MYSTERIOUS LANDS BY PAOLO PIBI

by Ariadna Zierold

paolo pibi, painting, paintings, painter, mysterious, landscape, surreal, dark, upper playground

Paolo Pibi (previously featured here) lures the mind into wonderfully enchanting and mysterious lands. His poetic imagery is a mix of the familiar and the enigmatic: a fusion of classically-inspired structures and the indefinitely wild. Although the landscapes are unpopulated, there’s a human echo, an air of intrigue in the horizon. These are the landscapes that excite us in our sleep, the golden places we remember dreaming. When we awake, they give our goals a new direction and inspire us to give chase to our curiosities.

paolo pibi, painting, paintings, painter, mysterious, landscape, surreal, dark, upper playground paolo pibi, painting, paintings, painter, mysterious, landscape, surreal, dark, upper playground paolo pibi, painting, paintings, painter, mysterious, landscape, surreal, dark, upper playground paolo pibi, painting, paintings, painter, mysterious, landscape, surreal, dark, upper playground

THE TWISTED SURREAL WORLD OF ROBERT DEUTSCH

by Ariadna Zierold

robert deutsch, illustration, illustrations, painting, paintings, humor, fun, funny, twisted, pop, surreal, bizarre, landscape, absurd, leipzig, germany, upper playground

Leipzig based graphic-designer and artist Robert Deutsch works on a twisted pop-surreal inspired world reflecting the incongruous human behavior and thinking in a chaotic upside-down society, dominated by the image of the anti-hero.

robert deutsch, illustration, illustrations, painting, paintings, humor, fun, funny, twisted, pop, surreal, bizarre, landscape, absurd, leipzig, germany, upper playground

Bizarre comic-landscapes and ludicrous humor impel the works of Deutsch into the absurd, although their essence is not far from reality and its current social and political issues. He represents and builds his characters with a bold artistic approach referring to various actions and topical allusions.

robert deutsch, illustration, illustrations, painting, paintings, humor, fun, funny, twisted, pop, surreal, bizarre, landscape, absurd, leipzig, germany, upper playground robert deutsch, illustration, illustrations, painting, paintings, humor, fun, funny, twisted, pop, surreal, bizarre, landscape, absurd, leipzig, germany, upper playground robert deutsch, illustration, illustrations, painting, paintings, humor, fun, funny, twisted, pop, surreal, bizarre, landscape, absurd, leipzig, germany, upper playground robert deutsch, illustration, illustrations, painting, paintings, humor, fun, funny, twisted, pop, surreal, bizarre, landscape, absurd, leipzig, germany, upper playground robert deutsch, illustration, illustrations, painting, paintings, humor, fun, funny, twisted, pop, surreal, bizarre, landscape, absurd, leipzig, germany, upper playground robert deutsch, illustration, illustrations, painting, paintings, humor, fun, funny, twisted, pop, surreal, bizarre, landscape, absurd, leipzig, germany, upper playground

OBSCURE THOUGHTS BY BORIS PELCER

by Ariadna Zierold

boris pelcer, painting, illustration, illustrations, paintings, bosnia, sarajevo, milwaukee, dark, obscure, mood, portrait, portraiture, surreal, upper playground

Boris Pelcer was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia. He is an independent artist & illustrator based out of Milwaukee, WI. He divides his time between working on his personal projects & various commissions. His work has been recognized by both Society of Illustrators &American Illustration.

boris pelcer, painting, illustration, illustrations, paintings, bosnia, sarajevo, milwaukee, dark, obscure, mood, portrait, portraiture, surreal, upper playground

“I can sense the presence of enclosed spaces within my psyche. A hidden collection of obscure moods & thoughts that I can’t quite comprehend. In attempt to better comprehend some of it, I’ve developed this series. It is a stroll of curiosity in search of something insightful, somewhere within the hidden valleys of my psyche.” —Boris Pelcer

boris pelcer, painting, illustration, illustrations, paintings, bosnia, sarajevo, milwaukee, dark, obscure, mood, portrait, portraiture, surreal, upper playground boris pelcer, painting, illustration, illustrations, paintings, bosnia, sarajevo, milwaukee, dark, obscure, mood, portrait, portraiture, surreal, upper playground boris pelcer, painting, illustration, illustrations, paintings, bosnia, sarajevo, milwaukee, dark, obscure, mood, portrait, portraiture, surreal, upper playground boris pelcer, painting, illustration, illustrations, paintings, bosnia, sarajevo, milwaukee, dark, obscure, mood, portrait, portraiture, surreal, upper playground boris pelcer, painting, illustration, illustrations, paintings, bosnia, sarajevo, milwaukee, dark, obscure, mood, portrait, portraiture, surreal, upper playground boris pelcer, painting, illustration, illustrations, paintings, bosnia, sarajevo, milwaukee, dark, obscure, mood, portrait, portraiture, surreal, upper playground

MULTICOLORED AND PSYCHEDELIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY CAHILL WESSEL

by Ariadna Zierold

cahill wessel, drawing, illustration, illustrations, drawings, colored pencil, colorful, surreal, bizarre, humor, weird, psychedelic, multicolored, san francisco, upper playground

Cahill Wessel is an artist working out of San Francisco and has a vision of the world that we cannot all develop –at least not in all 5 senses. His work is based on his own experiences of life and the world, resulting in multicolored and psychedelic illustrations.

cahill wessel, drawing, illustration, illustrations, drawings, colored pencil, colorful, surreal, bizarre, humor, weird, psychedelic, multicolored, san francisco, upper playground

He works in a variety of styles and mediums, mainly with colored pencil, which is a very labor-intensive medium. Ideas for pencil drawings pop into his head at the most unexpected moments, so he writes notes in his phone while out and about. Then he draws up small sketches of the ideas that he thinks aren’t stupid, select the arrangements that inspire him the most, and translate the sketch into a larger piece. He lightly maps out the imagery in graphite, and then begins the process of building up layers upon layers of colored pencil.

cahill wessel, drawing, illustration, illustrations, drawings, colored pencil, colorful, surreal, bizarre, humor, weird, psychedelic, multicolored, san francisco, upper playground cahill wessel, drawing, illustration, illustrations, drawings, colored pencil, colorful, surreal, bizarre, humor, weird, psychedelic, multicolored, san francisco, upper playground cahill wessel, drawing, illustration, illustrations, drawings, colored pencil, colorful, surreal, bizarre, humor, weird, psychedelic, multicolored, san francisco, upper playground cahill wessel, drawing, illustration, illustrations, drawings, colored pencil, colorful, surreal, bizarre, humor, weird, psychedelic, multicolored, san francisco, upper playground

NEW MURAL BY 1010

by Ariadna Zierold

1010, mural, murals, street art, berlin, germany, portal, colorful, optical illusion, upper playground

German street artist 1010 (previously featured here) has been creating these mysterious, portal-like street art illusions on walls around the world. Originally from Poland, 1010 moved with his parents to Germany, when he was eight years old. For more than a decade, the artist has been painting walls and making papercuts. Now he just finished a new amazing piece in Berlin. Check it out.

RIDICULOUS SOCIETIES BY HAI HSIN HUANG

by Ariadna Zierold

hai hsin huang, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, fun, humor, ridiculous, society, contemporary life, absurd, brookly, upper playground

Brooklyn based Hai-Hsin Huang paints and draws quickly, basing the compositions on images she finds on institutional websites: government, schools, hospitals, and news outlets. The photographs she uses are vaguely propagandist, and her resulting paintings both poke fun at and reveal the horror in such images.

hai hsin huang, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, fun, humor, ridiculous, society, contemporary life, absurd, brookly, upper playground

Huang’s works explore images indicative of contemporary life. She is interested in the ridiculousness and fear in society, the absurdity and the loneliness. As part of a generation marked by hedonism, people seem to know more but feel less. Catastrophes become assumptions; we practice suffering and crisis with laughter. Huang tries to highlight the lives of  this easy and comfortable generation, and in particular, their lightness of being.

hai hsin huang, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, fun, humor, ridiculous, society, contemporary life, absurd, brookly, upper playground hai hsin huang, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, fun, humor, ridiculous, society, contemporary life, absurd, brookly, upper playground hai hsin huang, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, fun, humor, ridiculous, society, contemporary life, absurd, brookly, upper playground hai hsin huang, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, fun, humor, ridiculous, society, contemporary life, absurd, brookly, upper playground

ALL SHAPES AND SIZES BY NICK ZAREMBA

by Ariadna Zierold

nick zaremba, drawing, drawings, painting, paintings, print, prints, mural, murals, colorful, fun, boston, space, color, childhood, upper playgroundBoston based artist Nick Zaremba‘s (previously featured here) artwork ranges from small drawings, paintings, prints, and large scale murals to web graphics and t shirt designs. When making work, Zaremba combines influences from his youth, skateboarding, DIY ideology, fascination with nature as well as the topics of color, space, time, psychology, semiotics, childhood, and symbolism.

nick zaremba, drawing, drawings, painting, paintings, print, prints, mural, murals, colorful, fun, boston, space, color, childhood, upper playgroundSince 2001 Nick has exhibited on the East Coast of the U.S. as well as globally from Hong Kong to Montreal. Most notably, he was part of a two-person exhibition at Gladstone Gallery in New York, as well as featured as one of the “40 Artists You Should Know” in the nationally juried publication; New American Painters.

nick zaremba, drawing, drawings, painting, paintings, print, prints, mural, murals, colorful, fun, boston, space, color, childhood, upper playground nick zaremba, drawing, drawings, painting, paintings, print, prints, mural, murals, colorful, fun, boston, space, color, childhood, upper playground

BALL POINT PEN ILLUSTRATIONS BY CARINE BRANCOWITZ

by Ariadna Zierold

Carine Brancowitz, paris, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, ball point pen, ball point, pen, detailed, pattern, teen, teens, situations, upper playground

Paris based illustrator Carine Brancowitz is devoted to music and painting, she studied illustration, screen printing and lithography.  Her work, drawn with ball point pen, is a labyrinth of detailed patterns, inked with vibrant hues.

Carine Brancowitz, paris, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, ball point pen, ball point, pen, detailed, pattern, teen, teens, situations, upper playground

She often draws adolescents as they mill about during all too ordinary situations. Sometimes they’re eating or laughing or sitting or sad. Carine’s precision helps bring her subjects to life. Her work is full of depth as she contrasts detailed subjects against flat backgrounds,  perfectly capturing the moods of her teens. Her skill is all in the subtle nuances, the way a thousand tiny lines of hair can be strewn against a girl’s bright eyes.

Carine Brancowitz, paris, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, ball point pen, ball point, pen, detailed, pattern, teen, teens, situations, upper playground Carine Brancowitz, paris, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, ball point pen, ball point, pen, detailed, pattern, teen, teens, situations, upper playground Carine Brancowitz, paris, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, ball point pen, ball point, pen, detailed, pattern, teen, teens, situations, upper playground Carine Brancowitz, paris, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, ball point pen, ball point, pen, detailed, pattern, teen, teens, situations, upper playground Carine Brancowitz, paris, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, ball point pen, ball point, pen, detailed, pattern, teen, teens, situations, upper playground

VIVID PORTRAITS BY DELFIN FINLEY

by Ariadna Zierold

delfin finley, los angeles, portrait, portraiture, portraits, painting, paintings, painter, vivid, realist, colorful, upper playground

Los Angeles based artist Delfin Finley has always been immersed in a creative environment. His mom and dad were both fashion designers and ran their business in their home. Delfin grew up watching his parents designing clothing, catering to their custom clients and attending Fashion Shows where they presented their lines.

delfin finley, los angeles, portrait, portraiture, portraits, painting, paintings, painter, vivid, realist, colorful, upper playground

His favorite genre is portraiture. In his works, constructed with precise brushstrokes of vivid colors, he manages to represent the essence of the person in his most honest and vulnerable state. Accuracy and care in forms are broken in the limits of the figures where the contours are blurred and merge with the background, in a metaphor of the fragility of the human being and its contingency.

delfin finley, los angeles, portrait, portraiture, portraits, painting, paintings, painter, vivid, realist, colorful, upper playground delfin finley, los angeles, portrait, portraiture, portraits, painting, paintings, painter, vivid, realist, colorful, upper playground delfin finley, los angeles, portrait, portraiture, portraits, painting, paintings, painter, vivid, realist, colorful, upper playground delfin finley, los angeles, portrait, portraiture, portraits, painting, paintings, painter, vivid, realist, colorful, upper playground