The Surreal Photography of Arimbi Alessandra



When 14 year olds start shooting photographs like this, it reassures me that the future of photography is in good hands. Arimbi Alessandra modestly calls herself an “aspiring photographer,” but it’s clear that she is a genuine talent. With her keen eye for color and composition, as well as a great ability to create images that seem to be moving, this Indonesian teenager is bound to go places in the coming years.

Link to Arimbi Alessandra’s Tumblr.

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Mario Soria’s Incredible Paintings




Barcelona-born artist Mario Soria is something of a genius, an autodidactic who taught himself by observing and studying the works of Velazquez, Bosch, Rembrandt and Leonardo Da Vinci. His paintings and artworks are a surprisingly heady and potent mix of American pop art, European surrealism, and traditional art.

A lot of Mario’s works feature celebrity/cultural icons, who have been placed in settings that may seem incongruous to the eye of the casual observer, but reveal much more about the subject on deeper introspection.

Mario, on his paintings:

I develop a central idea and it starts to grow while I paint on it. I let the painting “talk” to me and then more ideas come during its process. My paintings are thought to be seeing from regular distance and closer distance where people can “read” two different paintings in one, I mean, from regular distance people could see a still life, but from a closer distance can observed little characters telling their own story making of still life elements their scenery. I like to play with canvas laterals, I put legos, smashed soda cans, colour pencils, or just paint on them. I am always working, I paint everyday, from Monday to Sunday, day and night, usually in two or more paintings at the same time.


Currently, Mario is close to finishing an actual size reproduction of “Las Meninas,” the famous painting by Diego Velázquez. Mario says that he has been working on the painting since 2006, and adds that it will carry his own personal touch.

Link to Mario Soria’s site.

Please check out a few select paintings from his portfolio, after the jump.


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Claudio Parentela’s Pop Art Collages and Paintings

A man of many talents, Italian artist Claudio Parentela has been an active member of the international underground art scene for many years now. His mixed-media collages and paintings will firmly grab your attention, disorienting you with their raw, frenetic edginess and energy.


Claudio’s huge body of work has been featured in numerous magazines and art galleries. He lives and works from Catanzaro, Italy.

Link to Claudio Parentala’s site (NSFW, and filled with animated gifs).

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Fernando Villalvazo’s Surreal Paintings and Sculptures


Mexico-based artist Fernando Villalvazo is the creator of these surrealist paintings and sculptures, whose twisted fairytale-like subjects live in a nightmarish, dystopian world.

Villalvazo’s art, which he says has been strongly influenced by patterns in music and design, has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in various countries across the globe.

Visit his site to learn more about him and his art.

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Ian Langohr’s Surreal Masks


Artist Ian Langohr’s wonderfully surreal masks were fabricated with techniques that he learned while working at a mascot production company.

The masks produce a narrative upon investigation of both their bodily and animal components. Ian’s masks tell stories that contrast themes of melancholy and anxiety with that of absurdity and humour. Conflicts are presented within the masks through the manipulation of scale. These are meant to be allegorical, often reflecting issues of domesticity and personal identity. 

Ian’s carvings and weird machines also seem to share the same surrealist philosophy and aesthetic. He undertakes commissions, which I know will certainly be interesting news to some of you.

Ian is a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and is currently based in Montreal, Canada.

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