Artists – Spring Program, 2017


Selected Artists for Carpe diem Artist Residency, Spring Program 2017



Filipa Tojal

Born in the winter of 1993 in Porto (Portugal) lives in Japan as a Research Student at Tokyo University of the Arts. Studied Fine Arts – Painting at Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto and Middlesex University in London (UK).Traveling in Europe allowed her to understand the deep world of painting, mostly landscape, and now, living in Japan, a completely new and complex world of concepts is changing her perspectives about art, nature and life. As an admirer of traditional techniques, drawing, painting and printmaking took her to Asia, where she is following nature as an observer of atmospheres, movements and shapes.


Johanna Elomaa

Johanna Elomaa is a 38 years old master of economics, journalist and a writer from Helsinki and has worked in the biggest media houses in Finland. Her first novel Let your thoughts be with the living was published in September in Finnish and has had promising reviews. She is writing her second novel, that tells a tragic story of the two boys, childhood best friends and is based in India. She is an ecological activist too and has worked in Borneo with the extremely endangered Borneon Orangutans. 

Micheal Zank

Micheal Zank

Michael Zank (b. 1958), a native of Germany, teaches at Boston University where he also heads the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. He has written on great European Jewish thinkers, including Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Leo Strauss and is the author of a forthcoming brief history of Jerusalem. During his residency, he will work on a comparison between the national-religious conflicts around the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary complex and Ram Janmabhoomi/Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

Miriam Shenitzer Photo

Miriam Shenitzer

Miriam is an artist who sometimes draws with both hands. She draws on paper, on etching plates and in animations trying to make the drawings say as much as possible with as little as possible. The blank page is an intentional part of the drawing’s vocabulary. The subjects of her work are recognizable—people, animals, objects—but not always realistic. She is interested in the feeling that the drawing produces. Her drawings often include language that narrates, comments on and reacts to the images. She says, “Irony is the basis of much of my work”. In her current series Putative Lives of Great European Thinkers, for example, the invented portraits of thinkers, their companions and the objects which peopled their lives are captioned by invented biographical notes: “Walter Benjamin’s toys, donated by his mother to the Jewish orphanage without his knowledge.” She finds that the more she immerses herself in these invented histories, the more weight the narrative carries. Miriam trained at Bezalel Academy of Art and Harvard University. Since 1997 she is based at the Boston Center for the Arts. Her work has been shown at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington DC, at the National Library in Ottawa and at Brown University. It is found in numerous collections, including the Fogg Museum, Yale University Library, and the Library of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been featured in the New Yorker magazine.


Moksha Kumar

Moksha Kumar is an artist who hails from Pratt Institute,NY where she did her B.F.A. She has lived in Goa for a year doing shows and work all over India and creating art as she knows best. As a lover of all creative endeavours, she always hopes to push her boundaries using any and every creative medium to do so. Experimenting with her abilities, she currently has a studio that is constantly busy and full of her ideas for future projects.


Pat Lemos

Pat Lemos is a Spanish visual artist. She holds a BFA from the Polytechnic University of Valencia(2013), city where she is currently based. Her nomadic spirit and big interest on cultures and extreme landscapes encouraged her to fulfill residencies in the Sahara Refugee Camps (Algeria), Raufarhöfn (Iceland), the Basque Country (France) or Rajasthan (India). Exploring the depths of the subconscious and digging into self awareness conquest is how she fundamentally approaches to art. She believes that “the most intimate is the most universal”, therefore, her personal experiences shape her genuine way of reaching creation. There are no limits for the expression regarding mediums nor dimensions, being painting, collage or photography generally used. Powerful, stunning colours, deep blacks and the presence of exuberant horizons and transparent bodies offer a mysterious painted imagery. Constantly merging abstraction and figurative indistinctively, she invites the spectator to a transforming journey into the shadows towards the light. Interested in art as an open, alive project, Pat Lemos always conveys a sense of pureness, presenting life being what it is.