MIXED MEDIA ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALEJANDRINA HERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alejandrina Herrera (previously featured here) is an artist from Mexico. In her drawings and mixed media pieces she tells stories about people and animals in an ironic and melancholic way and how they interact with their surroundings. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.

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NATIVE TALES BY SPAIK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Spaik is a Mexican street artist who creates colorful works mainly in Mexico but also in other countries of South America. Spaik uses traditional local themes in most of his paintings as wells as mythical references from native tales. He earned a Bachelor Title in Film Studies at the Mexican Institute of Cinematographic and Humanistic Research (IMICH) in the city of Morelia, Michoacan in Mexico.

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KUXAN SUUM BY AARON GLASSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Aaron Glasson (previously featured here) collaborated with Celeste Byers in Tulum, Mexico. The head is hollow and inside has room for many people. Their hope is the structure is used for get togethers, alone time, ceremonies, jungle picnics, music, meditation etc. Climbing plants will be planted around the perimeter and moss will turn the head green over time.
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The concept was inspired by a Maya prediction that goes as follows… Tulum was one of the first points of contact for the Europeans who evidently invaded and colonized Mexico. Tulum, once part of the Mayan empire is no longer what it was. “The souls of the wise elders are vigilant and dwell under the ruins of Tulum and they’re waiting for the Kuxan Suum, the cord that connects the world to reunite. The Mayas are looming and at the first signs. their ancient powers will begin to return. ” -Marco Antonio León Diez

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THE VISCERAL GRAPHIC EXPRESSION OF JOSE LUIS SANCHEZ RULL

by Ariadna Zierold

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José Luis Sánchez Rull studied in the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. After recieving his title as Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA), he returned to Mexico with a mind set in creating a body of work in his home-workshop in Tláhuac. Deep in solitude, he developed his craze for taking art to a moment farther from seeing and hushing and understanding image as a three-part existence: creating, seeing and talking.

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Sanchez Rull’s drawings and paintings are fed by a broad repertoire of literary, visual, and musical references: from William Blake, Charles Bukowski to the comic strips in MAD Magazine and the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry. The work is an exploration of the artists psyche in terms of a visceral graphic expression.

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DYNAMIC WORKS BY AIDEE DE LEON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexico City based Aideé De León‘s paintings are within the symbolic boundary of the canvas, they emphasize their absolute abstraction, there is no reference window there is a presence that arises from the dynamic of the color, from the intensity of the stroke. The provocative use of color is the protagonist in pictures of indeterminate and vigorous forms. The technique is directly linked to the release of its temperament: although the use of color is sometimes contained and other times totally gestural as seen in the long strokes achieved with the whole body and in the free drippings from matter.

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LUCHA LIBRE POSTERS BY ZORAN LUCIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Croatian designer Zoran Lucić was approached to design a series of posters for the Lucha Libre CMLL, Mexico’s major professional wrestling federation. Zoran’s retro-licious work is reminiscent of old-school posters from the 60’s and 70’s.

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Zoran Lucić was born in Šabac, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) and grew up in Domaljevac, Bosnia & Herzegovina and for some time in Hungary. Zoran Lucic studied graphism and design at the Bijeljina B&H University and, although his first love was sculpting, he later discovered an affinity for typography. He now lives in Bijeljina and works as a freelance graphic designer.

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QUIRKY MOMENTS BY ALEJANDRINA HERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexican artist Alejandrina Herrera’s illustrations capture quirky moments in the life of people and animals. The minimal approach to different life situations using a mix of watercolor, drawings, and mixed media, is quite fun. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.

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ORGANIC SURROUNDINGS BY PAOLA BECK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Illustrator and Mexican painter of Germanic descent Paola Beck spent the first 11 years of her life in Hockenheim, a tiny town in southern Germany. She studied under the Waldorf system, a pedagogical program based on artistic teaching in its different applications.

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Beck’s main source of inspiration are the natural elements, such as plants and animals that always create an organic link with the human being. The artist is involved in different projects that focus on the revitalization of public spaces, as she perceives art as the main tool to engage in an awareness dialogue with people, leading them with her unique style to gradually fall in love with her surroundings.

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CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS BY ANDRES GAMIOCHIPI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrés Gamiochipi is a Mexican-born artist that combines cultural and geographical elements within collages that at first glance generate visual impact. Gamiochipi’s work is often influenced by attributes and the cultural environment of his hometown. Through a smile he shows his unconcern to deliver messages with extreme nuances.

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With each carefully placed cut, Gamiochipi fills his work with rich textures, shades and patterns, and without fear ensures that his collages express his beliefs and convictions. Gamiochipi produces addictive pieces of art, which demonstrates his ability for reflection and fun in the day to day.

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MEDIA FLOOD BY KAREN REYES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out the astonishing paintings and colored pencil works on paper by Monterrey, Mexico based artist Karen Reyes that seem to deal with society’s problems and the flood of media that distorts our daily perceptions of reality.

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With studies in industrial design and architecture, Karen began to see beyond the possibilities; she became interested in materials and colors, as well as in the management of forms and aspects which endow her illustrations with a strong and determined character.

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“I see in my drawings a reinterpretation of my obsessions and personal approach to do all the things I see.” Karen Reyes

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