CONCEPTUAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY MARCO MELGRATI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Marco Melgrati was born in 1984 in Milan, Italy. In 2006 he graduated at Santa Giulia School of Fine Arts. He is living in Mexico City. Melgrati works with magazines by mail, mostly for USA , Italy, and Mexico. He works with mixed media plus digital programs.

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He definitely spends a lot of time on observing our modern world. This world of technology, virtual reality, and stereotypes imposed by the media. He describes his style as conceptual illustration – a style that is focused on the idea. This means that Melgrati crates the illustrations that depict all the absurdity of everyday life.

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RITUALS AND MYTHS BY MARTIN FERREYRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexico City based artist Martin Ferreyra was born in the city of Cordoba, Argentina. Regarding the arts, he is mainly self-taught, participating in workshops in painting and ceramics. In recent years his work has been divided between those two, developing a personal world within his visual imagery. He has been investigating and working with concepts around identity, ritual, and myth, latent in the collective unconscious of latin culture.

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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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STREET ART WORK BY ROOT RISES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Edgar Eden Vargas, better known as Root Rises, is an artist originally from Puebla, but currently lives in Mexico City. His work ranges from design, illustration, painting and street art.

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“When I started, all my work was characterized by having organic roots and elements with positive messages and ideas, that is why the combination of root and ascending words, which together are opposite because the roots are supposed to grow upwards and well that seemed original and funny.” Root Rises

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The Future is Now | CHEMA64

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Chema64 is an artist from Mexico City, bringing the past and the future to the only time we can experience it, NOW.

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Instead of reliving old patterns, Chema64 “recycles obsolete technology and ephemera” creating visually pleasing aesthetics in multimedia art.

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You may recognize familiar sculptures, video viewing screens and even the Gameboy that was a 90’s one-hit wonder gaming device. But the intersection of obsolete technology and short lived wonders combined, make for the joy and “newness” that resonates with these images.

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Chema64’s funky tunes can be found here.

SUNGAZING BY RODRIGO ALCOCER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out Mexico City-based photographer Rodrigo Alcocer‘s new series Sungazing. He is
 interested in how photography -in terms of practice and discipline- is inserted into and reacts to widespread production and consumption of images in our culture at this particular historical moment. 

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Alcocer is currently working in transitions of photography, and how we read our context from the increasingly dominant strategies and methods of the digital world (mass/widespread production) as opposed to the methods and practices regarding photography in contemporary art (large format, chemical photography and seriality). He thinks that in this range of changes reside many ways to continue reflecting and exploring different natures of the photo in a world where all we do is edit, show and share images.

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Sungazing is an atlas, a growing archive of photo objects achieved from physical transfer to large format film of time-lapses of sunrises and sunsets collected from web platforms generated digital videos and shared by Youtube users.

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THE ABSTRACT WORLD OF FABRICIO VANDEN BROECK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexico City based Fabricio Vanden Broeck is an illustrator, designer, painter and editor. His illustrations have been published in The New York Times Book Review, Libération in Paris and La Vanguardia in Barcelona, amongst others.

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Vanden Broeck uses a variety of techniques in the creation of his illustrations from graphic engraving and scratchboard techniques, to the painterly, including acrylics, color pencil drawing, and watercolors always searching for the best medium to express the work’s essence.

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THE HYPERREALISTIC WORKS OF KAMALKY LAUREANO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kamalky Laureano is an artist from Dominican Republic who currently resides in Mexico City.

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His work is inspired by the feelings he experiences through out his life; he narrates the human condition, and portrays thoughts as well as ideas on large canvases. He creates stunningly realistic images using acrylics as his preferred medium.

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Monomito by Dr. Lakra at Kurimanzutto Gallery

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Dr. Lakra’s (Jerónimo López Ramírez) new exhibition “Monomito” is showing at Kurimanzutto Gallery in Mexico City. With “Monomito”, the Oaxaca-based artist presents a large collection of sculptures made from found objects at flea markets. The constant collector, Dr. Lakra uses some of his findings to create totems and deities out of a mix of faces, bodies and limbs from different toys. The show also features distorted sculptures of famous politicians, musicians and writers, as the artist adds defects and assorted bumps to the classical sculptures.

Check out select work from “Monomito” by Dr. Lakra below.

“Monomito”
Dr. Lakra
Kurimanzutto Gallery
Mexico City
June 9th – September 5th

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Curiot Completes New Mural in San Francisco

Curiot (Favio Martinez) completed a new mural at Hotel Des Arts in San Francisco’s Financial District. The Mexico City based artist is in San Francisco for his solo show “Down the Rabbit Hole with Neon Lights” at FFDG. The wall was curated by Upper Playground and Fifty24SF Gallery, and features Curiot’s signature style that alludes to Mexican tradition, with vibrant colors, a mythical beast and geometric designs.

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