DARK UNIVERSES BY MONOCHROME

by Ariadna Zierold

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Monochrome is Helena Vizcaíno, a visual artist and illustrator from Spain. She is currently living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She illustrates dark universes that don’t exist, elements from her imagination, natural and outer space elements. Her interests go from animation to the tattoo culture, to fashion design and advertising, where she also finds her inspiration.

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MELANCHOLIC WORLDS BY MILENA HUHTA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Helsinki-based illustrator Milena Huhta creates worlds filled with conflicted and melancholy characters. Huhta draws girls and guys, but the girls take center stage in her recent work. Huhta instills in her subject matter a shameless self-awareness that she learned from characters like Sailor Moon.

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Huhta loves sci-fi themed manga: Ghost in the Shell, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Aeon Flux. She’s also a fan of Fifth Element and the Alien films. The colors she uses in her illustrations take her work to the next level. The addition of color is an instinctual process and the powdered colors paired with a few neons make it feel so right.

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PENCIL WORLDS BY JOSEPHIN RITSCHEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josephin Ritschel is an illustrator living and working in Berlin. In Josephin’s illustrations, fine lines, dark lines, little lines, lines on lines, and a few blocks shading all build up to make these incredible images full of life. Whether its spooky or sombre, funny or lonely, the scenes she creates have a real sense of energy and all tell their own, often bizarre, story. The illustrations are colored in with the kind of precision that children can only dream of when they try to stay within the lines of their coloring books.

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QUIRKY MOMENTS BY ALEJANDRINA HERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexican artist Alejandrina Herrera’s illustrations capture quirky moments in the life of people and animals. The minimal approach to different life situations using a mix of watercolor, drawings, and mixed media, is quite fun. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.

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AN UNKNOWN WORLD BY KEVIN LUCBERT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kevin Lucbert is a French artist born in 1985 in Paris. Awarded a diploma in 2008 of the National School of Decorative Arts of Paris, he lives and works today between Berlin and Paris.

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Lucbert draws a mysterious display of inviting doorways, falling bricks and floating houses. Using simply biro, he demonstrates an artfully doodled introduction of an unknown world outside our familiarities. Pairing intricate twirls adjacent to negative space, scribbled etchings and precise lines convey a feeling of the unexpected in amongst a world of system and order.

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PERSONAL TRUTH BY FAITH47

by Ariadna Zierold

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Faith47 is an internationally-acclaimed visual artist from South Africa who has been applauded for her ability to resonate with people around the world. Through her work, Faith47 attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search.

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Using a wide range of media intended for gallery settings, her approach is explorative and substrate appropriate, including found and rescued objects, shrine construction, painting, projection mapping, video installation, printmaking and drawings.

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SPONTANEOUS PATHOLOGIES BY KAREL HAVLICEK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Karel Havlíček was a Czech painter who began drawing at the age of 38 years. Working only at night, he followed a ritual reminiscent of the conditioning of the automatic practices. His drawings without premeditation recall, by their spontaneity, spiritualist production. He felt drawn to the monstrous, grotesque or the pathological.

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He found fulfillment in visiting natural museums, reading his favorite Kant and Schopenhauer and especially in drawing. He drew a picture every day for tens of years. The communist regime did not allow to display his work and so he was recognized only by a few artists and writers.

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FANTASTICAL CREATURES BY GUO FENGYI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Guo Fengyi’s ink drawings of fantastical creatures are completely alive, as might be expected from an artist whose work began with studies of qi, or life-energy. Fengyi was born in Xi’an, central China, in 1942. She obtained her high school diploma in 1962 and found work in a rubber factory. However, severe bouts of arthritis forced her to give up her career at the age of thirty-nine. She turned to alternative medicine in the hope of alleviating her symptoms, and found a new spiritual path in Qi Gong.

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She started experiencing visions in 1989, as a result of which she produced large numbers of drawings, first on the backs of pages from calendars, then later on rice paper. She worked with Indian ink and brushes, producing works up to five metres long, drawn with no initial plan in mind, discovering her own creation as she worked. The multitude of delicate lines form ghostly figures, dragons, phoenixes, and faces, sometimes interwoven, smiling and serene or terrifying and monstrous.

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DRAWING AND SPACE BY HAROLD ANCART

by Ariadna Zierold

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Harold Ancart is a Belgian artist living and working in New York, transformed the trunk of his jeep into a studio and set out on a road trip across the United States. He wanted to experience the vastness of the country he now called home. Along the way he would pull his car over whenever he saw something that moved him to draw.

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Ancart’s creative process involves drawing and space. Allowing for chance and repetition, he often works in situ creating sculptural installations with found objects, minimal traces, and graphic underlining to reveal the surfaces, the specificities and the situation of the place.

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