Cameroon based artist Boris Nzebo’s multilayered paintings and collages conjure the astounding visual complexity typical of the West African city. Entirely drawing his subject matter from urban culture in his hometown Douala, Nzebo invests his works with psycho geographical impulse: their primary subjects are the elaborate hairstyles of men and women, which he lays on city views as integral features of the architecture.
Nzebo’s stylized execution owes a lot to painted haircut signs found outside Cameroon’s barber shops. Appropriating the language of advertising he creates portraits taken from detailed studies of traditional African hairstyles, often elaborate, and combines them with informal snapshots of local neighborhoods, urban architecture and scenes from daily life. This symbiotic connection allows for a multiplicity of readings of the image, rendering levels of information in a sort of visual polyphony that rhythmically integrates humans and the space they inhabit.
Mexico City based artist Francisco Esnayra is concerned with the emotional and revealing character of the face. He selects the features that most strongly depict the protagonist, thus carving a philosophical psychology and sculptural anthropology.
The sculptor penetrates deep within what’s human in the face and the mind. Through the creative process, Esnayra delves into himself- a self portrait in the mind and the face of each sculpture he molds. He incorporated in his figures the intellect and soul in histrionic fashion, hence the variety of facial gestures in his work.
Maryam Ashkanian, with the Sleeping Series collection, entrapped the world of dreams and subconscious sewing the dreamers’ faces, surprised in their inner expressions during the night, on soft pillows. She embroiders individuals deep in sleep onto the surface of her handmade pillows, matching the size of her subjects to the area one would physically occupy if they took a nap on her work.
The stitched sleepers lay sprawled in different configurations on the white background, some with their arms outstretched, whiles others hold them tucked into their bodies. These sculptures are a way to access the wide subject matter of dreams, a place where Ashkanian feels we can observe ourselves in one of the purest forms.
Madrid based Miguel Scheroff is a painter whose works range between reality and fiction. Using the technique of oil painting as his favorite, he presents large-scale works made with an incredible hyperrealism. He puts in contact painting with photography, although that it is not his intention, but he aims to critique the society within we live.
Singapore based Qixuan Lim makes unsettling yet adorable tiny sculptures. She graduated from the School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, majoring in Visual Communications in 2014. Her aesthetic sensibilities have been shaped by her love for fantasy stories, old curiosities, time-travel and her yearning for worlds natural and imagined.
Istambul, Turkey based Aykut Aydogdu’s work is purely digital, drawn or painted with a tablet in Adobe Photoshop. His work walks the fine line between surrealism daydream and surrealism nightmare.
Aydogdu’s work is stunning in both quality and subject matter. Portraying scenes like a woman’s head impaled by a rose, another woman engaging in a sensual kiss with a decapitated head, and a third atop a toilet seemingly “shitting roses,” the result is both comical, dark, and deeply alluring.
Lui Ferreyra has been working with a signature fragmented style. The first move is substantiated by a geometric matrix which functions as surface: it embraces and emphasizes the aspect of flatness within a complex network of geometric shapes, each unique unto itself. The second move is fulfilled by the cumulative effect of all the shapes functioning together as a color-field in which each shape contextualizes every other shape, thereby providing all the necessary visual cueing to manifest a kind of window one can look through. These geometric fragments are blended by the viewer’s eye rather than the artist’s hand, producing color fields that Ferreyra intends to call attention to the connection between seeing and language.
Afarin Sajedi is an Iranian artist that creates soul baring close-ups that make you feel like your spirit has just been scolded. Afarin is not trying to be a feminist hero or a champion for the Third World. She is just trying to scope, capture and give a glimpse of the hidden and very often unseen turmoil buried within all of us.
The use of small brushstrokes make her paintings that much more lively – the texture encourages the idea of naturalism and un-edited beauty and the color is so vibrant and detailed, like you can see every pore, shadow, freckle, and blemish that exists. Her paintings are huge, so you can see every detail up close too, even better.
Italian graphic designer Giacomo Carmagnola disagrees with the current state of Glitch Art. He shakes up the field by exchanging digital computation with human intuition. Mixing the occult with the emotional with a dedicated eye he is able to abstract and curate sinister images that give you raw phychological thrills when you look at them. Often with an face replaced by bleeding pixels, the entities tell their story miraculously without an mouth or expression.
German painter Valentin Fischer creates digital artworks featuring portraits of various people with hints of geometry and symbolism. He is pretty much self-taught, learning from the web and the influences of other artists such as James Jean and Sam Weber. He has worked in a number of capacities as a freelance illustrator but gave that up a while ago to become an Interface Designer.