Ernest Pignon-Ernest was born in Nice (France) in 1942. Since 1966 he has made the street both the setting and the subject of his ephemeral works af art, which echo and underscore the historical and current events occurring there.
«Places are my essential materials. I try to understand, to grasp everything that can be seen there – space, light, colours – and at the same time everything that cannot or can no longer be seen: history, buried memories. This is what I use to elaborate my images, wich are thus born out of the places where I set them. (…) The aim of this insertion is both to make the place into a ‘visual space‘ and to work on its memories, to reveal, disrupt and heighten its symbolism. (…) I do not make works in a given situation, I try to make works with situations.»
Website : ERNEST PIGNON ERNEST – Site officiel
Source: Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Street Art’s Pioneer
The iranian photographer Mehrdad, aka M1rasoulifard, keeps an Instagram account dedicated the the intricate beauty of centuries-old mosques in Iran (as ancient as 900 years old), making for an architectural history lesson of sorts. Given that symetrical geometry weaves its way throughout the evolution Iranian architecture, it should be no surprise that mosques in particular utilize the style and tactic to create kaleidoscope patterns in the colorfully tiled walls and ceilings of the country’s religious buildings.
Instagram: mehrdad (@m1rasoulifard) • Instagram photos and videos
Source: Iranian Instagram photographer M1rasoulifard
In the Sakalava funerary art of the west coast of Madagascar, erotic statues representing men or women, couples or even several people are particularly famous.
A veritable enigma for observers, these “erotic” funerary statues have been the subject of various speculations: sometimes they have been considered objects of delight, sometimes they have been perceived only as tourist curiosities. But we dont really know what they mean.
Source: YOU ARTS Erotic Funeral Sculptures from Sakalava (Madagascar) – 19th Century
Mbongeni Buthelezi, born 1966 in South Africa, is an artist who became known for “painting” in plastic.
The material that he uses for his “paintings” is always waste made of plastic: he cuts it into little pieces and glues them onto the canvas, creating surfaces and structures with subtle and changing tones and coloures. The use of such material shows Buthelezi’s awareness of environmental problems and the physical decay of the townships as well as the references to general social and political impoverishment and flaw of opportunities and alternatives that he observes in South Africa.
Through his work, Buthelezi wants to mediate and communicate hope. He is convinced that seeing his works and his history, people are able to realise that in South Africa there are many opportunities, too, and that it is possible to create a better life and a career out of nothing; making art would enable people to change their lives and to contribute something positive to the world.
Buthelezi states about his style: “I now have 18 different techniques, each of which have subtle differences from the other. The material can be applied like large ‘brushstrokes’ in many colours, or sepia toned where layers of neutral shading creates visual depth and subtlety or applied in a linear manner.”
Text Source: Mbongeni Buthelezi – Wikipedia
Source: Mbongeni Buthelezi, the Man who Paints with Plastic!
Chinese artist Luo Li Rong (b. 1980) produces realistic sculptures that convey the beauty and grace of the human figure. Working primarily in bronze, her life-size creations feature women in motion. They strike elegant poses that elongate their bodies with a seemingly windswept appearance; their hair and clothing look as though they’re being moved by a gentle breeze. This creates a compelling dichotomy; while there is an impressive dedication to realism—Rong is careful to detail each delicate fold of the skin—there’s also a fantastical element to her work, as her characters reside on clouds and hold raindrops in their hands.
Born in China, Luo Li Rong has pursued sculpting since an early age. She studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, then under the tutelage of sculptor Wang Du, and later she “immersed herself” in figurative sculpture techniques used by European artists in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Their sense of femininity plays a defining role in Rong’s contemporary works, and the stylistic guidelines help carry on the tradition of realistic sculptures in art.
Instagram: Luo Li Rong (@luo_li_rong_art) • Instagram photos and videos
Source: Renaissance Inspired Sculptures by Chinese Luo Li Rong
Russian photographer Oleg Dou (b. 1983) in his words:
“Being electrocuted when I was two years old is the first thing I remember.”
“I like having a tradition and seeing how it can work with modern material, how it can translate into new ideas.”
“I want to concoct a situation that happens, for example, in european films: there doesn’t seem to be a specific message, but the situation plays with our head and makes us ask ourselves questions like ‘what is this’ and ‘what is this for?”
“I find it extremely important to do what I do ‘beautifully’; not for beauty itself, per se, but more so as a tool that makes my ideas both interesting and workable.”
“I am looking for something bordering between the beautiful and the repulsive, living and dead. i want to attain the feeling of presence one can get when walking by a plastic manikin…”
Oleg is one of the best-known photographers of the younger generation.
Website: Oleg Dou
Source: Fine Surreal Photographs by Oleg Dou
Ellie Davies (Born 1976) lives in Dorset and works in the woods and forests of Southern England. She gained her MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008.
She has been selected Fine Art Single Image Winner in the Magnum Photography Awards 2017.
Website: HOME – Ellie Davies Photographer
Source: Into the Woods by Ellie Davies