METALLIC OIL PAINTINGS BY MOLLY GRUNINGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Molly Gruninger is a graphic designer and artist with a B.F.A. in Visual Communication from Ball State University. She has a passion for working with her hands. Whether she is painting, sculpting, or gluing sticks together, she will find a way to make something out of nothing.

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Gruninger’s ideas are driven by the challenge to combine concept with function, and she enjoys being able to speak to a large population through the filter of her own experience. She believes beauty can be found everywhere, from a rusty nail to a pile of rocks, and both art and design allow her to take the mundane and make it meaningful.

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EPIC CHROMED MURALS BY BIK ISMO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Joshua Santos Rivera (featured earlier), also known under the pseudonyms of “Bik”, “Ismo” and “Bik-Ismo” was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1981. The distinctive symbol of this urban artist is the toaster.

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Joshua has worked as a graffiti artist for 16 years, which has allowed him to belong to prestigious urban arts groups, among them The Nasty Boys (TNB) and Masters at Destruction (MAD). Among his achievements are being the artist who organized the first exhibition of graffiti on canvas in Puerto Rico, entitled “Virtuosos of Aerosol”, and be the first to organize an exhibition of urban art in Puerto Rico, entitled “Exhibition”. These exhibitions opened their doors to other urban artists so they could present their work in more formal settings.

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Similarly, “Bik” achieved the distinction of being one of the students chosen by the School of Visual Arts in Puerto Rico to visit the Arco Fair in Madrid, Spain. Also, “Ismo” painted the largest mural in the Caribbean: A water tank.

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