Gilda Sharpe-Etteh was born on the island of Jamaica. During the early years of her upbringing she attended St. Catherine’s where she studied the art of the Renaissance artists and read European literature. Her exhibition career started when she was still a teenager – during which time she had five major exhibitions in Jamaica and London. She focused on the Jamaican landscapes and customs of the island. She visited Venice, Florence, and Rome, where she was captivated by the works of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. It inspired the creation series, the focus of her work later in life.
Alex Belozersky, sculptor, musician, and philosopher, was born in Moscow, USSR. He graduated from Moscow Conservatory, taught music and wrote for art magazines. In 1980 he immigrated to the United States.
In this country his multifaceted experience found expression in visual arts: paper and metal sculpture, as well as ceramics. He took his first steps as an artist at the Radcliff College Ceramics studio in Cambridge, where he spent two years building non-functional ceramic vessels, sculptures, and tiles. The tiles, shown in the spring of 1991 at Boston Design Center, generated considerable interest due to their authentic Russian medieval and Renaissance designs