo New York in search of the art and artists that will shape trends in galleries worldwide. Hosting more than 30,000 avid art enthusiasts annually, we’re the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers—including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers and art & framing retailers.

About Saphira and Ventura Gallery

The Saphira & Ventura Gallery (S&V Gallery) and the New York International Contemporary Art Society (NYICAS) are non-profit entities established for the purpose of collecting, preserving and disseminating contemporary art. These efforts are employed via participation in internationally recognized exhibitions, fairs, and events; as part of a provocative effort to educate artists while showcasing contemporary artwork with a multicultural perspective.

S&V Gallery hosts gallery spaces around the globe and enjoys strong partnerships with gallerists in Sao Paulo, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Marbella and London!

S&V Gallery showcases a rich, diverse body of works from a talented group of international artists. It exhibits, promotes, provides consultation, and connects artists with a burgeoning community of “marchands d’Art” and collectors.

About Sam Dobrow

Sam Dobrow is a Miami, Florida based contemporary artist who continues to test the boundaries of photography. All of Sam Dobrow’s artwork begins with the camera and evolves into images with intensely beautiful constructs amplified by his emotion and perceptions of the world and its inhabitants.

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Sam Dobrow To Judge Photography Exhibits at Coconut Grove Arts Festival

2017 Coconut Grove Art Festival Map

2017 Coconut Grove Art Festival Map


I am please to announce that I will be one of the judges for the photography exhibitors at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival on February 18-20, 2017. Please visit Coconut Grove and support our national lineup of exhibiting artists. Admission is $15/day for adults, $5/day for Coconut Grove residents (33133 zipcode), free for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets online or at the gate.

About the Coconut Grove Arts Festival

What began in 1963 as an intimate “clothes line” art show featuring a handful of artists and a few thousand onlookers as part of a promotion for the Coconut Grove Playhouse’s production of Irma la Douce has transformed itself into South Florida’s most successful arts festival. Today, the event attracts an estimated 120,000 people to the winding streets of Coconut Grove during President’s Day weekend.

Produced by the Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association, Inc., a non-profit community organization under the direction of a board of directors and full-time staff, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival® showcases the works of 360 internationally recognized artists who are selected from nearly 1,300 applicants. Jurors evaluate the artist’s work and displays to select participants in such categories as mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood.

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Thanks to The Sonesta Coconut Grove for Hosting


I’d like to thank everyone who so graciously hosted my exhibit at the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami last night. It was a group collaboration between the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and Hemsworth Communications. As a resident of Coconut Grove it is such an honor to be invited to show my art to the community during the Fashion, Art, and Music (FAM) night. Curtis Crider, General Manager at the Sonesta extended the hospitality of his entire organization with champagne and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Everyone from the front desk staff to the security guards and wait staff were fabulous. Lilia Garcia of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival organized and promoted the evening and made sure that everything came together for a delightful exhibit. Cassandra Cardenas from Hemsworth Communications covered the event with announcements and social media exposure. At the end of the evening, Janice and I went upstairs to catch a cocktail and dinner while overlooking Coconut Grove. We both had the Corvina which was a perfect ending to a great evening.

My only regret is that I was so busy talking with guests that I forgot to take a couple snaps to post. So I’ll just leave a pic of the view from the Panorama restaurant upstairs.

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