ICONIC POP CULTURE PORTRAITS BY RICH PELLEGRINO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Boston, Massachusetts based Rich Pellegrino is an artist and freelance illustrator who seems to have exceptional ability at creating iconic pop culture works of art in a one of a kind, traditional painting style.  His ability has led him to having a specially commissioned painting by Wes Anderson for use in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to countless magazine articles and media publications around the globe.

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“My latest series of paintings split in two parts of pop culture icons and figurative works. Depending on the subject, I usually find myself keeping things light and fun but never at the expense of quality and character, which is what is most important to me artistically.” Rich Pellegrino

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PRIMORDIAL MAGIC BY MARISA ARAGON WARE

by Ariadna Zierold
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Marisa Aragón Ware is a professional illustrator living in Sedona, AZ. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Marisa garnered her deep appreciation of nature from a childhood spent enveloped in the forests and glades of the Rocky Mountains. Those formative experiences heavily influence both her art and outlook, and she strives to depict the beauty of the natural world to help others connect with its abundant primordial magic. Her body of work is inspired by the Art Nouveau, Visionary Art and Pop Surrealism movements.
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MUTED PALETTE ILLUSTRATIONS BY HSIAO RON CHENG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Taipei-based artist Hsiao-Ron Cheng is a 1986-born Taiwanese digital artist/illustrator that uses a muted palette to create imagery that you’d probably find in your dreams on a night when you’ve eaten too much cheese.

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She started to work as a freelance illustrator in 2012 and soon get international attention. In the same year, her work has been shortlisted for Young Illustrator Award. Hsiao-Ron’s clients range from fashion brand to design agencies worldwide. Other experiences include a digital painting of 8ft mural for coffee shop interior design.

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PAPERWORKS BY ZIM AND ZOU

by Ariadna Zierold
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Zim&Zou are two french artists, based in Nancy. The duo is composed of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann. They studied graphic design (design, publishing, advertising) during three years. The duo decided to focus on installations using handcrafted objects made out of tangible materials such as paper, wood, thread, etc. rolling away from computer design.
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Anchored in craftsmanship, they create all the elements composing their installations by hand, from drawing to cutting and assembling. Their favorite material is the paper they’re manipulating to give rise to intricate and colorful sculptures. Paper inspires them for its versatility, infinite range of colors and unique textures. The flat paper sheets turned into volume are giving an installation the poetry of ephemeral material.
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COLOSSAL FIGURES BY JEAN-PIERRE ROY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based artist Jean-Pierre Roy treceived his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2002 and was awarded a one-year fellowship from the school. Since 2003, Jean-Pierre has had five solo exhibitions in New York and abroad. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the US and Europe and has had solo museum exhibitions at the Torrence Museum of Art in Los Angeles and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.

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Jean-Pierre’s work is imaginative, powerful and at times apocalyptic. His powerful images explore the vastness of nature and leave you feeling insignificant to the world he depicts. In his paintings, colossal figures battle out Roy’s own, personal demons and existensial questions.

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CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE BY ROSSINA BOSSIO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rossina Bossio is a multidisciplinary artist born in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied Visual Arts at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in her hometown and Fine Arts at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France.

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Prioritizing both the conceptual and the aesthetical, Rossina Bossio brings together traditional and new media aiming to close the gap between the two through a representational approach. Searching for a connection between static and moving images, Bossio’s painted characters and spaces come to life through sound and movement on the screen. Her multidisciplinary practice is rooted in subversive ideas of femininity and in Latin-American culture. Her portraits are complex, ambiguous, and reflect an endless quest around the paradoxes of the human condition.

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SURREALIST NARRATIVES BY TOM HERZBERG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago-based artist Tom Herzberg’s paintings and the humorous and occasionally unsettling watercolor and acrylic works are absorbing and offer the chance to form our own theories about each’s wild characters. Herzberg is also an educator whose illustrations for magazines, books, newspapers, and other products number in the thousands.

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TRANSITORY CINEMATIC MOMENTS BY JIM GAYLORD

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based artist Jim Gaylord‘s abstract works are often based on imagery from contemporary film and television. Combining stills from transitory cinematic moments, he transposes them to extract new compositions, which are then used as the bases for paintings and gouache on paper collages. Gaylord’s work combines meticulous figuration with obscure forms that are familiar but unrecognizable.

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ANTHROPOMORPHIC CREATURES BY BRANDON CONSTANS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ontario-based artist Brandon Constans works in painting and drawing as his mediums of choice. His concentration for the past two years has involved cataloguing pictures and everyday objects, using them to create surreal-looking anthropomorphic creatures and portraits.

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His work draws parallels between objects around him, his own personal history and the stories depicted in art throughout the centuries. His overall style can be described as combining influences from surrealist art, outsider art, and master artists such as Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

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