Cuban artist Angel Boligan is the winner of many prestigious art awards, participated in major international exhibitions, and has just recently ‘started using the internet in order to disseminate his work.’ In this series of illustrations, Boligan gives his characters and each scene a sense of sadness in their realism, depicting lonely children, weight-conscious middle-aged […]
When talking about dreamscapes, Michael Page is the right artist to mention. His work, literally, is fantastic: the shapes and colours merge like dreams, creating pop-surrealistic scenarios of animals and creatures but always with one foot in reality so we can relate to what he paints. The San Francisco-based artist is known for his vibrant […]
Eugenia Loli must have a wicked sense of humor because her photo collages crack me up. I can’t quite put my finger on why they’re funny, but maybe it’s the combination of vintage, 1950s imagery with scary, apocalyptic themes. The two very different tones seem to collide in her series of beautifully surreal images. I’d love a large […]
Painter Jason John works in the style of Psychological Realism to explore the complexities of identity in relation to memory and ones social world. John’s extraordinarily detailed figures caught in dramatic environment of uneasiness and spatial fluxes are attempts to accurately reflect deeper psychological realities. Oftentimes, figures are partially concealed, thus taking away any personal […]
Andrea Melcangi is a Milan based photographer, who demonstrates his passion for art through humourous, surreal advertising images. While we don’t expect to see them in Time Magazine anytime soon, the cheeky approach to catching your attention works for us.
Japan-based artist Xhxix creates these amazing digital portraits that have a uniquely surreal quality to them. The use of vibrant colors and dull skin tones creates a beautiful emotional juxtaposition.
Arizona-based photographer Ernie Button has created a series of photos called Cerealism, featuring various cereals photographed in different locations. Some cereal become fish in a bowl, some turn into bays of hay. But my favourite? The Great Pyramid of Oatmeal Squares.
Paolo Pedroni is a promising young artist coming from the Italian Pop Surrealism scene. I really admire the soft and delicate touch of his style, which explores the bittersweet side of his imaginary world.
The work of Zdzislaw Beksinski is certainly not new, but although it’s been around for several decades, it is still mesmerizing. Some of his paintings have a Francis Bacon meets William Turner feel to them. You often see blurry objects in the background disappearing behind a veil of light next to nightmarish creatures and dark gloomy atmospheres, all with unsaturated colors and ghostly brush strokes. I see it as a dark post-apocalyptic surrealism, which is no wonder taking into account he was a teenager during the Second World War.
Sergio Mora is probably one of my favorite artists ever. I just can’t get enough of looking at his adorable tattoo series. And his illustrations and paintings are absolutely captivating. I love the humor and the surrealism in his pieces. Just when I think he couldn’t get better, he comes up with a new piece that totally blows my mind.
Yayoi Kusama is an amazing surrealist who has spent many years in a mental institution where she has her studio in Japan. Kusama has recently had a series of important exhibitions, so there is a renewed inter0st in her art. At the age of 82, she is an inspiration to so many of us.
Sir Francis Bacon once said: ‘There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion’, and the work of Spanish street artist Aryz seems to embody this quote perfectly. His paintings and murals are stunningly ethereal, accessible, and beautiful, but also tinged heavily with a dark and unsettling surrealism.
New Zealand designer Maree Horner likes to drop old donkeys into children’s swimming pools to trigger her subconscious process. In Furniture of the World, a human belly appears from inside a bucket; others rest in a suitcase, a box or bin. Her images are like modern Rubik cubes of male and female genitalia.