Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dissection Of Microbotics

From spiders, insects, and mechanical hands and heads, these jaw dropping sculptures have blown me away. The anatomy looks precise and the work projects a sense of realism with a stylized and compelling vision. For the passion of biomechanics, anatomy, and robotics, Christopher Conte began working in the prosthetics field making artificial limbs for amputees for 16 years as a Certified Prosthetist. He left the field to become a full-time artist as a Biomechanical Sculptor.

Christopher Conte's statement to Monzuki, "I usually have a solid image in my head and set out to find (or make) the parts required to capture the aesthetics I'm looking for. On average, my pieces take several weeks to a month to create although some larger pieces have taken several months."

Upon Christopher's first exhibition at the Last Rites Gallery, one of his sculptures was inducted to display at the National Museum in Washington, DC. His work has appeared on The Discovery Channel, Discover Magazine, Wired Magazine, MTV Networks and Popular Science Magazine.

Christopher Conte graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is currently living in New York. On average, his pieces sell in the $3,000-$5,000 range.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Japan, Vintage, Victorian

Graduated from Art Center College of Design with honors, Alex Gross is an amazing visual artist with compelling themes. His illustration style is heavily influenced by the Japanese culture during his first vacation to Japan. With an admiration of the Japanese culture, movie posters, medicine packaging and commercial art history, Alex was inspired to incorporate these imagery to his paintings. The featured collection of his work are mainly oil on large canvas, but he also creates smaller pieces through mixed media.

You could purchase a beautiful limited edition of The Art of Alex Gross through his website, a monograph released by Chronicle Books. He is currently working on his solo exhibition at Jonathan Levine Gallery opening on September 11, 2010, as well as working on his second book which contains all of his work from the last four years.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Hélder Costa states, "I want people to look at my work and see a story." Personally, I like the symmetrical designs of these wonderful work of art from Hélder which reminds me of the Rorschach inkblot test. Below the surface of these images, is a story fabricated in my own mind.

Hélder studied advertising and multimedia, and he is currently working as a freelance designer. He specializes in graphic design for the music industry for record labels and music promoters. He states, "My inspirations come from everywhere, from designs, from illustrations, from movies, from music, from people, from dreams..." He explains to Monzuki his process by experimenting and letting his intuition do the rest. Hélder Costa is from the city of Porto, Portugal.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Daydreams To Sketches

Welding his images together with photography, 3D images, and painting, Jericó Santander is an artist from the Canary Island, Spain, who find inspiration from Mars-1, Josh Keyes, Alex Trochut and Microbot. Jericó gives credit to his grade school teacher who encourages him to draw rather than giving a grammatical lesson, as well as his cousin who introduced him to Flash and Photoshop. Jericó Santander claims to have ideas he dreamed up prior to beginning the process and other times ideas evolve during the sculpting process. He mainly uses Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, and his own illustration skills in his artwork.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Solitary Stillness

Having an interest in photography at a young age, Michel Rajkovic is a French photographer who created these amazing black & white, long exposure photos of waterscape. He won first prize Fine Art in PX3, "Prix de la Photographie Paris". Michel uses Canon 5D, printed on Epson Pro 9800 with Ultrachrome K3 pigment ink on Photo Rag 308 by Hahnemühle for his exhibitions.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Anthropomorphic Animal

Finding inspirations from vintage illustrators, like Charles Harper, Mary Blair, and Golden Books, Áron Nagy created these fun and creative illustrations. Áron states, "I usually have a character in mind... It's some kind of anthropomorphic animal in an unusual situation."

Áron Nagy begins his process in a vector based software and finalizes on a pixel based software to enhance colors and textures. He is from Budapest, Hungary, and he studied at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts majoring in Communication Design.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

En La Calle

Timing and talent is an amazing gift that brings a smile and joy to all. Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes captured the perfect spontaneous scenario which won him numerous awards for his photography. In this series titled, "Street" aka "En La Calle" is a collection of unprepared scenes of streets, beaches, transportation and urban environment around the world. In 2009, he has been awarded both Epson Digital Photography Awards in Spain and the Caja España Color Photography Award.

Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes studied at the School of Arte Pancho Lasso, in Lanzarote, a Spanish island at the Canary Island. Most days, you will find Alvaro with his camera in Barcelona, Spain.