FLESH VANITAS BY MIGUEL SCHEROFF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Madrid based Miguel Scheroff is a painter whose works range between reality and fiction. Using the technique of oil painting as his favorite, he presents large-scale works made with an incredible hyperrealism. He puts in contact painting with photography, although that it is not his intention, but he aims to critique the society within we live.

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HYPER DETAILED DIGITAL COLLAGES BY LUIS TOLEDO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Luis Toledo (LAPRISAMATA) is an artist hailing from Madrid, Spain. The hyper-detailed digital collages of Toledo really need to be seen at a much larger size, something you can do at the artist’s Behance pages and at his website. As always with collage, composition is crucial, and Toledo certainly knows what he’s doing on that score.

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CHAOTIC DRAWINGS BY MOISES MAHIQUES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Valencia, Spain based Moisés Mahiques‘ large drawings are both technically accomplished as well as being conceptually complex using drawing to question the value system of the individual, of contemporary life, action and consequence and above all the expressive possibilities of the line and figure.

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At first glance these drawings are chaotic, a dense network of animated lines that attempt to capture an essence, the figure becoming an anthropomorphic expression of our alienation from the environment. On an aesthetic level Mahiques drawings are beautiful to look at, to peer into, the action dynamic, the line so clean, precise, so definite.

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DARK UNIVERSES BY MONOCHROME

by Ariadna Zierold

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Monochrome is Helena Vizcaíno, a visual artist and illustrator from Spain. She is currently living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She illustrates dark universes that don’t exist, elements from her imagination, natural and outer space elements. Her interests go from animation to the tattoo culture, to fashion design and advertising, where she also finds her inspiration.

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PALM STITCHED PORTRAITS BY DAVID CATA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Spanish artist David Catá uses his body as a canvas, writing an autobiographical diary. In his ongoing series ‘A Flor De Piel’, he embroiders portraits of people who have influenced or marked his life – family, friends, teachers, lovers, partners – sewn into the palm of his hand. Catá uses his body as a canvas for his project Overexposed Emotions which illustrates how much the members of his family, including his girlfriend, Tamara, are woven into his life.

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Each eye-watering artwork takes about four hours to complete, after which David, a music student and artist, films himself picking the stitches out of his hands. Using a needle he very carefully pierces the top layer of his skin before drawing the thread through to create a stitch.

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FIGURATIVE CHARACTERS BY ANDREA CASTRO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain based artist Andrea Castro paints delicate oil work portraits overlaid by thick, expressive strokes of color. Castro, who originally studied fashion design, works in the overlap between abstract and figurative art, often adding details such as beading or embroidery to her works.

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She considers art as another language, another way to express yourself. She’s fascinated by the idea of reaching everybody around the world, whichever the language they may speak, and connect with them through her character’s emotions or stories. She wants the observer to identify with her own artistic idiom and to vent of all those feelings we all have felt overtaking ourselves at some point. To do that she creates internal conversations with the subjects of her paintings, they tell her what they want to transmit as she’s giving them shape.

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GEOMETRIC STRUCTURES AND PATTERNS BY OKUDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Okuda San Miguel was born in Santander and based in Madrid since 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since its inception in 1997, his pieces on rail-roads and abandoned factories in his hometown were clearly recognizable. Parallel to his work in the street, Okuda also starts producing more intimate works in his studio, with which from 2009 evolves into a more personal way. In his work, multicolored geometric architectures blend with organic shapes, bodies without identity, headless animals, symbols that encourage reflexion, he uses a unique iconographic language.

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The multicolored geometric structures and patterns are joined with gray bodies and organic forms in artistic pieces that could be categorized as Pop Surrealism with a clear essence of street forms. His works often raise contradictions about existentialism, the Universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, the false freedom of capitalism, and show a clear conflict between modernity and our roots; ultimately, between man and himself.

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ABSURD SCENERIES BY ELENA EPER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Elena Éper is an illustrator, graphic and web designer based in Madrid, Spain. It’s the liveliness of her illustrations -whether featuring giant statues of ears, floating hands, and green triangle shaped smiling monsters- that is so rare. Even just displayed on the screen her work appears to have it’s own voice, one that is unrestrained, humorous, and spirited using warped references to modern day culture that allows it to appear familiar, but also new.

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DYNAMIC PAINTINGS BY YAGO HORTAL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Spanish artist Yago Hortal‘s acrylic paintings are wild and dynamic yet wondrously controlled. Hortal epitomizes a new wave of painters creating a contemporary understanding of abstraction, with works gushing, exploding, or dripping off the walls. With his explosive use of color, containing fluid marbling and three-dimensional texture, Yago’s works convey pure energy bouncing off the canvas, allowing freedom for the viewer’s own interpretation.

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“A painting that talks about painting, and in consequence, about its own language autonomy, is a whirlpool that extends to in?nity, a pictorial-rational loop.” Yago Hortal

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