Thanks to his masterful grasp of collage and mixed media art, Spanish visual artist Ernesto Artillo crafts picturesque stories which combine fashion, nature and art together in the most unusual and eye-catching ways.
Artillo layers sleek fashion cuttings with graceful textures hues, creating mixed media works that burst with refinement, beauty and a certain maturity. As he plays with the shapes and colours of architectural landscapes, natural settings and bold high fashion cuttings, he creates collages in which structure softly flirts with femininity.
Artillo’s collages stand out through their finely constructed compositions; these come together to form a new order and to give us a sneak peek of this artist’s compelling vision of the world. His art is also filled with brilliant references to religion and mythology which, by adding power and emotion to his work, give the latter a sophisticated aura.
What makes Artillo’s creations so fascinating is the way in which each separate element meshes together to form harmonious scenes that take on a life and reality of their own – almost as though they pertained to an alternate, two-dimensional universe. His collaboration with menswear designer SixLee is a particularly good example of this: in it, Artillo offers his delicate interpretation of the designer’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, by highlighting its soft silhouettes with dreamy floral cutouts and brush strokes.
Diego Fernandez creates art with utmost care, as he paints minimal yet distinctive features and figures in ways that show the clarity with which he perceives his subjects. The Buenos Aires-based artist pays formidable attention to each and every detail of his subjects’ appearances, from the tones and shadows of their skin to their finest strands of hair, in order to capture them both wholly and gracefully.
It would be hard not to fall for the finesse of Fernandez’s portraits, which make use of clean lines, muted colours and high levels of detail and symmetry. They also bear an impressive resemblance to traditional art which, considering his almost exclusive use of digital techniques, highlights the artist’s particularly unique skill. A fusion of femininity and naturalist elements, Fernandez’s art subtly takes realism to the next level, as it inches towards a surrealism that enhances his subjects’ most compelling auras.
In their simplicity, each portrait conveys an evocative vision of a human being’s beauty. Through their delicate appearances, Fernandez’s portraits go beyond being mere physical representations: they also seek to explore the depths of his subjects’ mind and soul, and succeed in reaching out to the viewer with their emotional quality.
Most notable about Fernandez’s art is the unique atmosphere that fills each softly-traced line: timeless, nostalgic and tinged with a dramatic feel, such atmosphere is what illuminates his work and reveals the artist’s highly pensive nature.