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.
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.
Diego Rodriguez-Warner was born in Managua, Nicaragua in 1986. In 2008, he studied under the Cuban Minister for Fine Arts, Lesbia Vent Dumois, in Havana, and completed his Bachelor of Arts in COIN Theory and Fine Arts from Hampshire College in 2009. In 2013, he received his Masters of Fine Arts from the Printmaking Department of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Rodriguez-Warner is an artist who makes often jarring images dealing with violence, layered history, originality, and collapse. He’s keen on art history and pop culture, so you see in the works references to Matisse, Picasso and Asian watercolors but also to Disney, Japanese anime, urban street art, superheroes and maybe some Internet porn.
Mesa-based painter and digital manipulator Scott Wolf (aka ColorOrgy) blends perversion with pop culture, creating a twisted take on Americana with the help of violence and sexuality. Between children with chainsaws and bunnies birthing Easter eggs in the Virgin Mary’s Arms, Wolf’s work is so wrong it’s right.
Finding inspiration from mid-20th century pulp fiction and comic books – Scott’s graphic images mix vibrant hues with equal parts of dark humor, to explore the sinister side of childhood, romance and gender roles in a changing society.
Muralist JAZ finished a wall in the festival Color Walk in Ciudad Juarez Mexico. The city marked by recent years of severe violence is trying to shed its infamy as one of the most dangerous cities in all of North and South America. This particular mural that JAZ finished is exactly about that political an social situation in Mexico and it reflects on the eagle myth with irony. It is also supposed to be a tribute to the 43 students that went missing on Sept. 26th.
My favourite stone is a diamond. It is pure and contains the universe. I readjust my haircut often, it marks a change in my life. I like to be alone, it’s honest I think. In the morning I get up very early. I don’t drink coffee, only tee – without sugar. My favourite place is my bed. I could stay there for days and hide. I don’t go out at night, because nightlife bores me. I don’t understand people who need to display their charms in bars surrounded by the violence of the noise of others. I am single. I don’t belief in marriage, it somehow reminds me of fitted kitchens. —Ivonne Dippmann