IMAGE MAKER STEFAN GLERUM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amsterdam based Stefan Glerum’s style is like a melting pot of illustration heritage. While its subconscious familiarity has universal appeal, his work is also a study point for those with knowledge of graphic design history. His work is inspired by early 20th Century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, which he combines with popular themes, executed in a handdrawn style reminiscent of the clear line.

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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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GEOMETRIC ORGANISMS BY JAIME ROVENSTINE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kansas City, Missouri based Jaime Rovenstine’s geometric shapes are married with landscapes that look like they’re from another planet shrouded in dots. Her paintings are most inspired by natural organisms and biospheres. She has come to see her paintings as small windows into some sort of dream-world. Some paintings feel like they’re underwater, some out in space, some in the mountains.

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VIBRANT SKELETONS BY BRADLEY THEODORE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Turks and Caicos born street artist and New York based Bradley Theodore mixes and matches in vibrant colors key elements of art and fashion, plastering his power clashing hybrids around the city streets.

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“Fashion allows people to become art. It’s the only time in our society that’s truly accepted for you to be a form of art. The average person on the street is trying to convey an image. That image could be an identity, he or she could be building himself as a painting: it might be the most super-glossed up glam queen, or they could be portraying this stupendous image of Madonna.” Bradley Theodore

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He’s painted murals across the globe; done cover art for albums for the Wu Tang Clan, created art for Def Jam, Universal Records, and Sony. He’s been featured in Vogue for his iconic skeletal images of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. His works play- fully explores fashion, graphic design and popular culture.

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ORGANIC APPROACH BY KLONE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Klone currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. Influenced by his childhood emigration from the Ukraine to Israel, Klone’s initial practice of tagging and graffiti were personal challenges to themes of diaspora. This urban tradition allowed him to take ownership of his surrounding and localize an often hostile and alienating environment, making his foreign settings, more familiar.

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Using characters, symbols, and regional iconography Klone’s work borrows from existing linguistic traditions in hope of providing a bridge to communicate. This organic approach appeals in its attempt at universality without erasure, without requiring a blank slate mentality. Each installation and drawing, attempts to create an environment that will connect with the observers primal feeling, placing him or her as part of the setting and context of the work.

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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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INTENSE ILLUSTRATIONS BY MILOU MAASS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rotterdam, Netherlands based Milou Maass’ work seems delicate, yet powerful. Characterized by fashion, hair textures, realism and surrealism, organic and geometric shapes, she manages to create intense illustrations. Maass mainly draws with pen and pencil, and has become more and more interested in typography, integrating her new passion into her more recent work.

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EMBROIDERED LANDSCAPES BY ANA TERESA BARBOZA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lima, Peru based artist Ana Teresa Barboza creates landscapes and other imagery that exists in the space between tapestry and sculpture using embroidery, yarn, and wool. Emulating the flow of waves or grass, each piece breaks out of its embroidery hoop and tumbles down the wall upon which it is being displayed.

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Both embroidery and crocheting are techniques that require time. I use these techniques in order to make a connection between manual work and the processes of nature; creating thread structures similar to the structures that make a plant for example.” Ana Teresa Barboza

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