ABSURD COLLAGES BY RAF CRUZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lisbon, Portugal based collagist and graphic designer Raf Cruz is influenced by various different things he sees and hears – politics, news, emotions/gestures, jazz, colors, book covers and graphic arts, the Russian avantgardists, the dadaists, the renaissance and sustainability just to name a few. Since childhood, Cruz has created images from scratch using collage as a paradoxical tool to escape from reality yet remain in the midst of things. Some pieces are totally disturbing, others are simple and fun. Colorful and colorless, they bring relieve even if they are not as sweet as we are expecting.

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He uses old print materials like magazines, books and even school manuals to crafts the collages and builds them either by hand or in digital form. Anyway, the results are illustratively absurd and vivid ensembles expressing an emotional and dramatic world, where the dark, ironic and even comic elements are living side by side in beautiful harmony.

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