MUTED PALETTE ILLUSTRATIONS BY HSIAO RON CHENG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Taipei-based artist Hsiao-Ron Cheng is a 1986-born Taiwanese digital artist/illustrator that uses a muted palette to create imagery that you’d probably find in your dreams on a night when you’ve eaten too much cheese.

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She started to work as a freelance illustrator in 2012 and soon get international attention. In the same year, her work has been shortlisted for Young Illustrator Award. Hsiao-Ron’s clients range from fashion brand to design agencies worldwide. Other experiences include a digital painting of 8ft mural for coffee shop interior design.

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MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE BY MAGDALENA PAGOWSKA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Magdalena Pagowska, also know under as len-yan, is an illustrator and digital artist living and working in Warsaw, Poland. Her bleak style of coloring and intriguing way of portraying mysterious people and creatures is truly captivating. There’s a lot of natural influences in Magdalena’s work, especially from the skies, stars and planets. These influences and the stunning, cold looks in the eyes of the people she portrays give the illustrations an otherworldly vibe, like staring at portraits from people from another galaxy or dimension.

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CLOUD HEADS BY YANG CAO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto-based artist Yang Cao paints faceless figures to portray a spectrum of emotions and sensations. A graduate in fine art from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Cao typically creates fantastical paintings of nude bodies with cloud-like heads in dull colors.

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Yang commenced his artistic education in fine art, oils, acrylic and sketching. From the beginning of his creative career, Yang has expressed an intense and insightful fascination with the expansive array of human emotions and sensations, which he perceives as connecting all persons notwithstanding their differences. The artistic exploration of these residues of emotion permit Yang to draw his audience into his creative expression.

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THE FOLLOWERS BY ALAN FEARS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alan Fears is a UK artist who makes paintings, sculptures, furniture and music. His style is simple and direct. The theme in most of his art revolves around reminding himself, and everybody else, how great and stupid humans can be and therefore how great and stupid life can be. People, the world and humor float around in his head and eventually end up in his work.

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Alan has depicted everyday faces and a variety of characters, like a blonde, bearded man with a unibrow and a cheesy guy wearing an I Heart Life hat. Despite these seemingly exaggerated characteristics, the artist feels the viewer will start to “search for themselves in the crowd”.

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DREAMLIKE SURREALISM BY ANDREA WAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin-based Andrea Wan is a Hong Kong-born illustrator and visual artist, known for the dream-like illustrations created in her unique surrealist style. Andrea’s work is often inspired by the subconscious mind as well as her daily life and travels. Her surrealist ink drawings often combine emotional states with dreamscapes and characters that represents people that plays various roles in her life.

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Through an emotional landscape, people, animals and ghosts, Andrea communicates her most private emotions and thoughts, conveying them on watercolor paper. A distinctive visual language emerges from her illustrations, made from acrylic ink.

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HYPERREALIST ENVIRONMENTS BY JOSHUA COCKING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Broome, Australia based artist Joshua Cocking is quickly becoming known for his surreal compositions and hyperrealist style. Within his compositions, Cocking addresses the relationship humans have with their immediate environment, how one can affect the other and that they are inextricably linked.

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After 15 years painting, Joshua has found his visual voice and in the last 4 years and has received acclaim in several prestigious Australian Art Prizes.  In 2014 he was the winner of the 2014 Cossack Acquisitive Art Award  and was awarded a highly commended in the 2015 Paddington Art Prize and 2015 Black Swan Portrait Prize.

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DIPPED SCULPTURES BY CHRISTINA A. WEST

by Ariadna Zierold

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Atlanta-based artist Christina A. West (featured before) is an avid people watcher with a dry sense of humor, active imagination, and an innate impulse to create with her hands. She says that if you meet her and she stares at you a bit too long, she’s probably just picturing you naked.

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West’s sculptures do not provide answers or assertions, but embrace uncertainty through the provocation of more questions. The figures are permanently frozen mid-gesture in a moment that encourages the generation of ambiguous narratives. Stripped from the context of previous actions, the figures’ personalities, motives, intentions are malleable and unfixed in the viewers’ minds.

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SANTIAGO SALVADOR ASCUI CREATES A SENSE OF UNITY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chilean artist Santiago Salvador Ascui’s vibrant creations consist of people, whether rendered as a greater pattern, bunched together in corporate intimacy, or a private moment between two subjects. Rarely are these stylized characters alone. Rather, the painter seems most focused on creating a sense of unity with much of this work.

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While having the playfulness of the “new folk” work of the 1990s, his work is also informed by a strict systematic structure. His pieces function almost as color studies, guiding the eye through the placement of hue, rather than, as most figurative paintings would, narrative.

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“BODEGA” BY MIKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mike Lee was born in 1983 in Placentia, California and is currently living and working in New York City. He is a visual artist and he received his Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in 2006.

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Alongside his commercial work, Lee finds the time to devote to his own personal artwork and often exhibits his highly meticulous figurative drawings at prestigious galleries throughout the US. Lee is also an active member of RVMP, a collaborative art group. In 2012, Mike self-published his first book, entitled ‘Bodega’, which revolves around the everyday activities of an urban corner store; each hour is represented in its 24 pages and illustrates the daily life of the neighborhood.

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NEW PAINTINGS BY HYURO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Argentinian-born, Valencia-based artist Hyuro makes use of negative space through a series of repeating figures, where the location of her work is integral to how we perceive it.

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Whether she is mural painting, building installations, or showing her paintings in a gallery, Hyuro is making observations about life: framed by an empty white background, the people in her work demonstrate our relationships and how we interact with one another. In her minimalist style, her works challenge stereotypes and address themes surrounding urban relationships, co-existence and the notion of being “alone together”.

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