Posts in Category: figurative

Daniela Gallego’s Intimate Illustrations

Colombia-born illustrator Daniela Gallego crafts intimate, whimsical illustrations that move between the fantastic and the deeply human. She has created pieces for children's books and commercial clients while crafting her own gallery work. For effect, the artist often uses reflections and shadows to add a wondrous quality to her images.

Amanda Greive’s Oil Paintings Confront Gender, Art History

Amanda Greive's oil paintings contain both conversations about gender and the history of art itself. Using feminine iconography and abstraction, she injects intrigue into her realistic works while maintaining a consistent elegance and absorbing quality.

Amanda Greive’s Oil Paintings Confront Gender, Art History

Amanda Greive's oil paintings contain both conversations about gender and the history of art itself. Using feminine iconography and abstraction, she injects intrigue into her realistic works while maintaining a consistent elegance and absorbing quality.

Cristina Córdova’s Stirring Ceramic Sculptures

Cristina Córdova’s stirring ceramic sculptures explore the iconography of differing cultures and social ideas while tethering all of humankind. At varying scales, these pieces are striking in their confrontations with the viewers, recalling both the familiar and a broad spirituality in their execution. Each of the figurative pieces contain multiple explorations, the artist says.

Sanam Khatibi’s Gender Dialogues Blend Historical Approaches

Iran-born, Brussels-based artist Sanam Khatibi crafts oil and pencil works that continue a Renaissance-era visual dialogue, yet exploring gender dynamics and dominance through her singular voice. Her figures are described as “ambiguous with their relationship to power, violence, sensuality and each other.”

Firelei Baez’s Stirring, New Meditations on Femininity

Firelei Baez blends an array of techniques and materials to explore culture and femininity. Often using the figurative form as a base, she subverts the viewers’ expectations by implementing several textures, patterns, and materials. The artist says that her massive, meticulously crafted works on paper are "intrinsically indebted to a rigorous studio practice." Baez was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Sculptural Explorations of Race, Class

Yinka Shonibare MBE blends fiberglass figures, Dutch wax-printed cotton fabric, metal, handpainted globes, and more to craft sculptures that explore race, economics, and other social issues. The artist’s mixing of textures, materials, and cultural iconography offers complexity past an initial scan. He was last featured on HiFructose.com.

Nadeem Chughati’s Nowhere Man Dwells Inside the Everyday

The round, yet otherwise nondescript characters in Nadeem Chughati’s paintings and drawings feel the universal burdens and curiosities of any person. Whether he places them against lush landscapes or desolate, monochromatic backdrops, the vagueness of his figures remain. This changes the typical point of entry for figurative works. “I feel that people are very similar in many ways, so expressing my feelings can often strike a chord with those who relate to the situations that I put my characters in," the artist said, in a past statement.