MYSTERIOUS EROTICA BY CHEN-DAO LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Taiwanese artist Chen-Dao Lee has created a world of violence, vengeance and a lot of semi-naked women. Lee introduces the viewers to a mysterious and erotic body of work, with his pop images reflecting as dark objects of desire on the viewers’ mind. These anime-like, twisted paintings depict a world where men are perverse pigs and women are fighting Amazons.

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Lee’s characters are furious and cynic individuals who strive to survive in a world where fighting seems to be the only way of communicating. Expressing their emotions through violent and excessive reactions, the heroes fully embrace every single feeling that passes through their body.

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POP SURREALISM BY TODD SCHORR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Todd Schorr is an American artist and one of the most prominent members of the “Lowbrow” art movement or pop surrealism. Combining a cartoon influenced visual vocabulary with a highly polished technical ability, based on the exacting painting methods of the Old Masters, Schorr weaves intricate narratives that are often biting yet humorous in their commentary on the human condition.

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Schorr grew up as a child in Oakland, New Jersey. Showing a compulsion for drawing at an early age, his parents enrolled him in Saturday morning art classes when he was five years old. Deeply affected by fantasy movies such as the 1933 film classic “King Kong” and the early animated cartoons of Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, their influence along with comic books such as “Mad” would have a lasting effect on Schorr’s developing visual vocabulary.

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IMPERMANENCE BY JUAN TRAVIESO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Juan Travieso is an artist based in Miami and New York.  His work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age.

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AMAZING JUXTAPOSITIONS BY YOSUKE UENO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yosuke Ueno is a self-taught Japanese artist, working in the style of pop surrealism. Born in Japan in 1977, he has been creating his unique and colorful world since his early age, and as a result Ueno’s first solo exhibition was in 1994 in Yamaguchi, when he was just 16 years old.

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Weird, creepy but in a beautiful kind of way, Ueno’s art stands out for its interesting juxtapositions and hidden symbolism. Skulls, swans, scissors and amazing characters appear in his paintings, making you wonder what kind of hidden message they all carry.

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POP SURREALISM BY MARK RYDEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Blending themes of pop culture with techniques reminiscent of the old masters, Mark Ryden has created a singular style that blurs the traditional boundaries between high and low art. His work first garnered attention in the 1990s when he ushered in a new genre of painting, “Pop Surrealism”, dragging a host of followers in his wake. Ryden’s aesthetic is developed from subtle amalgams of many sources, from Ingres, David and other French classicists to Little Golden Books. Ryden also draws his inspiration from anything that will evoke mystery: old toys, anatomical models, stuffed animals, skeletons and religious ephemera found in flea markets.

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Ryden’s vocabulary ranges from cryptic to cute, treading a fine line between nostalgic cliché and disturbing archetype. Seduced by his infinitely detailed and meticulously glazed surfaces, the viewer is confronted with the juxtaposition of the childhood innocence and the mysterious recesses of the soul.

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LOWBROW ILLUSTRATIONS BY SEONNA HONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Seonna Hong was born in Southern California in 1973 and graduated with a B.A. in Art from Cal State University Long Beach. She honed her craft teaching art to children and in 2004 received an Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Production Design for her work on the animated series My Life as a Teenage Robot. That same year she released Animus, a moving picture book published by Baby Tattoo Books. Hong has exhibited at galleries around the world, most notably with Kaikai Kiki under the direction of Takashi Murakami in Tokyo, Japan.

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