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HIERONYMUS BOSCH PIÑATAS BY ROBERTO BENAVIDEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Drawn to art at a young age, but raised in rural South Texas with very little access to any art education, Roberto Benavidez followed a secondary interest into a BFA in acting at Texas State University. After a few years of moderate acting success in the Texas market, Benavidez found himself drawn back to sculpture and headed west to California. He reorientated himself with art classes at Pasadena City College in sculpting, drawing and painting, extending into bronze casting where he initially worked in an abstract, figurative style and exhibited in group shows. He and now specializes in sculpturally elegant and fantastical piñatas.

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BIZARRE PHYSICS BY SALVATORE ALESSI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Salvatore Alessi was born in Sicily in 1974. After Art School, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo, specializing in scenography. Then he started working as a scenographer: he made theatrical sets for the Politeama Theatre of Palermo, and the Massimo of Catania. In 2006 he devoted himself to painting professionally, permanently exposing at Il Polittico Gallery of Rome and Libra Contemporary Art of Catania.

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Alessi plays with reality and abstraction in his oil works on canvas. His scenes seem to reference and subvert both the physics of the real world and an internal existence.

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METALLIC OIL PAINTINGS BY MOLLY GRUNINGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Molly Gruninger is a graphic designer and artist with a B.F.A. in Visual Communication from Ball State University. She has a passion for working with her hands. Whether she is painting, sculpting, or gluing sticks together, she will find a way to make something out of nothing.

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Gruninger’s ideas are driven by the challenge to combine concept with function, and she enjoys being able to speak to a large population through the filter of her own experience. She believes beauty can be found everywhere, from a rusty nail to a pile of rocks, and both art and design allow her to take the mundane and make it meaningful.

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ANAMORPHIC 3D GRAFFITI BY SERGIO ODEITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sergio Odeith is a Portuguese painter and muralist currently based in Lisbon. He is best known as one of the pioneers of anamorphic 3D graffiti, which create the illusion of spatial depth. All of his artworks are extremely detailed and realistic, almost photographic in their unbelievable precision. His style is also considered obscure and it is called sombre 3D, meaning dark three-dimensional style.

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SHARP GEOMETRICS BY ADAM CRAWFORD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Adam Crawford is a Philadelphia based artist. He is a graduate of both Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and UPENN. Crawford’s paintings are a mix of sharp, vibrant geometric forms and grotesque beasts, appearing in both shared spaces and separate studies, using acrylics, spraypaint, and an array of surfaces for his works.

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