QUIRKY CERAMIC SCULPTURES BY CHAO HARN KAE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chao Harn Kae was born in Malaysia. He graduated in Malaysia Institute of Art (Major in Fine Art) in 1997. He has resided and worked in Hong Kong since 2004. He has been participating in art exhibitions in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Chao uses clay to create the most unusual sculptures of quirky creatures, many of which combine human elements such as hands protruding from their heads. The fragility of his ceramic pieces hints at our own fragile existence on earth, and how we’re closer to nature than we might think.

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MONSTERS AND WILD CREATURES BY CHUCK CHAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chuck Chair is a freelance illustrator, with a background in animation and video game art. He also writes and illustrates picture books. Chuck’s work largely focuses on characters and humor, and is happily influenced by nature, film, mid-century design, Americana, taxidermy, monsters and biscuits.

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UNEXPLAINED EVENTS BY JAMES LIPNICKAS

by Ariadna Zierold

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James Lipnickas is an author/illustrator heavily influenced by old sci-fi, mystery and horror movies, monsters, UFOs, hauntings and unexplained events. He majored in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts but now lives in an old cape in the woods of New England.

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‘SPACE ANGELS’ BY BUNNIE REISS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bunnie ‘Bonnie’ Reiss was born in Maryland, but raised mostly with the wide-blue sky’s of Colorado. Having come from a large Polish/Russian family, eating, loud talking and community shaped her life. She was a tiny rebel with a large imagination, knowing at a young age that she quite didn’t fit in and the world was a much bigger place than quiet suburban landscape that seemed to endlessly surround her.

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Her work is heavily influenced by her Eastern European background, with its tradition of folk art, bright colors and community engagement. Her extensive travels have also added an extra layer of conversation, which make her creations unique. She has shown extensively in both the United States and around the world, in galleries, alternative spaces, bookstores, abandoned buildings, fields and forests, or any place that seems to need a little extra magic. Her brightly colored folk murals decorate many countries and can be found all over the world.

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NATURALISTIC ILLUSTRATION BY SADDO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Romanian artist, illustrator and muralist, Saddo started his artistic career as founder of one of the first Romanian street art collectives, The Playground, in a time when a freshly graduated artist didn’t have other possibilities than to be a graphic designer or a teacher. But his street art activity brought a fresh fun vibe to his way of perceiving art and the world, and opened doors to many different projects, commissions for advertising agencies, collaborations with galleries in Bucharest, Vienna, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Glasgow, Salvador, etc.

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Going through many different phases and influences, from horror movie posters, street art, comics, Saddo has recently developed his style into more elaborate shapes, with many different influences from old masters of 15th – 17th century, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Bosch, Brueghel, Walton Ford, naturalistic illustration, pop surrealism, religion, mythology.

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PHANTASMAGORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Austin, Texas based Jon MacNair (previously featured here) was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan near Detroit. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, where he earned a BFA in Illustration. His commercial work has appeared in editorial publications and mainly been used for apparel and package design.

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With pen in hand, MacNair creates phantasmagoric images that reveal stories of parallel worlds observed by giant eyes. Chimeric creatures captive from a dark innocence invade the hallucinatory universes of this work.

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THE PRECISE STYLE OF CHRIS BUZELLI

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Chris Buzelli is a powerful and imaginative painter and illustrator with a classically precise style and a surreal, cutting-edge creative sensibility. He was influenced by painting side by side with his grandfather, Armondo Buzelli. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Chris moved to New York City. His oil paintings have appeared in many publications, books, and projects for design and ad agencies, and he shows in various galleries throughout the US.

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IMAGINARY NATURE BY DULK

by Ariadna Zierold

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As a child, Antonio Segura Donat aka Dulk loved watching the fledglings and seeing them grow, as well as the fish, dogs, and horses that lived on the property. When he wasn’t out and about, he copied illustrations of exotic animals that he found in his parents’ collection of old enciclopedias. And he took his sketchbook with him everywhere from then on. At the age of eighteen, a close friend persuaded him to tackle the walls of the city and suggested he take the pseudonym of Dulk. He then started a diploma in economics, but dropped out in the first year to study illustration then graphic design at the University of Valencia.

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Today, Dulk is an all- purpose artist. Between urban art, drawing, painting, sculpture or advertisement, each medium is a challenge that he takes up with pleasure and determination. He participated in a lot of group shows around the world in cities as Vancouver, Miami, New York, Brussels, Paris and Chicago. Always looking at things from the same innocent viewpoint that he is so fond of – that of a child- the artist created animal themed works in organic colors. His world is a surrealistic landscape full of imaginary details, rising up in factions against humans. Maybe they are wanting to warn us of Earth’s bleak future following an environmental catastrophe.

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GEOMETRIC DEMONS BY ALAN BROWN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alan Brown aka ‘Medusawolf’ is an illustrator living in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Delaware College of Art and Design in 2004. Alan uses watercolour and gouache for his paintings. He also makes comics, toys, masks and lots of other fun things.

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He paints portraits of demons, beasts, and robots – each radiating their own agonizing, pulsating energies. These intensely hued dimensions merge bits of insanity, beauty, and humor and crunch it all down into a fun but very warped output.

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