WHIMSICAL CREATURES BY ROMAN KLONEK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Düsseldorf, Germany based Roman Klonek (previously featured here) was born in Kattowitz, Poland. He has a spot for old fashioned cartoons and modern block printing styles. In the 90s he studied Graphic Arts in Duesseldorf and discovered a passion for woodcut.

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For 15 years he has been doing posters with a wide range of whimsical creatures, mostly half animal/half human, preferential in awkward situations. In his work, you will find a bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore and pop.
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FOLKLORIC NARRATIVES BY STACEY ROZICH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Stacey Rozich paints a folkloric narrative that draws inspiration from many cultural references, building scenarios pulled from a realm of familiar fictional archetypes and traditions. Influence is taken from travel, world textiles, childhood memories and the many many hours spent watching television. All works are created in watercolor and gouache.

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BIOMORPHIC SCULPTURES BY NIKOLAI AND SIMON HAAS

by Ariadna Zierold

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LA-based twins Nikolai and Simon Haas have taken the design world by storm. They have become well-known for their provocative, biomorphic, colorful, and insanely imaginative furniture, ornaments, and commissioned artistry. Nikolai apprenticed as a master carver and Simon studied blacksmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design—and together their pieces, while sleek, still retain some traces of artisanal handiwork.

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HAPPY BREAKFAST BY GARY CARD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Gary Card is a set designer, illustrator and all-round creative talent. Gary’s Happy Breakfast zine –mid-‘00s new rave scene– is splashed across 22 pages in gungey greens, ink stain blues and near-neon yellows to stage the dripping backdrop to a nightmarish collaged cast of Gary’s signature monsters.

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HIERONYMUS BOSCH PIÑATAS BY ROBERTO BENAVIDEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Drawn to art at a young age, but raised in rural South Texas with very little access to any art education, Roberto Benavidez followed a secondary interest into a BFA in acting at Texas State University. After a few years of moderate acting success in the Texas market, Benavidez found himself drawn back to sculpture and headed west to California. He reorientated himself with art classes at Pasadena City College in sculpting, drawing and painting, extending into bronze casting where he initially worked in an abstract, figurative style and exhibited in group shows. He and now specializes in sculpturally elegant and fantastical piñatas.

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WOODEN CREATURES BY AJ FOSIK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based artist AJ Fosik (previously featured here) creates intricate, vividly colored three-dimensional pieces that reference folk art, taxidermy, and cultural ritual. Fosik’s wall pieces and freestanding sculptures of anthropomorphized animals are carefully crafted from hundreds of pieces of wood that he cuts and paints individually by hand. Once the basic forms are complete, he adds threatening teeth, claws, and eyes to give the objects an intimidating presence. Totems and fetishes, as well as the “random, chaotic and arbitrary nature of existence,” fascinate Fosik.

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RIDICULOUS DRAWINGS BY KIT MIZERES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kit Mizeres (previously featured here) is an artist and illustrator currently based out of Cleveland, Ohio. She is a recent graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a focus on Illustration. She is currently enjoying a smooth transition back to her traditional roots in painting and drawing, and is taking time off from commissioned illustration work at this time. With that being firmly enforced, she is also very content with sleeping in her car and living off rice and potatoes at this point in time if it means she can continue drawing ridiculous things.

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SURREAL WORLDS BY BRUNO PONTIROLI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bruno Pontiroli lives and works in Paris. After studying in Supinfocom, he turned to drawing and painting to express his desire for artistic creation. Pontiroli creates surreal worlds inhabited by fantasy characters: centaurs, mermaids and other creatures which contradict all laws of nature. In his poetic and mysterious painting we can see the unlikely become a reality. The artist brings to life all our childhood dreams and gives us a new way to see the world.

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THE SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE OF EDITH WADDELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Edith Waddell is an illustrator, dancer and nature lover who was born in Peru. Her artwork is the result of an experimental process that combines acrylic painting, linocut printing, cyanotype printing, and Photoshop digital art printed on paper or canvas. By exploring different art media and embracing chance in her process, Edith has been able to give herself more creative freedom, and the end result is a dark, whimsical, and surreal style.

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“My artwork is a reflection of my recurrent apocalyptic dreams and my personal relationship with the natural world. The dream world offers me a symbolic language that allows me to understand my own human nature in relationship with the world outside. As an artist, I am very inclined to investigate subjects such as metaphysics, the human psyche and dream symbolization to inspire the concept of my work. Starting from this conceptual material allows me to visualize fantastic, whimsical and occasionally macabre imagery. The main prototype I use is the hybrid animal/human creature, to represent such human dilemmas as overpopulation, genetic experimentation, narcissism, hedonism, or pollution. My goal in this is to force viewers to confront the dark and mysterious aspects of human psyche, our internal emotional conflicts and our relationship with the natural environment. My work is an invitation to an introspective examination and reflection upon our existence beyond the physical world.” Edith Waddell

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