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Artist chooses paper, glue and scissors as his medium and the results are gorgeous

In the thick of a digital world, Peruvian artist Kike Congrains embraces old school tools like paper, glue and scissors to depict pop culture icons, kitsch designs and of course, cats.

Because of its low cost, malleability and ease, collage is certainly one of the most widespread techniques in the world of art. Whether we’re artistically inclined or not, it’s highly probable that we’ve all dabbled in the practice at some point of our lives.

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Kindergarten children rendering playful animals, teenagers pasting together photos of celebrities they love, or the creative psychopath that plasters his room with newspaper clippings, collage is certainly a joyous activity for everyone.

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Although the practice is as old as paper itself, the term collage, from the French coller, “to glue”, was only coined in the early 20th century, when Braque and Picasso irrupted into the art scene with their groundbreaking unorthodox approach.

Congrains cuts out old LIFE Magazines from the ’50s and ’60s and contrasts these vintage black and white photographs with colourful designs made of canson brand paper.

Throughout his entire career he has steered away from digital tools, adopting traditional materials that, although some might find outdated and redundant, inevitably give his work a very distinctive feel.

A very popular game among grandchildren and grandmothers in Canson City is "laser looks". It consists of a decisive stare, in which the eyes generate a small disruption in the matrix of space-time releasing califristic waves that dissipate into a thousand colors when they come in contact with the atmosphere. The first one to blink loses. #papercutting #papercuttingart #papercollage #cutandpaste #handcutcollage #handmadecollage #analogcollage #paperart #paperartist #collageart #collageartist #paperandglue #contemporarycollage #kirigami #scherenschnitte #paperscissorsglue #papercollage #cansoncity #collagear #c_expo #AnalogCollageCommune #paperartistcollective #CollageArtwork #collagecollectiveco

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Although his work is a far cry from the elaborate pieces made by the masters of the technique like Juan Gris, Jean Metzinger or Picasso, Congrains pieces are whimsical, attractive and ironic.

The most boring man in the world was built during an uneventful winter in Canson City. When the work was finished, he got up and had a monotonous and soporific life. Until he met the funniest man in the world and together they had adventures between fun and boring. But then they had a discussion and that's where the story ends. #papercutting #papercuttingart #papercollage #cutandpaste #handcutcollage #handmadecollage #analogcollage #paperart #paperartist #collageart #collageartist #paperandglue #contemporarycollage #kirigami #scherenschnitte #paperscissorsglue #papercollage #cansoncity #collagear #c_expo #collagestash #AnalogCollageCommune #paperartistcollective #CollageArtwork #collagecollectiveco

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The Latin American artist chose collage as his preferred technique because of its lack of limitations and strict rules.

“Everybody has the faculty to create collage. With practice you can surely perfect your technique, but I don’t think there’s such thing as a “bad” collage,” said Congrains. “It’s a free and happy world”.

Religion is not very popular in Canson City, but surprisingly the city has its own saint. Every june hundreds of believers flock the streets in holy procession honoring Saint Catalina Felacroix, patron saint of the city. The congregation dress in iridescent tunics and stroll very slowly through the streets licking crucifixes. The crosses are bathed in a thin layer of wax to prevent splinters. #papercutting #papercuttingart #papercollage #cutandpaste #handcutcollage #handmadecollage #analogcollage #paperart #paperartist #collageart #collageartist #paperandglue #congrains #contemporarycollage #cansoncity #c_expo #artnerd1016 #collagestash #analogcollagecommune #papercollage #collagear #kirigami #scherenschnitte #paperscissorglue #paperartistcollective #animatedcollage #gifart #collageanimation

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Filmmaker. 3D artist. Procrastination guru. I spend most of my time doing VFX work for my upcoming film Servicios Públicos, a sci-fi dystopia about robots, overpopulated cities and tyrant states. @iampineros

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