THE WORK OF BENE ROHLMANN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bene Rohlmann was born in 1985 in Münster, Germany and is currently living and working in Berlin. In 2007 he started his formal training in Design, with a major in Illustration at FH Münster and graduated with his diploma in 2012. His artwork combines various traditional techniques such as collage and drawing, and incorporate a random assortment of themes which interest him, such as Mexican death cults, traditional art from native tribes, lots of nature related themes like moths and plants, classic Disney movies and old advertisements.

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REINVENTED POP ART BY GARY TAXALI

by Ariadna Zierold

gary taxali, india, toronto, canada, pop art, vintage, retro, illustration, low brow, high brow, upper playground

Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India and raised in Toronto, Canada.  Taxali graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD). His retro stylized art is reminiscent of the 1930s and best described as “reinvented pop art” and rooted from an award winning illustration background. His art has a low brow/high brow appeal.

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WHIMSICAL CREATURES BY ROMAN KLONEK

by Ariadna Zierold

roman klonek, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, germany, dusseldorf, old fashioned, color block, vintage, retro, whimsical, creatures, characters, surreal, graphic, poster, posters, upper playground

Düsseldorf, Germany based Roman Klonek (previously featured here) was born in Kattowitz, Poland. He has a spot for old fashioned cartoons and modern block printing styles. In the 90s he studied Graphic Arts in Duesseldorf and discovered a passion for woodcut.

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For 15 years he has been doing posters with a wide range of whimsical creatures, mostly half animal/half human, preferential in awkward situations. In his work, you will find a bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore and pop.
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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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FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS BY GREG BURAK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Queens, NY based Greg Burak (previously featured here) makes figurative paintings. He was born in the Hudson Valley Region of New York in 1986. He received his Associates Degree from the Delaware College of Art and Design in 2005, his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007, and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2015.

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Burak’s strange and unnerving paintings often “set” in the late 1970s or early 1980s (by his use of clothing and interior style), immediately recall coming-of-age movies of that era.

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NEON INFUSED ART BY JAMES WHITE

by Ariadna Zierold

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James White was born in 1977 and calls Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada his home. His parents were never able to keep typewriter paper in the house as James would steal it for drawings as early as the age of 4. Upon graduation of highschool he attended a Graphic Design course in his hometown where he was introduced to Photoshop and Illustrator, tools he still uses today. James never stopped creating and working on his own projects that took up his evenings and weekends which resulted in the creation of the Signalnoise Studio.

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Today, James is focusing on various neon-infused art projects, creating some pieces to compliment his childhood in the 1980s. He also spends a lot of time on the road speaking at various design conventions and events around the world.

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RETRO FUTURISTIC LANDSCAPES BY VICTOR MOATTI

by Ariadna Zierold

victor moatti, paris, france, illustrator, illustration, dreamy, retro, futuristic, cosmic, blue, violet, hues, landscapes, 80s, upper playground

Paris based artist Victor Moattis work focuses on simple shapes, complex assembly and dreamy colors. Through his many pieces, a certain palette of color emerges and characterizes his work. The bluish and violet hues are a constant along with playful shadows and cosmic landscapes.

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A very 80s and retro futuristic aesthetic is visually a result from his work and the techniques used and the elements present place it out of time and out of any terrestrial place known to man for that matter.

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CINEMATIC PAINTINGS BY ERIC WHITE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric White presents photorealistic scenes with a surreal visual twist in his cinematic paintings. For source materials, White turns to 1940s-era Hollywood films and film noir; he also claims inspiration from David Lynch’s darkly humorous TV series Twin Peaks. Compressing a sequence of events into a single moment, White creates claustrophobic scenes populated by glamorous figures locked in ambiguous psychological drama.

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LUCHA LIBRE POSTERS BY ZORAN LUCIC

by Ariadna Zierold

zoran lucic, lucha libre, illustration, poster, posters, mexico, monochrome, monochromatic, retro, graphic, design, upper playground

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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EIGHTIES VIBES BY YOKO HONDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yoko Honda‘s use of vibrant neon colors and the swirly, zig-zagged and geometrical designs that defined the decade completely bring you into the 80s. Through a combination of digital painting and print, she constructs scenes of resplendent kitsch, made up of palm trees, motels, neon signs and swimming pools, all inter-dispersed with structured lines, tiles or interior architecture.

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