INCREDIBLE LIFE LIKE SCULPTURES BY RUBEN OROZCO

by Ariadna Zierold

ruben orozco loza, ruben orozco, sculpture, sculptures, figure, figures, characters, realism, realist, mexica, hyperrealist, hyperreal, upper playground

Mexican hyperrealist sculptor Rubén Orozco has taken over the internet thanks to his talent in creating life-like figures of various characters that have attracted the glances of everybody due to their realism. Among his most important monuments are: the statue of Pope John Paul II in Guadalajara, Jalisco; The statue of Juan José Arreola in Ciudad Guzmán and in the Rotunda of the famous Jalisco people; and the statue of Goddess Themis at the Supreme Court of Justice of Jalisco, among many others.

ruben orozco loza, ruben orozco, sculpture, sculptures, figure, figures, characters, realism, realist, mexica, hyperrealist, hyperreal, upper playground ruben orozco loza, ruben orozco, sculpture, sculptures, figure, figures, characters, realism, realist, mexica, hyperrealist, hyperreal, upper playground ruben orozco loza, ruben orozco, sculpture, sculptures, figure, figures, characters, realism, realist, mexica, hyperrealist, hyperreal, upper playground ruben orozco loza, ruben orozco, sculpture, sculptures, figure, figures, characters, realism, realist, mexica, hyperrealist, hyperreal, upper playground ruben orozco loza, ruben orozco, sculpture, sculptures, figure, figures, characters, realism, realist, mexica, hyperrealist, hyperreal, upper playground

WIGGLY SCULPTURES BY LINDA LOPEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

linda lopez, wiggly, sculpture, sculptures, arkansas, objects, abstract, figures, colorful, texture, globular, squat, sprout, upper playground, ceramic

Arkansas based artist Linda Lopez –influenced by mundane objects and the everyday– creates ceramic objects that almost appear to grow and propagate. Her squat, globular forms sprout rounded appendages and elaborate trellis-like crowns. The artist displays these objects in carefully orchestrated arrangements with a distinctly domestic atmosphere.

linda lopez, wiggly, sculpture, sculptures, arkansas, objects, abstract, figures, colorful, texture, globular, squat, sprout, upper playground, ceramic linda lopez, wiggly, sculpture, sculptures, arkansas, objects, abstract, figures, colorful, texture, globular, squat, sprout, upper playground, ceramic linda lopez, wiggly, sculpture, sculptures, arkansas, objects, abstract, figures, colorful, texture, globular, squat, sprout, upper playground, ceramic linda lopez, wiggly, sculpture, sculptures, arkansas, objects, abstract, figures, colorful, texture, globular, squat, sprout, upper playground, ceramic linda lopez, wiggly, sculpture, sculptures, arkansas, objects, abstract, figures, colorful, texture, globular, squat, sprout, upper playground, ceramic linda lopez, wiggly, sculpture, sculptures, arkansas, objects, abstract, figures, colorful, texture, globular, squat, sprout, upper playground, ceramic

THE WORK OF MARK MULRONEY

by Ariadna Zierold

mark mulroney, sex, gore, genitalia, exaggerated, bloody, nude, painting, paintings, sculpture, sculptures, figures, surreal, surrealistic, humor, upper playground

Mark Mulroney considers sex and gore as primary means of defiance, and accordingly, guts, exaggerated genitalia, bloody wounds, and well-endowed pin-up girls take center stage in his surrealistic, comic-style paintings and sculptures. By way of explaining the series, Mulroney, who is not known for his discretion, says, “I just relied on my usual methods: put a boner on something or make it bleed.”

mark mulroney, sex, gore, genitalia, exaggerated, bloody, nude, painting, paintings, sculpture, sculptures, figures, surreal, surrealistic, humor, upper playground mark mulroney, sex, gore, genitalia, exaggerated, bloody, nude, painting, paintings, sculpture, sculptures, figures, surreal, surrealistic, humor, upper playground mark mulroney, sex, gore, genitalia, exaggerated, bloody, nude, painting, paintings, sculpture, sculptures, figures, surreal, surrealistic, humor, upper playground mark mulroney, sex, gore, genitalia, exaggerated, bloody, nude, painting, paintings, sculpture, sculptures, figures, surreal, surrealistic, humor, upper playground mark mulroney, sex, gore, genitalia, exaggerated, bloody, nude, painting, paintings, sculpture, sculptures, figures, surreal, surrealistic, humor, upper playground mark mulroney, sex, gore, genitalia, exaggerated, bloody, nude, painting, paintings, sculpture, sculptures, figures, surreal, surrealistic, humor, upper playground mark mulroney, sex, gore, genitalia, exaggerated, bloody, nude, painting, paintings, sculpture, sculptures, figures, surreal, surrealistic, humor, upper playground

FREAKISH SCULPTURES BY CHOI XOOANG

by Ariadna Zierold

choi xooang, sculpture, sculptures, south korea, intricate, human, figures, hyperreal, hyperrealist, detail, detailed, upper playground

South Korean artist Choi Xooang has been sculpting for the last 10 years his unearthly but highly intricate human figures. Distorted and haunting Choi Xooang’s work reveals his deep concern for the human condition in society – and how he feels that something needs to change. Although the viewer is both repulsed and fascinated by the gut-wrenching hyperrealist sculptures of human bodies, Xooang’s mastery of the art and eye for detail right down to the smallest vein.

choi xooang, sculpture, sculptures, south korea, intricate, human, figures, hyperreal, hyperrealist, detail, detailed, upper playground

His freakish figurative sculptures are mutilated or abbreviated. Merging unexpectedly, flesh is sewn together with ribbons, heads are plunged together to make one, a head is replaced with that of a hound or an ostrich and fists are plunged into backs of heads Ultimately, people are silenced and held captive by their condition.

choi xooang, sculpture, sculptures, south korea, intricate, human, figures, hyperreal, hyperrealist, detail, detailed, upper playground choi xooang, sculpture, sculptures, south korea, intricate, human, figures, hyperreal, hyperrealist, detail, detailed, upper playground choi xooang, sculpture, sculptures, south korea, intricate, human, figures, hyperreal, hyperrealist, detail, detailed, upper playground choi xooang, sculpture, sculptures, south korea, intricate, human, figures, hyperreal, hyperrealist, detail, detailed, upper playground choi xooang, sculpture, sculptures, south korea, intricate, human, figures, hyperreal, hyperrealist, detail, detailed, upper playground choi xooang, sculpture, sculptures, south korea, intricate, human, figures, hyperreal, hyperrealist, detail, detailed, upper playground

ENIGMATIC CANVASES BY MELIKE KARA

by Ariadna Zierold

melike kara, painter, painting, paintings, cologne, germany, sketchy, canvases, enigmatic, figures, movement, upper playground

Cologne-based artist Melike Kara’s canvases are sketchy and spare, economically painted in one or two colors on bare white background. The characters that populate her enigmatic canvases are regularly put through their paces. While some images seem relatively sedate, others are full of figures performing an array of impressive choreographies featuring gravity-defying somersaults and backflips. The contorted bodies, all long arms and legs, offer a casual articulation of human anatomy: with their outstretched hands and legs akimbo, the figures literally let it all hang loose.

melike kara, painter, painting, paintings, cologne, germany, sketchy, canvases, enigmatic, figures, movement, upper playground melike kara, painter, painting, paintings, cologne, germany, sketchy, canvases, enigmatic, figures, movement, upper playground melike kara, painter, painting, paintings, cologne, germany, sketchy, canvases, enigmatic, figures, movement, upper playground melike kara, painter, painting, paintings, cologne, germany, sketchy, canvases, enigmatic, figures, movement, upper playground melike kara, painter, painting, paintings, cologne, germany, sketchy, canvases, enigmatic, figures, movement, upper playground

GRAPHITE DRAWINGS BY MIKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

mike lee, graphite, drawing, drawings, illustration, volume, monochromatic, monochrome, black and white, artificiality, realism, surreal, abstract, shapes, figures, objects, upper playground, new york city

New York City based Mike Lee’s (previously featured here) graphite drawings contemplate the duality between artificiality and realism by taking everyday normalcies (figures, objects and settings) and working them into their most simplistic forms. Small subjects surrounded by vast white spaces, Lee’s drawings represent fleeting moments in a large world.

mike lee, graphite, drawing, drawings, illustration, volume, monochromatic, monochrome, black and white, artificiality, realism, surreal, abstract, shapes, figures, objects, upper playground, new york city mike lee, graphite, drawing, drawings, illustration, volume, monochromatic, monochrome, black and white, artificiality, realism, surreal, abstract, shapes, figures, objects, upper playground, new york city mike lee, graphite, drawing, drawings, illustration, volume, monochromatic, monochrome, black and white, artificiality, realism, surreal, abstract, shapes, figures, objects, upper playground, new york city mike lee, graphite, drawing, drawings, illustration, volume, monochromatic, monochrome, black and white, artificiality, realism, surreal, abstract, shapes, figures, objects, upper playground, new york city mike lee, graphite, drawing, drawings, illustration, volume, monochromatic, monochrome, black and white, artificiality, realism, surreal, abstract, shapes, figures, objects, upper playground, new york city mike lee, graphite, drawing, drawings, illustration, volume, monochromatic, monochrome, black and white, artificiality, realism, surreal, abstract, shapes, figures, objects, upper playground, new york city

COLOSSAL FIGURES BY JEAN-PIERRE ROY

by Ariadna Zierold

jean pierre roy, painting, colossal, figures, characters, surreal, apocalyptic, powerful, vibrant, energetic, vastness, nature, upper playground

Brooklyn-based artist Jean-Pierre Roy treceived his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2002 and was awarded a one-year fellowship from the school. Since 2003, Jean-Pierre has had five solo exhibitions in New York and abroad. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the US and Europe and has had solo museum exhibitions at the Torrence Museum of Art in Los Angeles and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.

jean pierre roy, painting, colossal, figures, characters, surreal, apocalyptic, powerful, vibrant, energetic, vastness, nature, upper playground

Jean-Pierre’s work is imaginative, powerful and at times apocalyptic. His powerful images explore the vastness of nature and leave you feeling insignificant to the world he depicts. In his paintings, colossal figures battle out Roy’s own, personal demons and existensial questions.

jean pierre roy, painting, colossal, figures, characters, surreal, apocalyptic, powerful, vibrant, energetic, vastness, nature, upper playground jean pierre roy, painting, colossal, figures, characters, surreal, apocalyptic, powerful, vibrant, energetic, vastness, nature, upper playground jean pierre roy, painting, colossal, figures, characters, surreal, apocalyptic, powerful, vibrant, energetic, vastness, nature, upper playground jean pierre roy, painting, colossal, figures, characters, surreal, apocalyptic, powerful, vibrant, energetic, vastness, nature, upper playground jean pierre roy, painting, colossal, figures, characters, surreal, apocalyptic, powerful, vibrant, energetic, vastness, nature, upper playground jean pierre roy, painting, colossal, figures, characters, surreal, apocalyptic, powerful, vibrant, energetic, vastness, nature, upper playground jean pierre roy, painting, colossal, figures, characters, surreal, apocalyptic, powerful, vibrant, energetic, vastness, nature, upper playground jean pierre roy, painting, colossal, figures, characters, surreal, apocalyptic, powerful, vibrant, energetic, vastness, nature, upper playground

FELT SCULPTURES BY PAOLO DEL TORO

by Ariadna Zierold

paolo del toro, sculptures, felt, wood, creatures, cartoon, mask, faces, figures, texture, upper playground

Paolo Del Toro (previously featured here) is a sculptor and two-dimensional artist based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Del Toro’s felt sculptures combine realism with a grotesque cartoon aesthetic, resulting in works that depict bizarre, sometimes nightmarish faces and figures, yet still have a strangely inviting texture.

paolo del toro, sculptures, felt, wood, creatures, cartoon, mask, faces, figures, texture, upper playground

From far away, his sculptures look like they could just as easily be made with ceramic or stone. The artist has also worked in wood, and it’s really interesting to be able to see the similarities between the two mediums in the artist’s portfolio.

paolo del toro, sculptures, felt, wood, creatures, cartoon, mask, faces, figures, texture, upper playground paolo del toro, sculptures, felt, wood, creatures, cartoon, mask, faces, figures, texture, upper playground paolo del toro, sculptures, felt, wood, creatures, cartoon, mask, faces, figures, texture, upper playground paolo del toro, sculptures, felt, wood, creatures, cartoon, mask, faces, figures, texture, upper playground paolo del toro, sculptures, felt, wood, creatures, cartoon, mask, faces, figures, texture, upper playground

EMOTIONAL INTIMACY BY THAYER NICHOLAS GRANSTROM BRAY

by Ariadna Zierold

Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray, illustration, drawing, emotional, intimacy, red, blue, anatomy, human, figures, figurative, bodies, kansas city, upper playground

Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray is a drawer, printmaker, bookbinder, and sculptor based in Kansas City. He earned a BFA in printmaking and minor in Art History from the University of Kansas in 2009. Thayer’s work is heavily influenced by, and takes freely and openly form, the history of art, prints, comics, movies, and cartoons.

Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray, illustration, drawing, emotional, intimacy, red, blue, anatomy, human, figures, figurative, bodies, kansas city, upper playground

His 2-D and 3-D work, all figurative, and all ink on paper, investigates ideas of physical closeness, emotional intimacy, body dysmorphia, narcissism, frailty, snuggles, and the social and interpersonal negotiations which occur within heterosexual relationships. He is currently the shop assistant at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Kansas City, MO, and head binder at Red Shorts Bindery.

Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray, illustration, drawing, emotional, intimacy, red, blue, anatomy, human, figures, figurative, bodies, kansas city, upper playground Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray, illustration, drawing, emotional, intimacy, red, blue, anatomy, human, figures, figurative, bodies, kansas city, upper playground Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray, illustration, drawing, emotional, intimacy, red, blue, anatomy, human, figures, figurative, bodies, kansas city, upper playground Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray, illustration, drawing, emotional, intimacy, red, blue, anatomy, human, figures, figurative, bodies, kansas city, upper playground Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray, illustration, drawing, emotional, intimacy, red, blue, anatomy, human, figures, figurative, bodies, kansas city, upper playground

BOLD INTRICATE FIGURES BY ALEX YANES

by Ariadna Zierold

alex yanes, bold, colorful, wood, figures, 3d, miami, upper playground

Alex Yanes‘ work is a staple in Miami’s Wynwood art district and he looks forward to taking his art across the U.S.. His art embodies innovative use of color and imaginative subject matter and speaks to collectors and new art lovers, alike.

alex yanes, bold, colorful, wood, figures, 3d, miami, upper playground

Alex uses bold outlines to define his intricate figures. His most recent works are multi-media, three dimensional images. This process consists of drawing then cutting the image out of masonite board using a jig saw. Once they are cut, the individual pieces of the puzzle are sanded and painted using a mixture of acrylic, spray enamel and air brush. Finally, the pieces are attached to a background in multiple layers, revealing the completed painting.

alex yanes, bold, colorful, wood, figures, 3d, miami, upper playground alex yanes, bold, colorful, wood, figures, 3d, miami, upper playground alex yanes, bold, colorful, wood, figures, 3d, miami, upper playground alex yanes, bold, colorful, wood, figures, 3d, miami, upper playground alex yanes, bold, colorful, wood, figures, 3d, miami, upper playground