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The Vibrant Portraits of Alvaro Tapias
Imbued with intensity, Chilean artist Alvaro Tapia brings vibrant, contrasting colors and geometric shapes to his illustrations. Despite his chaotic aesthetic, Tapia admits that the process behind his portraits is meticulous, slow and deliberate. First reducing the image to its contours, he finds method in his madness by using bold techniques that add to the original portrait until the image itself bursts with life.
Sasayaki No Tsudoi” Translation: Gathering Whispers. Giant Robot celebrated Edwin Ushiro’s new ‘tra-digital’ works on plexiglass , a luminous combination of traditional and digital. Ushiro’s first trial with this technique. His unique manner of working was recently documented in Thrash Lab x Giant Robot’s artist documentary series, which played at the opening. It offered a rare insight into his private process of sketching, digitally painting, and reapplying the work onto plexiglass for final, hand painted touches.
Christina Mrozik is an artist from Michigan, USA. She has spent the majority of her life observing the natural world and the types of relationships that form within it. Having grown up on the Grand River in Michigan, she was inspired by it’s habitats at an early age. Blending the external world with her own understanding of the human condition has led to her distinct style, in which flora and fauna stand in, representing the simultaneous and often opposing matters of the human heart.
She often draws with ink and marker on paper, adding bursts of color with watercolor and high pigmented acrylics. She views the art making process as one of portraiture, in which analyzing the drawing helps make sense of peoples’ histories and abilities. Currently based in Grand Rapids Michigan, she has shown both regionally and nationally.
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