NATURALISTIC ILLUSTRATION BY SADDO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Romanian artist, illustrator and muralist, Saddo started his artistic career as founder of one of the first Romanian street art collectives, The Playground, in a time when a freshly graduated artist didn’t have other possibilities than to be a graphic designer or a teacher. But his street art activity brought a fresh fun vibe to his way of perceiving art and the world, and opened doors to many different projects, commissions for advertising agencies, collaborations with galleries in Bucharest, Vienna, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Glasgow, Salvador, etc.

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Going through many different phases and influences, from horror movie posters, street art, comics, Saddo has recently developed his style into more elaborate shapes, with many different influences from old masters of 15th – 17th century, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Bosch, Brueghel, Walton Ford, naturalistic illustration, pop surrealism, religion, mythology.

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PHANTASMAGORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Austin, Texas based Jon MacNair (previously featured here) was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan near Detroit. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, where he earned a BFA in Illustration. His commercial work has appeared in editorial publications and mainly been used for apparel and package design.

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With pen in hand, MacNair creates phantasmagoric images that reveal stories of parallel worlds observed by giant eyes. Chimeric creatures captive from a dark innocence invade the hallucinatory universes of this work.

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PSYCHEDELIC DREAMSCAPES BY RAM HAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ram Han’s dreamscapes show a psychedelic and surreal world where faces can be replaced by swirling galaxies, teacups weep over spilled pills, and a Furby can be surgically dismantled to reveal a tiny Furby heart and brain. Han’s work revolves around nostalgia, memories real and imagined. Formally trained in animation, Han shifted her focus to illustration.

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SPOOKY ILLUSTRATIONS BY TRAVIS LAMPE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago based Travis Lampe grew up in a small town in Kansas. After earning a degree in Graphic Design, he took a job in advertising as an art director in Chicago. While making ads for breakfast cereals and well known purveyors of inexpensive furniture over a period of several years, he secretly began “developing his illustration style,” which is not the same thing as “procrastinating.” Finally, when he felt the world was ready, he began his slow explosion onto the art and illustration scene, as it were.

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POST POP SURREALISM BY CASEY WELDON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Casey Weldon (previously featured here) is an American illustrator and fine artist known for his brightly-colored surrealist paintings of multi-eyed cats and mystical women. He uses melancholy and humor in conjunction with the iconography of modern pop culture, leading his critics to designate his style as “post-pop surrealism.”

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NATURAL SCIENCE ILLUSTRATION BY ZOE KELLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based Zoe Keller (previously featured here) is an illustrator exploring the intersection of art making, activism and the natural sciences. She spends most of her time drawing in her small home studio. She gathers inspiration from slow explorations of landscapes, hours spent thumbing through her growing field guide collection, and her memories of time spent in forests and on shores across the midwest and northeast.

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IMAGINATIVE BIOLOGY BY DANIEL BARRETO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Daniel Barreto is a Visual Artist based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Barreto’s work has been exhibited at Times Square, Saatchi Gallery, FILE (Electronic Language electronic festival), The Gifer (Gif Art Festival), Boston Convention Center, Beijing’s Yuan Art Museum among others.

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Throughout his portfolio, his texturized designs often feature images of trees or leaves, hinting at his long love for Earthly representations. The graphic artist fell in love with nature at a young age, growing up in a family that owned a plant nursery and having a father who studied marine biology. Whether it’s a symmetrical representation of a jellyfish-like creature or an in-depth depiction of cellular organelles, design gives him the ability to recreate an honest, yet artistic rendering of the image.

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EXPRESSIVE CHARACTERS BY DAVID CHUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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David “The Chung!!” Chung’s relatable body of work revolves around the recognition and acceptance of ourselves and our complex human emotions. Occasionally placed in unfortunate and/or awkward scenarios, The Chung!!’s colorful and expressive menagerie of characters are a study of his own personal day to day life. Packed with humor and heart, his work helps remind us to stop taking life so seriously and take a moment to step back and laugh at what is essentially ourselves.
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Although born in Albany, New York, David spent the majority of his early childhood in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The remainder of his youth was spent in Upstate New York where he graduated from high school. After attending the University at Buffalo for 2 years, he eventually transferred and graduated from the College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI) as an illustration major in 2006. David’s work has been featured in galleries around the world and he currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, baby and dog. During the day, when he isn’t painting or working on designer toys, David works in the animation industry and is currently an Art Director at Dreamworks TV. He has worked on shows such as “Futurama”, “Robot and Monster”, “Clarence”, “Regular Show” and “Sanjay and Craig.”

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