REFLECTIVE MESSAGES BY PAOLA DELFIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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By means of the meticulous use of illustration and verging on almost obsessive technique, Mexican artist Paola Delfín attempts to portray the creative aesthetic of her generation while also depicting a reflective message. Her work is mainly influenced by illustrations, organic forms and a mixture of unusual materials.

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“I believe that art needs to be seen everywhere possible, to bring a white wall to life, and make a story out of it. My passion is to create, be available to tell a story with my hands and make it visible to everyone though images that involve you [the viewer] in that story. That feeling is what makes me love being an artist.” Paola Delfin

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FANTASTIC REALISM BY IRVING NORMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Irving Norman‘s art evolved out of American Expressionism and though he understood and admired what his contemporaries were accomplishing, Irving followed the song of a different muse. He said at one time: The path I followed chose me, not me it, I was led to painting by experiencing life, it’s contemplation and a desperate need to give it expression. I find spiritual strength in the artists of the remotest past to the immediate present.”

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Although influenced by the Social Realists of his time, Norman’s style of figuration was set apart by a predilection for caricature – a realism inflamed by the fantastic rather than the natural. The horror and futility of war as experienced by the artist in Spain certainly equipped him with an apocalyptic vision. Norman was creating meticulously detailed realistic paintings and making use of “cartoon” aesthetics decades before the advent of Photorealism or the current “low-brow” fad.

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LINE NARRATIVES BY ERIC NYQUIST

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric Nyquist is an American artist working in Los Angeles. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he began a career as a working artist and illustrator. His body of work includes meticulous drawings, paintings, and collages that merge the organic and the industrial.

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Nyquist chooses the line as his tool in creating dense narratives so detailed they straddle the representative and the abstract. His work disrupts stereotypes and forces the viewer to go beyond simply “looking” at things. Each drawing asks us to see analytically and not just physically.

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In a technological age of rapid image making, Nyquist uses classical methods to create contemporary results. From etching to lithography, he upholds the craft of print-making while expanding the possibilities of the medium. The printing process informs his drawings—as he arranges layers and screens of color and texture into each piece.

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METICULOUS COMPLEXITY BY FUMIHIRO KATO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese artist, Fumihiro Kato, creates his art with a style that has a very complex and meticulous technique, filled with intricate lines that are almost creating designs within designs.

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He has been active since the early 2000’s, displaying his numerous works ranging from abstract to landscapes with his own special touch, which is described as on his website as his “own original painting technique, which has never been used by anyone before.”

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DESIGNS WITHIN DESIGNS BY FUMIHIRO KATO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese artist from Osaka, Fumihiro Kato, has been active since 2004 displaying his numerous works ranging from abstract to landscapes with his own special touch. He creates his art with a style that has a very complex and meticulous technique, filled with intricate lines that are almost creating designs within designs.

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His work is described on his website as his “own original painting technique, which has never been used by anyone before.” It goes without saying that his technique is unique, but the use of vibrant colors is evident and mixed so well with the intricacies of his artwork.

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BALLPOINT PEN ILLUSTRATIONS BY NURIA RIAZA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Spanish illustrator and self proclaimed collector of memories Nuria Riaza creates enchanting biro etched beauties with her inky weapon of choice. Nuria plays with a curious and occasionally dark subject matter, creating wonderfully detailed and mysterious sketches. She loves to draw with her blue pen, scribbling tattoos and unfolding her bittersweet creativity on the paper.

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CHIMERICAL CREATURES BY RICHARD A. KIRK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Richard A. Kirk is a visual artist, illustrator, and author. He exhibits internationally. Richard has illustrated works by Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Mieville, the rock band Korn and others.

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Kirk’s work is drawn from an interest in the forms and processes of the natural world. He explores these themes through the creation of meticulous drawings, which often depict chimerical creatures and protean landscapes. Metamorphosis is an underlying narrative in all of Richard’s work.

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SCULPTURAL REALM BY ARMANDO VEVE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Philadelphia-based artist Armando Veve, creates drawings of surreal scenes and constructions, though each element is rendered in realism. With obsessive attention to detail and a mind that can conjure up epic and surreal scenes, his art becomes a world within its self. His work isn’t just exotic, exquisite, and excellently crafted, but he injects an odd and weird sense of humor that draws viewers to further explore his artistic realm. The style recalls both pointillism and vintage illustrations in reference books.

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“The way I compose some drawings is very similar to how a sculptor arranges physical objects. I love to think of the drawings as blueprints for physical things.” – Armando Veve.

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GELATINOUS ENVIRONMENTS BY KELLY DENATO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based artist Kelly Denato works in a variety of industries and mediums. She works professionally in animation, illustration, and design. Denato also regularly exhibits her paintings, drawings, sculptures, and soft sculptures in galleries across the US. What inspires Denato is the beauty of optimism, and its inherent tragedy, just before disappointment. Her paintings, which are marked by darkness as well as gleeful exuberance, are emotional expressions of this elusive pursuit for meaning and the simultaneity of ill-fated happiness.

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Denato’s painting technique is characterized by meticulous and tiny strokes layered on a textured background. Her colors are glistening and candy-like, often lifting her characters out of darkness as if they have been carved by lacerating colors. Her genius is her ability to richly layer paint while still employing economy in the use of her line, maintaining an empathetic sense of gesture. Her characters are often floating and tangled, drawn with a masterfully delicate illustrator’s hand and an eye for the whimsically sardonic.

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SURREAL HAND-CUT COLLAGES BY HUMAN WRECKAGE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Building upon the foundation of forgotten ephemera, the meticulously crafted collage art of Human Wreckage transforms the simple into the sublime. By assembling images culled from varied historical frames, ranging from mid-century pop to antiquity, the works evoke an ethereal timelessness.

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The unconventional juxtaposition of diverse subject matter simultaneously elevates the mundane and humbles the divine. It is at once violently innocent and joyously satirical.

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