Freddy Tsimba (b. 1967) is a Congolese visual artist living in Democratic Republic of the Congo. He works in Kinshasa (DRC’s capital, 12 million inhabitants) in a workshop he calls the “humanitarian corridor” and has exhibited in many countries of the world.
Freddy Tsimba explores the theme of war in all its aspects. Many of his sculptures consist of sockets and / or pieces of weapons welded together to form characters. The technique used allows to develop a powerful symbolism, because the artist thus gives life to inert objects having been used to kill. He is also using spoons and keys.
Website: Freddy Tsimba | Artiste plasticien. Sculpteur. Congolais.
Source: Meet Freddy Tsimba, Congolese Contemporary Sculptor
US artist Christopher David White (b. 1977) is a trompe l’oeil sculptor whose works are handmade predominantly from clay and rendered with acute attention to detail, often resembling decaying pieces of wood, rusted metal, and other objects in various stages of deterioration. These works explore the relationship between humanity and nature and how both are in a constant state of flux between growth and decay.
Source: Hyperrealistic ‘Wood’ Sculptures in… Ceramic by Christopher David White
Since 1987, US artist and illustrator David Zinn (b. 1969) has stalked the streets creating temporary illustrations with chalk and charcoal. Zinn improvises each piece on the spot and makes use of found objects, street fixtures, and stairsteps to create trompe l’oeil illusions.
Most of these drawings have appeared on sidewalks in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in Michigan, but many have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan, village squares in Sweden and street corners in Taiwan.
Website: David Zinn – Street Art & Illustration
Source: Lovely Chalk Street Art by David Zinn
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a contemporary art museum located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world. The museum opened on September 22, 2017.
It is Zeitz a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum which collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all. Over one hundred galleries, spread over nine floors, are dedicated to a large cutting edge permanent collection; temporary exhibitions; and Centres for Art Education, Curatorial Excellence, Performative Practice, Photography, the Moving Image, and the Costume Institute.
Website: Zeitz MOCAA – Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Source: The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town
Samuel Salcedo was born in Barcelona in 1975, where he lives and works. Bachelor of Fine Arts, he studied at the University of Barcelona and the Manchester Metropolitan University in England.
Salcedo’s sculptural work is characterized by technical excellence. One can see his mastery in the diversity of the materials he uses (resin, wood, aluminum) and which integrate painting, the discipline with which he began his career. His sculptures and characters always question the viewer with their subtle irony and vulnerability.
Website: Samuel Salcedo – Work
Source: Amazing Faces by Samuel Salcedo
Debra Bernier (b. 1962) from Victoria, Canada creates extraordinary wooden art. She uses natural materials, such as driftwood, clay, and shells to create mesmerising driftwood sculptures. These intricate pieces represent the spirits of nature as human fusing together with the natural material.
Debra lives with her family on beautiful Vancouver Island Canada, immersed in the wild and gentle inspiration of nature. The artist takes on the workshop pieces of wood, which already have a certain shape. The she turns them into incredible forms that look like mermaids, elves, dryads or other creatures native to the fantasy worlds.
She sees each piece of driftwood as a work of art already, created through the hands of Mother Nature. The earth, the ocean, even the moon and its effects on the tides, play a part in the unique shaping of driftwood.
Website: Home – Debra Bernier Earth Sculptures
Source: Driftwood Spirit Sculptures by Debra Bernier
Israeli artist Chaim Machlev (b. 1983) works in Berlin as a tattoo artist, under the professional moniker Dots to Lines. Machlev left Israel after living there until age 30 because he wanted to dedicate his life to the art of tattooing and realized that, in Israel, he couldn’t train in the way he desired. He bravely left his job as a service manager at a famous IT company and his life of relative wealth and comfort to start over in Berlin.
Machlev tattoos mostly in black ink. His designs make heavy use of geometric shapes, into which he often blends madalas, insects and other images.
“I actually started to make those designs because it was weird for me that people try to categorize tattoos and other art forms. I could say that I have that split in my designs, just like in my personality; I make those art-minimalistic lines — the computer kid inside me — and very detailed mandalas, the spiritual man inside me.”
Chaim Machlev takes the line and curve of the bodies of his clients into account before he creates his proposed design. He said of his process,
“My designs are based a lot on the shape of the body of the particular client that I’m tattooing at the time. The process starts with meeting the clients and trying to understand what it is that they want to express. Then I observe their body and the location they had in mind for the tattoo, and I try to create something that will look organic and be in harmony with the body. I draw up a rough design before I start, and the final result is something that the client cannot predict. So it takes a lot of trust to get tattooed by me.”
Instagram: Chaim Machlev (@dotstolines) • Photos et vidéos Instagram
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Source: Dots To Lines by Chaim Machlev