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
Exploring the idea of line and space, the portuguese sculptor David Oliveira (b. 1980) plays on optical illusion. Two dimensions become three dimensional works of wire art. His wire sculptures evokes the appearance of a sketch suspended. Fashioned only in line, the viewer fills in the space to see the character beyond.
The figures depicted by the sculptures are mainly figurative and refer to classical life-drawing poses. He works as close to natural scale as possible but has also explored smaller, more fragile subject matters including grasshoppers, snails, spiders, bees and dragonflies.
David holds a degree in sculpture from Lisbon University.
Website: Escultura | Davidoliveira Escultura
Source: Scribbled Wire Sculptures by David Oliveira
Nguyen Manh Hung (b. 1976) was born in Hanoi and is currently based in Ho Chi Minh City. In recent years, Nguyen has attracted international attention and has participated in various important institutional exhibitions.
Working with a range of media, including installation, painting and sculpture, Hung addresses issues that concern life in contemporary Vietnamese society as well as aspects of the national and cultural history of Vietnam. Charged with social criticism subtly conveyed through visual symbolism, his approach is strongly influenced by surrealist practice.
Website: Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng | Trang chủ
Source: Nguyen Manh Hung, Vietnamese Contemporary Artist
Andries Botha was born in 1952, Durban (South-Africa). He lives and works in Durban. Andries Botha is an sculptor and human rights activist. Botha’s activism includes such work as Bheka Phambile, a 1994 collaboration with Sam Ntshangase to create a skills-based creative training program for women. In 1999, he founded Create Africa South, a nongovernmental organization committed to promote creativity in South Africa. In 2001, Botha conceptualized a creative memory project committed to developing economic autonomy for black South African women.
Graduating from the University of Natal in the 1970’s, he won several awards including the Volkskas Atelier Merit Award in 1987, the Cape Town Triennial Merit (1988), the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (1990) and the National Vita Art Award (1992). His artwork reflects his civil engagement and his ideas about power, migration, colonialism..As a sculptor he’s best konwn for his elephants. Sculptures and installation at the same time, this work reflect Botha’s sensibility. He uses mainly wood, metal and rocks for create his work.
Website: Andries Botha – Artworks & Sculpture – South African Artist
Source: Elephants by Andries Botha
German artist Jan Vormann (b. 1985) identifies damaged buildings and plugs the gaps with brightly colored Lego bricks.
It’s not uncommon for passersby to feel the urge to play with Legos and join Vormann as he works, giving the project a communal aspect. But the work isn’t kids’ stuff: It takes structural know-how to “repair” organic shapes with Lego blocks. An interactive map on his website displays snapshots from the nearly 40 cities he has visited in the US, Europe, Central America, and Asia.
Source: Lego “Re-construction” Street Art by Jan Vormann
Arinze Stanley Egbe was born on 20th November 1993 in Lagos, Nigeria and graduated from Imo state University with a B.Eng in Agricultural engineering.
Starting at an early age of 6, Arinze has always been enthusiastic about drawing realistic portraits on paper through his drawings. Being exposed to his family’s paper buisness, Arinze grew to love paper and pencils as his toys at a very tender age. Over the years He gradually taught himself how to master both Pencils and Paper in harmony through what he calls his three P’s namely Patience, Practice and persistence. These have guided him throughout his journey as an artist.
With no form of training, Arinze drives at creating art that sparks a mood to viewers. A response that entailes some degree of disturbance to the mind of his viewers.
In his words:
“My art is born out of the undying zeal of perfection both in skill and expression as I find myself spending countless hours working an a drawing.
I draw inspiration from life experiences and basically everything that sparks a feeling of necessity, I love to stimulate deep and strong emotions, as I find them most attractive.
Most times it’s almost like I lose control of my pencils and like energy transfer, the art flows through me from my pencil to the paper.
I work with my Principle of the Three P’s namely Patience, Practice and Persistence. These have guided me over the years towards perfecting my craft.”
Source: Hyperreal Pencil Drawings by Nigerian Arinze Stanley Egbe
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