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INNER VISIONS BY EL GATO CHIMNEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Milan based artist El Gato Chimney started his career as a self-taught artist, developing an early interest in graffiti that led to a successful journey into street art. El Gato Chimney has become a prominent presence in leading publications on the subject.

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As the years went by, thanks to the acquisition of new knowledge and the need to continuously improve his technical skills, the artist began to prefer to work in his studio, dedicating his time to introspective research in depicting immaterial things, such as emotions and inner visions.

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Currently, El Gato Chimney’s studies range over a wide variety of subjects, such as alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, primitive art and spiritualism.

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ANCIENT HISTORY OF EARTH BY WAKA YOSHIDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Waka Yoshida was born in Iwate prefecture in 1983 and graduated from Setsu Mode Gakuen in 2008. She began making works that resembled miniature garden-like landscapes on top of geological formations.

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Her work conjures a feeling of nostalgia and embraces a sense of familiarity in her appreoaches to dinosaurs and geology. Combining painting and objects she constructs an imaginary world based on the ancient history of the Earth. Borders may at times bring conflict in the clash of cultures, but they also give rise to the emergence of new forms and encounters. Yoshida explores borders with this affirmative tendency, searching out something that shines even within a world of sadness.

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