Cinta Vidal’s murals defying gravity

Cinta Vidal’s murals defying gravity

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

We talked about Cinta Vidal a few years ago, focusing on her illustrations reminiscent of Escher’s paintings, where perspective is completely nullified. Today we’re back to talking about her because over the years Cinta has moved from paper to the walls of the city dedicating herself to street art, but without ever abandoning illustration and painting.

So some walls of the main cities of the world, from Los Angeles to Barcelona, up to Hong Kong, have been covered with floating objects, murals without perspective, but not without meaning. 

In fact, each artwork follows a theme, some present an agglomeration of buildings, others of books, furniture, mattresses, streets and so on. Through this orderly chaos, Cinta offers the viewer her own personal vision of the world, giving back, in a certain sense, freedom to objects that losing their function can be everything, even decorative elements. 

Moreover, the neutral backdrops create a sort of optical illusion, making passers-by believe that objects are literally falling on them, that they are coming off the wall and ready to land on the sidewalk. 

Discover a selection of Cinta Vidal’s murals in our freeze and to find out more go to her Instagram profile

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Diya Sengupta and the illustrations on female intimacy

Diya Sengupta and the illustrations on female intimacy

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

Diya Sengupta, on Instagram the_vagabond_artist, is an illustrator originally from India, in particular, Bombay. Having grown up in a very closed-minded environment where the only sector considered to advance socially is engineering, Diya was lucky enough to grow up in a very open family that allowed her to develop this great passion since she was a child. After studying graphic design at university, she began to dedicate herself full-time to the world of illustration.

Although she has not yet found her own aesthetic, her art is constantly evolving. Her works are considered by her as poetry and their interpretation is rather subjective.

Diya Sengupta publishes her work mainly on social media because she considers it a great way to convey it and at the same time to find inspiration. Through her works, the Indian artist wants to convey to the viewer a part of her, the more private part of her, and connect it with the works. Her dream is to create a series of illustrated books working with famous artists in the field.

Her illustrations tell mainly about the female world and all the intimacy within it. She tells everyday scenes of any woman’s life, from the moment she wakes up to the end of the day. The colors used to follow different color palettes, depending on the project. In fact, some of these works follow a very bright list of colors, with a strong preference for strong contrasts and purple, while other projects are more likely to reality as if they were paintings of what Diya sees.

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Turtle Journey, the critical sea turtle situation

Turtle Journey, the critical sea turtle situation

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

It’s called Turtle Journey: the crisis in our oceans, the Greenpeace UK campaign created in collaboration with Aardman Animations, the animation studio that produces cartoons such as Wallace & Gormits and Chicken Run

In the animated short we follow a family of turtles driving home after a dinner with friends. At first everything seems quiet, it seems like a classic road trip with the little ones in the back fighting and the mother trying to distract them with a game to play together. But then the situation changes, the ground begins to shake and in the distance a drill breaks the seabed, from which oil starts spilling. 

Once they get home it seems like the worst is over, but instead… 

Below the Turtle Journey video published on Greenpeace UK’s YouTube channel, you can follow the link that allows you to sign a petition that aims to create a network of safe sites to protect sea turtles that, more than any other species, risk extinction. 

Several actors have participated in this project and have lent their voices to characters such as Oscar winners Olivia Coleman and Helen Mirren, David Harbour aka Jim Hopper from Stranger Things, alongside Bella Ramsey or Lyanna Mormont from Game of Thrones, Jim Carter or the butler Carson from Downton Abbey and the comedian Ahir Shah.

Watch Turtle Journey: the crisis in our oceans down here! 

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@milkformycoconut, digital art and master of oil painting

@milkformycoconut, digital art and master of oil painting

Collater.al Contributors · 4 weeks ago · Art

@milkformycoconut is the name of the Ig account of Mateja Petkovic, pioneer of digital art and master of oil painting on canvas. Originally from Serbia, he now lives and works in Munich, a city from which all his works come to life and emigrate online to all parts of the world. 

Digital art, born in the 50s, is now extremely widespread among many artists thanks to the progress of technologies that immediately recreate more complex painting techniques.

Also for this reason Coconut, although he continues to make oil paintings, over the years has defined his style with extremely distinctive and unique features.

The color has an evocative and emotional value for him, extremely important because thanks to tonalism technique, he’s alble to obtain effects of light, shadows, depth and give his works an extremely subversive tone.

He deals openly with issues related to sexuality and almost to the limit of pornography, others also deal with extremely topical issues such as drug addiction and abuse. In each of his works we find the most degraded aspect of everyday life but he reserves for his subjects sweetness and innocence, expressed almost exclusively in the portraits.

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Levenslicht, the monument to remember Holocaust  victims

Levenslicht, the monument to remember Holocaust victims

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Art

104,000 luminescent stones to remember 104,000 victims. This is the idea behind Levenslicht, the latest installation designed and realized by studio Roosegaarde, a real monument in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in Holland. 

Made visible to the public only a few days ago in Rotterdam, Levenslicht’s presentation falls in the year of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and with it the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, a symbol of the holocaust, anti-Semitism, and deprivation of freedom. 

In Holland, there were, in fact, 104 thousand people, including Jews, Roma, and Sinti, who were deported and lost their lives in a concentration camp and to pay homage to each of them, the creatives of the Roosegaarde studio thought of a work composed of as many stones made in a laboratory with fluorescent pigments that are illuminated by ultraviolet light. Every few seconds, therefore, the stones radiate a strong blue light and then turn off a few moments later, thus continuing indefinitely, both day and night. 

The choice to use stones comes from the Jewish tradition of placing a stone on the toma of the deceased and not the classic flowers. 

Levenslicht will remain in Rotterdam until January 22nd, after which it will be moved to 170 municipalities in the Netherlands. 

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