pop surrealism

Andrea Wan's reflexive illustrations

Born in Hong Kong, raised in Vancouver, relocated to Berlin, Andrea Wan discovered her talent for illustration when making an animated short for her Film graduation project at Emily Carr University. The animation was based on some of her sketches and her friends persuaded Andrea to carry on this artistic path.

Dream On Little Ghosts, illustration by Andrea WanDream On Little Ghosts, illustration by Andrea Wan

Laura Bifano's whimsical nature

Growing up on Vancouver Island and spending summer weeks in epic surroundings (when going camping with the family in the middle of the woods) gave Canadian artist Laura Bifano a special sense of nature displayed in her vibrant, whimsical gouache paintings. An avid drawer since childhood, when she entertained her friends and family with her imagination, Laura fancies surrealist art, graphic narrative including Pokemon cartoons and retro video games, and “cheesy 70's science fiction”.

Laura Bifano, HunterLaura Bifano, Hunter

Painting limericks: Duy Huynh

For Duy Huynh (pronounced Yee Wun) drawing was his way of settling in a strange world as a youngster immigrant. Years passed and the Vietnamese-born artist kept his childhood passion as a means of living after graduating from UNC Charlotte, North Carolina with a degree in painting and illustration.

Duy Huynh, Flightless Birds Of A FeatherDuy Huynh, Flightless Birds Of A Feather

Joe Webb: innovative old school collages

After working as a graphic designer for several years British artist Joe Webb decided to put digital technologies aside for making smart and fresh-looking paper collages. Using found imagery, limited at two or three pictures, Webb creates by hands (and scissors) a single image that speaks a clean message. His works play with the ideas of old class glamour and glossiness - all fabricated and hallow, the clash between western world and other cultures and the hilarity of humans littleness as opposed with the immensity of universe.

Absent Minded by Joe WebbAbsent Minded by Joe Webb

Pop-art satire of Ion Barladeanu

Life hasn't been kind with Romanian artist Ion Barladeanu. During the communist regime he worked as grave digger and doorman, and after year 1989 he was reduced to a homeless condition. And, despite his incredible talent, his life didn’t change much after the whole world discovered his witty parodic pop-art collages. Born in 1946, in Zapodeni, a small Romanian village, which he left at the age of 18, Barladeanu started making collages as a way to escape his dark reality.

Ion Barladeanu collage artwork, 1983Ion Barladeanu collage artwork, 1983

Spring solo shows at London Miles

If you happen to be in London at the second half of March you must make a stop at the London Miles contemporary art gallery. UK's top venue for surrealist, pop, lowbrow, comic book and illustration art will put on show the works of two amazing American artists Stella Im Hultberg and Scott Belcastro.

"Fragmented is the highly anticipated solo show from Stella Im Hultberg. Her paintings are conceived in varying combinations of ink, watercolor, and oils on paper, wood and canvas. Her portraits of women are rendered in easy, flowing lines with soft hues that transcend the typical critiques of feminine beauty, inherent in today's self conscious society."

Fragmented, by Stella Im HultbergFragmented, by Stella Im Hultberg

Monster trance

Before imagining cute and funny monsters, Shane Devries worked for Showpony Advertising agency, in Adelaide, Australia. This 26 year old artist was as an illustrator, did storyboards, magazine ads, postcards and posters, but ended his job in order to develop his career as a painter. His artworks are absolutely beautiful.

Shane Devries, Mother and ChildShane Devries, Mother and Child

Forceful feminine visions

I am very fond of surrealistic art, as a form of expressing pure, genuine emotions. That is probably why these otherworldly girls, painted by Lori Earley, gained my full interest. Born and raised in New York, Lori studied at School of Visual Arts from NY City and from 2004 began exhibiting her works all over USA and in Europe.

Lori Earley, Ms VLori Earley, Ms V

Dienzo's cute & creepy adolescents

I find Rick "Dienzo" Blanco's characters are delightfully charming. Creepy & Cute is what defines Dienzo's style in fine art, this American artist being inspired in creating his acrylic characters by his work for Disney, Mattel and Cartoon Network. His dark and odd young things are meant to intrigue and cause anxiety, also suggesting that we all have a darker side coming to the surface when we are expecting the least.

Dienzo, Bella RegrettingDienzo, Bella Regretting

Among dreams and monster tales

Dan May's gentle, furry monsters have always maintained a level of humanity. And, surprisingly or not, May's recent collection, called "Into the wild" expands this humanity into a deeper emotional level. Living in Jacksonville, FL, Dan May has exhibited his haunting surreal visions in galleries throughout the US and abroad.

Dan May, Curious Dreamers Wander Thy SolitudeDan May, Curious Dreamers Wander Thy Solitude

True passion for fairytales

Michelle "Mia" Araujo is only 24 years old and has already astonished critics with her acrylic on wood paintings. Born in Los Angeles, Mia graduated Otis College of Art & Design and her works are being submitted in well-known art shows and galleries including Roq la Rue, Ad Hoc Art or Corey Helford Gallery. She also has a twin sister which is both her harshest critic and closest friend.

Mia Araujo, PersephoneMia Araujo, Persephone

Mysticism and sensuality with a fashion sense

It's hard to say that she's focusing on a certain area although sensual mystical women are her usual subjects. Martine Johanna's works are a combination of multiple feelings, sensations, and personal experiences. She also finds inspiration in the vastest of cultural, historical and mythological backgrounds she never ceases to explore.

Martine Johanna, DeeperMartine Johanna, Deeper

Women, paintings and a Victorian self

Ray Caesar's paintings intrigue me in a way few artists do. You can consider them fantasy portrayals of beautiful, delicate youthful women, but if you look close enough you'll see that characters are not exactly what they seem to be. They are dark, sometimes cruel, they live at the limit between real and fantastic, subconscious life.

Ray Caesar, Arabesque, 2009Ray Caesar, Arabesque, 2009

Fairy tales from Nicoletta Ceccoli

It's a true wonderland that Nicoletta Ceccoli depicts through her illustrations. Odd dollish princesses, grim little beasts or tiny magical pet friends they all have a part in Italian artist's acrylic on paper artworks.

Nicoletta Ceccoli illustrationNicoletta Ceccoli - The princess and the prey

Art among skeletons

Joe Vollan's art seems inspired by nightmares, fears, menaces, by nature and its cruel rules. And most of all, Joe Vollan's paintings are without exception author's mind processes. Through his surrealistic pieces of art, painted in their majority with acrylic on panel and acrylic on canvas, he creates bizarre worlds. He creates fantastic tales, where skeletons, giant whales, humanized birds and other terrifying creatures live their adventures like people in the real world do; they die, they suffer and most of all, they are willing to escape their own monsters.Joe Vollan Painting