Psychological, physiological, provocative and I think quite brilliant.
Originally from California, Mateo moved to Berlin in 2003. His artwork usually incorporates old materials that he finds on the street or at local flea-markets in Germany. Upon these box lids, munitions crates, tobacco tins, and street signs, he creates a world that seems to emerge from another time, or perhaps another dimension. His lovable monsters reflect ourselves back at us. Some display curiosity with a tinge of unease, while others have seemingly been caught unawares whilst having an everyday moment. Just about every image seems to tell a story and invites the viewer to imagine what might occur next.
Video of Mateo painting:
I love the way he exaggerate proportions and emphasise volume and movement. The 1900 to 1950′s figures crowd the frame and overlap each other in angular or swirling composition. He says he is often called on to depict scenes of sexual tension or implied violence. To which he added that it did not matter if the subject is serious or pure kitsch, his work is always about human interaction and isolation. I hope you enjoy his work. :)
Born and raised in Seattle/Washington, Stacey tells stories of an early culture, where she explores the relationship between nature and animals. Her brightly coloured and ethnically textured characters give the viewer a sense of nostalgia, seem slightly frightening hidden behind their masks and at the same time appear familiar and inviting. Stacey draws inspiration from cultures all around the world. I love how she portrays her findings in such a fresh and beautiful manner. Have a look at her blog for more folk art.
Quote from the artist: “I began to experiment with fabric and embroidery, and my technique evolves from the figurative pictorial concept to the sewn finish, drawing on the topics full of irony, tortuous relationships, crime and scornful feminine revenge. Since then, my artwork, as well as my graphic design illustrations have been based on this stylistic pattern.” Paula’s Website
I really love the tactile feeling of these sewn illustrations. Note that there are the full pieces and to each piece there is one relating zoomed image which you need to have a look at if you want to get a feeling for her work.