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Who’s your Best Friend?

Friendship is the hardest thing to explain, it can only be demonstrated by moments. Eleonora Arosio illustrates the enjoyable silence that bonds good friends. We have forgotten that we belong to each other, art reminds us of kinship, isn’t everyone a part of everyone else? Art takes us back to the last day of school, that afternoon by the ocean, one night of a thousand memories. Friends are part of the glue that holds life together. Art about friendship testifies the opposite of loneliness.

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Turn up the dial on happy and crazy: Alba Blázquez from Madrid

Imagination is the highest form of research! Alba Blázquez is a young artist, illustrator with a potent and magnetic imagination. Her playful imagery is rooted in satire and social comedy, sounding off the turmoils of city life: the humor, bewilderment and sometimes ridiculousness of urban lifestyles. Real life contains its inevitable lousy bits, but the only way through the heartaches, tribulations and loneliness is to endure it with an upbeat tone (and pizza). Her work is invigorating, high-powered and infectiously happy! We love the constant galactic imagery, it brings to our attention that no matter how dark, the galaxy outshines our problems on Earth.

Alba started her career as a photographer but quickly discovered that illustration is a quicker and surefire way of documenting the curious and bustling happenings in her mind.

What a fantastic, wild and curious imagination! The world belongs to the energetic. Turn the dial up on happy and crazy!

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Wise, amusing and delightfully eccentric: Sasha Baranovskya from Russia.

Sasha Baranovskaya makes charming, amusing and sensible images about our generation. Her work is odd, whimsical and delightfully eccentric. They’re rooted in the absurdity of daily life with incisive observations: from ailing demons roaming the neighborhood, to the proverbial corporate ladder. In Fashionists she takes a witty crack at our obsession with appearance. Pink Planet is an inter-dimensional space exploration adventure…fantastic! We’re super excited to see comics as a mature art form, booming in popularity and geared towards an intellectual, fun-loving audience.

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Delightful monster encyclopedia: Vladimir Stankovic from Denmark

Vladimir Stankovic mixes science and nature with grim fairy tales, monsters and intense, delightfully mysterious creatures. His drawings alternate between fantasy and reality in the most bewildering way. The enlarged studies of wild, bizarre creatures (the narwhal is our favorite!) and peculiar flora show the mind of a dreamy book nerd excited to catalog our world. We love the vintage aesthetic and how they’re finished with a warm hue and calm vibe. Some of the creatures have a slightly frightening streak but they’re dotted with whimsical, magical properties to awaken your brain cells and take you to places you’ve never been before!
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Crazy, cock-eyed and extremely strange

Some of us are born weird, some achieve it, others have weirdness thrust upon them. When we find someone with the same weirdness as ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness. #oddandawesome is one of our most popular categories. We seek out weird art and strange tales because they compress life’s complexities and helps us make sense of the world. Weirdness makes a statement — wonderful and encouraging — a propaganda for the spice of strangeness that deepens the flavor of life. People who do not allow themselves to be weird are, well, they’re missing out! (more…)

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Mischievous humor, condensed stories: Rory Midhani from Berlin

Rory Midhani tells stories with wickedly fun, dramatic plots condensed in a single page. Some of his stories are coquettish and flirty while others are more reminiscent of black comedy. We love how his images are polycausal, with dozens of narratives all crammed into one single illustration! At first his images seem soft and easy on the eye but a closer look reveals all sorts of vices, naughty details and the occasional disquieting scenes (use the zoom in tool on the details!). There’s sex, vandalism, school kids hanging themselves and pedophilia…all done with a satirical and humorous voice. His work also touches on important issues like sexuality and urban life, told through the eye of an intellectually curious social observer, critical yet making fun of ourselves.
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Magic realism, art about the otherworldly

Innovations in digital technology has completely broadened our imaginations for futuristic worlds, dreamy surroundings and alternative realities. However extraordinary and unexplainable, these worlds of “magic realism” are conceived from real life, through engagement with present day urban issues such as population growth, the desire for touch in a less tangible world and alienation from our governments. The artists who transport us to dramatic new worlds help expand our visions, they have us questioning our current environment, at the same time thinking about our future and the epic human quest to be become masters of our world.

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