Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. His recent North American museum tours feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks.
” My paintings express my personal and cultural histories. Having grown up on the island of Taiwan, I have a deep affinity for the elemental power of water and the forces of nature. Now living in America, I feel the ebb and flow of competing cultures. The ancient philosophies of my homeland, which teach self-discipline and selflessness, collide and mingle with Western notions of ego, alienation, and desire. My working method is a process of subtraction from darkness to light. I carve into the paint with a stylus to bring forth the individual lines that are the central motif of my work. These lines flow across the canvas in rhythms and frequencies that create depths and swells on the painted surface. Something of the self is lost in the resulting tangle, and then regained, only to be lost again. Simplicity and harmony exist within the chaos.” – Leigh Wen
Sculpted heels made by SIT in cooperation with Rob & Erik Hillenbrink. Wow.
Jacques de Oliveira Cezar is a sculptor based in Paris. After studying architecture and graphic design, he devotes himself to sculpture and streetart. His work is exploring anatomy throughout its relation to animality and spirituality.
Mu Boyan was born in 1976 in Jinan, Shandong Province of China. Mu graduated from the Sculpture Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts with master’s degree in 2005. In 2003, Mu Boyan displayed his series work, “Bath Center” in the public bath house of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. It is said, that group of sculpture was accepted to make for a bath center a job for living. After that, Mu Boyan has concentrated continuously on portraying the images of a fat person. The newest solo exhibition of Mu Boyan at Aye Gallery will be on view until March 13th, 2013.
Cool series entitled ‘Beat Generation’ by London-based freelance illustrator and animator Andrew Khosravani.
“I live and work in Kinshasa – in the heart of the chaotic megalopolis of the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was born there in 1981. In my early childhood i lived in Kalemie – a city in the province of Katanga in the south East of the DRC. I returned to Kinshasa – to my birthplace, which is a phantom for me… I was a member of the collective of young Congolese artists. We tried to explore with passion and engagement free and innovating creations. The collective was constituted as a framework to exchanges the different experiences in our lifes, spirits and expressions, but also to fight for human rights and our freedom. All the attempts are articulated around a concept which is called – the librisme. This is a movement of young revolutionary thinking artists in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries of the African continent by being opposed to colonial and old school academic art.” – Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo
Gioco Roesch‘s work are wonderfully drawn, and appropriately light and fun. Lots to look at on his site, so get clicking!
Sislej Xhafa is a contemporary artist known for his inquiry into the social, economic and political realities as they interact with the protean variety of modern society. His investigations use a minimal ironic and subversive language, utilizing indifferently a wide range of media, from sculpture to drawing, from performance to photography. Xhafa’s artistic research occupies a wide variety of issues, ranging from questioning the legal status Kosovo with his “Clandestine Pavilion” at the Venice Biennale to reflecting on the concept of security and stability with work exhibited in New York. Based out of New York, Sislej’s work does not merely reflect reality. Through his art, Sislej questions it. (via TEDxPrishtina)