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“So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.” — Guy Laramee
With the use of something as simple as a phonebook, Alex Queral carves faces into them giving an astounding realism and making each face pop off the page and come to life. Alex Queral was born in Havana, Cuba, but currently is Philadelphia-based artist. It’s almost impossible to fathom the amount of work that is placed into carving something so detailed. By using the phonebook, a very sharp X-ACTO® knife, a little pot of acrylic medium to set detail areas and a great deal of talent, Queral literally peels away the pages to reveal the portrait within….