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This is where it gets interesting.

Quirks are the pièce de résistance of your personality. Art, internet and weirdness fit together like a stained glass window, they create a colorful, more complete picture of our generation. It’s the imperfections, the paradoxical and the unquantifiable moments that makes up the essence of life. In these artworks, the dark humor, extraordinary scenarios and offbeat characters give life levity. There’s inherent weirdness in all of us and we think it’s a great resource. Art celebrates the weirdest, most unique qualities in ourselves and in others.

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The true purpose of fantasy.

Francisco Goya’s The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters is one of the most spectacular prints from the birth of the modern world. It belongs to a series of works sharply critiquing the ills of Spanish society at the start of the Enlightenment. As with its historical counterparts, today’s fantastic art is allegorical, rooted in everyday life, united with reason and injected with comic byplay. Taking a step away from reality, art helps prepare us to tackle harsh and complex situations with a clearer perspective.

Art and fantasy are also the cornerstones of creativity. The imaginary came naturally to us as children, it was a way for us to fill in the gaps to understand the world. As adults we learn to self edit, we become embarrassed and sensitive to the opinions of our peers, we start to hide our wild ideas. Having fantastic artworks in the workplace is the foundation for building an environment where creative risks are welcome. Whether you’re starting a company or enhancing your work space, it’s another way to say: Just go for it!

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Drawing “Togetherness”: Art by Eleonora Arosio from Italy

Eleonora Arosio creates uplifting and heartfelt artworks about the importance of playfulness, connections and togetherness. Her work focuses on the ironic and spontaneous everyday facets of life from a woman’s point of view. We love the summer-themed nude figures — their quirky imperfections are endearing and charming. Her drawings are positive reminders of how unity attunes us to each other, how peers make all the difference and how trusting others makes us suffer less. Her art makes us aware that we’re all part of this humanity together.

Eleonora Arosio is a young artist and illustrator based in Italy, but hopes to have many bases around the world. She recently graduated from NABA Academy in Milan. In the past year she’s been featured on websites such as It’s Nice That and iGnant, won a competition for Airbnb and collaborated with magazines like Nurant and Frrresh.

Isn’t everyone a part of everyone else?

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What animates you?

We all get cranky, worried and depleted from the unconscious competitions of daily life…but we don’t have to dwell on it! Being in the presence of art instantly perks you up. We feel uplifted in the presence of beautiful, cerebral, human things. Art reminds us to be more resilient, humble, compassionate. Browse art that’s quirky and high spirited to restore and re-energize. Art connects us intellectually and even more importantly, intuitively.

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Quirkiness in the everyday: Max Grunfeld from Hamburg

Max Grunfeld is a young Dutch artist from Amsterdam who is now based in Hamburg. We love her sense of humor, touching on everyday life. Her illustrations have a quirky, strange and daydreamy charm, but at the same time they are someways wise and profound. We’re fascinated by her wonderful sense of naïveté, as though she see the world through the analytical lens of a precocious child. Using an amusing mix of techniques like hatching, delicate lines and bold color blocking. She creates delightful and poetic little scenarios inspired by the conversations, funny circumstance and the extraordinary in the everyday.

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