MONSTERS AND WILD CREATURES BY CHUCK CHAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chuck Chair is a freelance illustrator, with a background in animation and video game art. He also writes and illustrates picture books. Chuck’s work largely focuses on characters and humor, and is happily influenced by nature, film, mid-century design, Americana, taxidermy, monsters and biscuits.

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UNEXPLAINED EVENTS BY JAMES LIPNICKAS

by Ariadna Zierold

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James Lipnickas is an author/illustrator heavily influenced by old sci-fi, mystery and horror movies, monsters, UFOs, hauntings and unexplained events. He majored in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts but now lives in an old cape in the woods of New England.

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THE HUMAN PSYCHE BY LUNA MONOGATARI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Visual artist Luna Monogatari‘s work explores many fields such as illustration, painting, sculpture and film making. Through her work, Luna defies reality and questions preconceived concepts made by humans before us, exploring the human psyche. We are living in a crucial era, where the climate change may affect life as we know it, so her passion for astronomy, science fiction and geometric shapes lead her to explore new reinterpretations of our world.

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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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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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THE PRECISE STYLE OF CHRIS BUZELLI

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Chris Buzelli is a powerful and imaginative painter and illustrator with a classically precise style and a surreal, cutting-edge creative sensibility. He was influenced by painting side by side with his grandfather, Armondo Buzelli. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Chris moved to New York City. His oil paintings have appeared in many publications, books, and projects for design and ad agencies, and he shows in various galleries throughout the US.

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