PARANORMAL CRYPTIDS BY JASON LIMON

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Antonio, Texas based Jason Limon is a painter who has exhibited his artwork in galleries across the U.S. and in parts of Europe. He studied Fine art and Communication Art in San Antonio and later began working as a graphic designer. His current art follows stories based on mythological creatures and paranormal cryptids portrayed with a hint of humor with a dose of strangeness. You can often see his characters brought to life in dimensional form through his complex sculptures.

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BRUTAL SAND SCULPTURES BY TOSHIHIKO HOSAKA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toshihiko Hosaka‘s work defies what we typically think of as sand art as he sculpts and carves the loose, granular substance as if it were some malleable form of clay. He began making sand sculptures in art school and has been using beaches and sand boxes as his canvas for almost 20 years. There is no core, mold or adhesive ever used throughout the process: just sand. The only trick Hosaka uses is a hardening spray applied to his sculpture only after it’s been completed, in order to prevent wind and sun from eroding it for a few days.

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MYTHOLOGICAL SCULPTURES BY EVA FUNDERBURGH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eva Funderburgh is a sculptor living in Seattle, Washington. While her work ranges from clay to bronze to installation work, the movement and emotional content of her work stand out, regardless of the medium.

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Her work deals with the overlap of humanity and the natural world. She uses her simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions. Storytelling and the idea of myth plays a very large role in her work, but equally so the notion of biology.

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MYTHOLOGICAL REALM BY JAMES JEAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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James Jean is a Taiwanese American visual artist, known for both his commercial work and fine art gallery work. Jean fuses contemporary subjects with aesthetic techniques inspired by traditional Chinese scroll paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, and Renaissance portraiture.

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By experimenting with different styles and art-historical genres, Jean depicts detailed cosmological worlds that focus on both individual and universal experiences. His small-scale pieces feature single figures engaged in everyday tasks, and are focused on specific narratives and emotions. Layered with imagery drawn from both contemporary culture and age-old allegories, the artist imagines a collective realm of mythological proportions.

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“ACT 1: WARPED PASSAGE” BY CURIOT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Favio Martínez, aka Curiot, is a street art artist based in Mexico City. His work is often mythological, but he doesn’t apply a specific myth to the images that he paints, strongly inspired by his Mexican heritage which he hopes to uphold in his art. Strange creatures inhabit his compositions, while every one of them is definitely alien like.

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THE MYTHOLOGICAL LENS OF SADDO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Saddo is the alias of Raul Oprea, a Romanian artist who cut his teeth in a street art collective called ‘The Playground’, which he founded around ten years ago. Since then, Saddo has been making a name for himself as a fine artist within the New Contemporary gallery scene. Tackling big themes head on, he explores the likes of death, mortality, violence and war, opting to view his subject matter through a mythological lens. Saddo’s fascination with religion and mythology extends back years and pervades many of his works, as he contemplates how tales and beliefs have travelled between different cultures, all the while growing and morphing into new entities.

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