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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ABSURD CREATURES BY STEVE FERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Steve Ferrera received his BFA from UCSC and his MFA from SJSU both with an emphasis in sculpture. His work crosses many disciplines including film, television, stop motion animation, children’s books, and collectible toys. Often inspired by mythology, religion, cartoons, and make believe, his curious and absurd creatures exist in their own cosmic events, lurking on the fringes of fairy tale and folklore. He lives in Berkeley California with his one-eyed cat.

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FRAGMENTED COLLAGES BY LOLA DUPRE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Glasgow based Lola Dupré is a multicultural collage artist and illustrator currently working in Portugal. Lola creates surreal and fragmented portraits, she uses multiple prints of the same image in different sizes that are combined in one piece. The collage work is handmade with paper, scissors and glue and the process takes a long time, 20 to 30 hours per image.

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SKINNED SCULPTURES AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY MASAO KINOSHITA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Masao Kinoshita draws much of his inspiration from diverse mythologies, religions and folklores from around the globe. Fusing narratives across space and time, the horned maenads of ancient Greece live alongside the Yoga Asura deities of Buddhism in a visceral, animalistic universe where fitness reigns supreme.

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Kinoshita’s sculptures stand skinned and erect. Working with materials ranging from wood to resin to bronze, the Japanese sculptor uses an aesthetic we normally associate with natural history museums to render athletic, flexing creatures of the sea and land.

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WOMEN BY AFARIN SAJEDI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Afarin Sajedi is an Iranian artist that creates soul baring close-ups that make you feel like your spirit has just been scolded.  Afarin is not trying to be a feminist hero or a champion for the Third World.  She is just trying to scope, capture and give a glimpse of the hidden and very often unseen turmoil buried within all of us.

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The use of  small brushstrokes make her paintings that much more lively – the texture encourages the idea of naturalism and un-edited beauty and the color is so vibrant and detailed, like you can see every pore, shadow, freckle, and blemish that exists. Her paintings are huge, so you can see every detail up close too, even better.

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AN OPERATIONAL MACHINE BY SANTISSIMI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Santissimi‘s work (Antonello Serra and Sara Renzetti) looks at the art as an operational machine in which the forms are comfortably reflected in the definition of “philosophical empiricism in the art”. Philosophical empiricism means putting into practice the knowledge, to perform an operation of thought, or to be more precise translate into visual terms, linguistic and conceptual thinking in scientific and philosophical matters.

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CHARCOAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY ODANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Fernan Odang Jr. is a self-taught artist based in Manila. Odang explores the idea of internal damage by depicting oppressive and corrupt systems that prey on the poor and underprivileged in a series of charcoal on paper works.

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Odang chose to delve into issues such as sexual abuse, drug addiction, and political manipulation. He interprets the nature of abusers by correlating them with animals, using the image of pigs, for instance, as a stand-in for greed, or dogs as a proxy for sexual predators.

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SURREAL ANATOMICAL DRAWINGS BY TROELS CARLSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Copenhagen, Denmark based Troels Carlsen warps classic anatomical illustrations of natural organisms to produce mixed media works on paper. On a purely visual level, the contrast between the illustrative anatomical drawings and Carlsen’s slightly humorous injections works really nicely holding conceptual tones as well. Carlsen gets his inspiration from the human condition, specifically how art has captured human life over the last few centuries.

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