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Anamarija Stibilj Šajn
Anamarija Stibilj Šajn  was born in San Peter (Slovenia) in 1965. She lives and works in  Logatec (Ljubljiana). She has a degree in Art History from the  University of Ljubljiana and she is an expert in the field of  Contemporary Art History. As an independent curator, she works with  various private and public foundations. She also wrote many texts about contemporary art. She is an official critic for many international workshops of contemporary art all over Slovenia.
Dobromiła Błaszczyk
Darine Rajhi
Dobromiła Błaszczyk is a founder and director of Contemporary Lynx - an arts organisation launched  in January 2013 with Sylwia Krasoń. Editor in Chief of Contemporary Lynx Magazine. Contemporary Lynx was created to encourage an appreciation and understanding of Polish and Central European contemporary art by a wide audience. Our goal is to raise awareness of Polish artists’ contribution to the international art scene. In our art magazine and on the website we publish first-hand information about interesting and prestigious art events from around the world. Contemporary Lynx is a springboard for further activities happening beyond the Internet – curatorial projects, art exhibitions, international cultural exchange, research and cross-media art events.
Holds a Master of Arts degree in History of Art from Jagiellonian University in Cracow (2010).
Curator and author of texts about art. From 2009 till 2011 she has been working at Starmach Gallery in Cracow, where she organises and coordinates exhibitions, art fairs and projects.
Guest lecturer at The Institute of Art History at Jagiellonian University, The Art and Antiques Market at The Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University.
Born in Tunis, Darine Rajhi graduated in Art and Events at the Tunis University of Arts. She is an indipendent curator, she  runs the gallery Magazzini dell’Arte Contemporanea and the Biennale in Trapani. She curated several exhibitions of Italian and foreign artists. Her idea is to develop projects involving European and Arab artists. She also coordinated the project “Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2017” for the city of Erice.
Ksenija Samardžija
Ksenija Samardžija comes from Belgrade, Serbia. In  2007 she graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of  Philosophy at Art History department, with a thesis about Frank Lloyd  Wright and architecture of democracy. In 2009 she became curator  for  Heritage House in Belgrade. In 2013 she founded the art association PODR.UM. which organizes and promotes young Serbian artists and cooperates with international galleries.
Barbara Bellinati
Barbara Bellinati lives and works in Trieste. She is an architect, she graduated at the IUAV  in Venice with a thesis about the renovation of "Villa Brigido" as a  music therapy centre. She is specialized in renovation and garden  architecture. She has always been passionate about art and design and  she likes to hang around the art scene and to collect works of  contemporary art.
Kateryna Timokhina
Kateryna Timokhina was born in 1986, Lemberg Ukraine. She lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany since 2004.
She graduated in 2013 with a BA in Architecture from the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf and in 2015 she received a MA in Exhibition Design from the University of Applied Sciences, always in Düsseldorf.
She was a Jury Member of the Association of German Interior Architects/Designers Award 2014.
She founded and manages the Artists Space W57 in Düsseldorf, which includes a Contemporary Art Gallery (Galerie am Meer), an Off Space project room (LAGER3),  and work ateliers and flats for the art students from the Art Academy Düsseldorf.
Fulvio Merlak
Mehrdad Khataei was born in 1976, in Tabriz, Iran. He attended the Azad University of Tehran with a Master in Fine Art.
From  1997 to 2008 he taught in meny different schools and universities,  such as the Tehran Fine Art School, the Aria Institute of Fine Art,  Tehran Al-Zahra University and the Tehran University (Faculty of Fine  Arts).
He is an artist whose works have been exposed in  Europe, Japan and in the USA, and he has received several awards for his  artistic production.
Born in Trieste in 1948, Fulvio Merlak takes care of Photography since the juvenile age.
From 1983 he holds the position of President of the Photographic Club Fincantieri-Wärtsilä in Trieste.
From 1991 it develops activity of cultural operator in visual communication. He has coordinated the realization of many reviews, promoting at the same time numerous seminars and advanced courses in reading the image and he has taken care the publication of some photographic volumes.
From 2002 to 2011 he has covered the position of President of the Italian Federation of Photographic Associations, for then to be named Honorary President of the same.
He is currently Director of the Department Events of FIAF, and a member of several national Scientific Committees.
Guido Folco
Guido Folco was born in Torino, in 1965. He attended classical studies: he specialised in Modern Art History with a Degree in Modern Literature, at Torino’s University. He continued his studies at the Faculty of the Conservation of Cultural Heritage of the University of Genova, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Marketing, Communication and Advertising from the Managment School of the SDA Bocconi of Milano. He his a professional journalist, enrolled on the National Register of Journalists since 2004, and a gallerist since 1989. He his the Director and Editor of the monthly magazine “Italia Arte”, Editor of the publishing house Italia Arte since 2005, and he runs the MIIT Museum of Torino since 2012.
He also ran many papery and online reviews and newspapers, and he curated information and cultural television and radio programmes. He is the national cultural attaché of ASPIM Europe.
He organises national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art for the highest Italian Institutions abroad (IIC), and he works together with museums, galleries and foundations all over the world, such as the Italian Cultural Institute in Wien, Prague, Stuttgart, Copenaghen, Cologne, Sofia, the Zhou Brothers Art Center Foundation of Chicago, the Dalì Museum in Berlin, the Oud Sint-Jan Museum in Bruges, the Altes Dampfbad Museum in Baden-Baden, the Kunstlerforum Museum in Bonn, the regional Museum of natural science in  Torino, the Miami River Art Fair, the Roa e Strand Gallery in London, the Dioscuri of the Quirinale in Rome.
He has been publishing articles and books since 1989 and he takes care of national and international exhibition catalogues.

Vladimir Bačič
Vladimir Bačič was born in Dolenje, Slovenia, in 1958.
He his an artist and an Art teacher, President of the Fine Artist Society and Director of the Lokarjeva Galerija and of the association DLUSP (Društvo likovnih umetnikov Severne Primorske) in Ajdovščina, where he organises international exhibitions and the International Festival of watercolor Castra.

Alessandro Paron
Franco Chersicola
Alessandro Paron vive e lavora a Livorno.
Direttore della TST Art Graphic, è esperto di grafica, stampa d’arte, fotografia e fine art.
Ha  messo a disposizione all’interno della sua galleria una camera oscura  che permette agli artisti di stampare su innumerevoli superfici.
Curatore di numerosi eventi, mostre e presentazioni.

Alessandro Paron lives and works in Livorno.
He is the director of the TST Art Graphic  and an expert in the fields of graphic, art print and fine art. In his  gallery artists can find a darkroom at their disposal and they can use  it to develop their work on different surfaces. He is curator for many  exhibitions, events and presentations.
Born in 1954, Franco Chersicola lives and works in Trieste. He began  exhibiting his works from 1972, in many Italian and international  expositions (Salisburgo, Budapest, Bucarest, New York, Washington). Over  the years he has been commissioned for many public works and he has  been a jury member in international art competitions. Since 1996 his  atelier is a place where artists can work together. In 2012 a large  anthology has been dedicated to him at the Museum Casa dei Carraresi of  Treviso: "In attesa di Nevera". President of the Associazione Culturale Il Sestante, he contributes to its social and artistic activities.
Franco Rosso  (born 1952) lives and works in Trieste, where he graduated with a  thesis on visual communication. Later he started to work as an  advertising graphic and he started making consulting in the field of  marketing and communication for various companies. Constructivist  artist, he exposed his works in many Italian and international shows.  Publisher and journalist, he is editor in chief of a number of  magazines. Expert in the field of modern and contemporary art, he was  creator and curator for many exhibitions and, over the years, he  presented more than three hundred artists. Rosso chairs Centro  Iniziative Culturali Z04 and he is the vice president of the Art Projects Association.
Enea Chersicola, co-curator of the LYNX Prize with Riccardo Tripodi, was born in Trieste in 1986, son of the artist Franco Chersicola.  He has a degree in philosophy and cultural anthropology with a thesis  about artists who experienced the Istrian and Dalmatian exodus. He was  curator for various expositions at the museum Casa dei Carraresi (Treviso) and he is the founder and curator for the Be Art Builder group; co-founder of the Associazione Culturale Il Sestante, he contributes to its social and artistic activities. He was curator for the show Open Way (Verona) with Riccardo Tripodi. He is a member of the artistic committee of the Circolo Assicurazioni Generali in Trieste.
Riccardo Tripodi,  co-curator of the LYNX Prize with Enea Chersicola, was born in Reggio  Calabria in 1976 and he moved to Trieste, where he now lives and works,  in 2008. In 2010 he started dedicating himself to drawing and informal  painting. He has been exposing his works in some collective shows since  2011. In 2012 he was responsible for the communication of three  expositions at the Museum Casa dei Carraresi (Treviso) and the following year he was curator for the show Open Way (Verona) with Enea Chersicola.  Former teacher of computer science, he has worked in various  advertising web promotions. He is a member of the artistic committee of  the Circolo Assicurazioni Generali in Trieste.

Franco Rosso
Enea Chersicola co-curator LYNX Prize 2016
Riccardo Tripodi co-curator LYNX Prize 2016

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