FIGURATIVE CHARACTERS BY ANDREA CASTRO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain based artist Andrea Castro paints delicate oil work portraits overlaid by thick, expressive strokes of color. Castro, who originally studied fashion design, works in the overlap between abstract and figurative art, often adding details such as beading or embroidery to her works.

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She considers art as another language, another way to express yourself. She’s fascinated by the idea of reaching everybody around the world, whichever the language they may speak, and connect with them through her character’s emotions or stories. She wants the observer to identify with her own artistic idiom and to vent of all those feelings we all have felt overtaking ourselves at some point. To do that she creates internal conversations with the subjects of her paintings, they tell her what they want to transmit as she’s giving them shape.

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NOSTALGIC SCENES BY NICOLE RIFKIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nicole Rifkin is a Brooklyn based illustrator and co-founder of Ipsum Magazine. Rifkin’s illustrations are a wonderful homage to yesteryear, like high school scenes from American films, of being a teenager, a student, a time that was full of adventure, love and freedom, when nothing mattered and life was lived in the present.

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Her aesthetic is rooted in nostalgia precisely for this reason, it holds a commonality, it is a place we all revisit, we all share. The memories that shape us, keep us alive as we get older and forget, as time catches up with us, oppresses us as we struggle to keep up with the chores, duties and necessities of ordinary life. These illustrations are wonderfully rendered, expressive, full of humanity and emotion.

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ALLEGORICAL INTIMACY BY ERIK THOR SANDBERG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Erik Thor Sandberg produces oil-on-canvas paintings centered on the expressive, allegorical power of the nude. Like earlier masters of his medium, Sandberg explores the intimate, uncanny connection between oil paint and human flesh and considers the figure to be painting’s most natural subject matter.

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Using symbolism both established and personal, Sandberg creates narratives without definitive beginnings or ends; he captures pivotal moments and isolates them from time. Upon these suspended moments, the artist abstains from casting judgment and rather, empathizes with the figures that are often transfixed by self-wrought disaster.

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