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Cubist-Inspired Paper Cutouts Are Effortlessly Cut From a Single Sheet of Paper

Cubist-Inspired Paper Cutouts Are Effortlessly Cut From a Single Sheet of Paper by Jose Antonio Roda

Barcelona based illustrator José Antonio Roda transforms paper into cutouts that look like Cubist inspired line drawings. His hand cut portraits have a Picasso-esque familiarity like one of his famous sketches, with wonderful use of positive and negative shapes. Each illustration is produced from a single sheet of paper, where his careful incisions have an effortless feel to them. Some have even been juxtaposed against bright circles or rectangles in the background, making for a seamless color block. Shape and design are a huge part of cut paper illustration, and a rather evident appeal throughout José’s work where he shows clear dedication to detail and his craft.

‘Lethe’ Mixed Media Collages by Sylwia Kowalczyk

‘Lethe’ Mixed Media Collages by Sylwia Kowalczyk

Sylwia Kowalczyk is a Polish artist currently based in Edinburg, Scotland who has created a collection of collages and portraits from her own archival images entitled ‘Lethe’. Each print within these compositions has been carefully juxtaposed, revealing new and surreal forms touching on the theme of memories.

The Many Faces of Michael Jackson, a Tribute in Paper by Belinda Rodriguez

The Many Faces of Michael Jackson, a Tribute in Paper by Belinda Rodriguez - Billie Jean

I still can't believe that Michael Jackson, one of my all time favorite musicians and dancers no less, has left this world. I remember trying to learn all of his dance moves in my mirror back in the day or even watching Moonwalker over and over again to the point of knowing all of the words, classic! He will always be timeless to many people across the world and continue to inspire us within our hearts. There were many tributes since then, but of course it wouldn't be right not to do a small tribute to Michael Jackson on here as well, and of course in paper.

That brings me to the stunning work of Belinda Rodriguez, a freelance designer, illustrator, and paper artist, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I particularly love her style and how she is able to capture the features of her subjects in her paper portraits using specifically cut pieces to accentuate the facial features like cheekbones or hair and then layering them to add depth and cast certain shadows. She has done a set of four paper relief portraits of Michael Jackson in very familiar outfits, like Michael in his papercraft glitter outfit and wearing the infamous sparkling glove for Billie Jean, or his outfit for the Super Bowl, adorned in metallic gold and matte black paper.

Artist Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of Art

Christian Tagliavini Transforms Deck of Playing Cards into Life Sized Works of Art

Talented Swiss photographer Christian Tagliavini loves cultivating stories with open endings of unexplored themes or unusual concepts, as we have seen previously. Through Tagliavini's background he is able to invent, create and produce images that blend fine arts and craftsmanship. This exciting collision of circumstances resulted the transformation of an ordinary deck of cards into these life-sized works of art, where he takes on the role of fashion designer and photographer by constructing these unique pieces from paper and cardboard.

Thousands of Paper Strips Delicately Placed to Create Stunning Portraits

Thousands of Paper Strips Delicately Placed to Create Stunning Portraits by Nathalie Boutté - Plenty Buffalo

French artist Nathalie Boutté is self-taught collage artist who creates absolutely stunning portraits, seen previously, comprised of thousands of meticulously placed strips of Japanese paper. She cuts long narrow strips of translucent paper that she patiently assembles, one by one creating a feathered effect which constantly evolves. These strips of paper are sometimes burned, like in the collage featured above or covered in letters to form the striking details in the features of her subjects.

Geometric Cut Paper Pattern Collages by Elise Wehle

Elise Wehle Geometric Cut Pattern Paper Collages - LIke a Fire is Burning

California native Elise Wehle studied art at Brigham Young University in Utah, but found her calling and understood the type of art she wanted to create after living in Spain for a year. Surrounded by the patterns that cover Andalucía, Wehle began using similar patterns within her own collages. Yet, it was the Alhambra, a Moorish palace covered in intricate, hand carved patterns, that influenced Wehle the most. These hand-cut paper designs are comprised of layers of an assemblage of mixed media, transforming the images into distressed and textured compositions. She states, "It's not surprising then that after I saw my first cut paper artwork, a beautiful piece by Donna Ruff, I knew I needed this process in my creative life. It represented that human presence, imperfect but dedicated, that I admired so much in others' work. I started experimenting with cutting paper soon afterward." The moodiness of each person is captured with each defining slice, as if windows to each subjects soul.

New Portraits Made From Hundreds of Punched Paint Chips

New Portraits Made From Hundreds of Punched Paint Chips - Liz Claiborne

I will be attending the art fairs in Miami Beach this year and I'm super excited to share some of the talented artists that will be exhibiting there. One in particular that I have written about previously is Peter Combe, San Francisco based artist whose fascination with the subtle shifts of light, color and movement in his art, creates three dimensional portraits comprised of thousands of household paint swatches that have been punched or shredded. Drawing from a spectrum of 1,100 colors, he works tonally–each color of the single colors are placed based on tone rather than hue, providing an almost pointillist finish. Depending on the vantage point of the viewer, they subtly transform, an effect that is difficult to imagine whilst not being present before the work. So, for your viewing pleasure, his work will be on display for Art Miami at the Andrea Schwartz Gallery, originally based in San Francisco, from Nov 29th - Dec 4th and for Robert Fontaine Gallery, Booth 112 at CONTEXT Art Fair Nov 29 - Dec 4.

New Portraits Made From Hundreds of Punched Paint Chips seen first on on Strictlypaper

Cosmic Surgery: Origami Portraits by Alma Haser

Cosmic Surgery: Origami Portraits by Alma Haser

London based, German photographer Alma Haser has an all too familiar portrait series entitled Cosmic Surgery, which we saw a glimpse of previously. This collection includes newer portraits specifically for PULSE Miami Beach. Her works have a process made up of three distinct stages. Firstly Alma photographs her sitter, then prints multiple images of the subjects face and folds them into a complicated origami modular construction, which then gets placed back onto the original face of the portrait. Finally the whole piece is re-photographed.

Her works will be on display during PULSE Miami Beach at the De Soto Gallery, Booth N-302 through December 31, 2016, so be sure to check it out and maybe I will see you there! You can also grab her new pop-up book featuring this series, which has some really nice origami pop-ups toward the back, as you can see in the video below.

Cosmic Surgery: Origami Portraits by Alma Haser seen first on on Strictlypaper

Misunderstanding Focus: Stacked Cut Paper Collages from Photographs by Nerhol

Misunderstanding Focus: Stacked Cut Paper Collages from Photographs by Nerhol

In the original series captured by the collaborative team Nerhol, we were only able to see a glimpse of some of the 27 portraits that created over a span of a 3 minute time lapse of immobility. Here is a more extended version capturing the movement of each collaged portrait through the topographical layering and carving of the many photographs taken during this short interval. The stacking of each image after they have been cut, generates an effect where the image appears to be distorted and blurred. The resulting portrait series is a tribute to mortality rather than vanity - a gentle reminder that our bodies keep changing every second of every day!

Artist Hand-Carves Complex Photorealistic Portraits Out of Paper

Artist Hand-Carves Complex Photorealistic Portraits Out of Paper - Marilyn Monroe

Using only an X-acto knife and tweezer, Korean artist Yoo Hyun hand carves intricate cut paper portraits featuring some of the worlds most popular icons. Up close each portrait appears abstract, but from afar you can see his immense attention to detail in these photo-realistic depictions of his subjects. By incorporating a zig-zag pattern into his illustrations, each line is specially cut to build a three dimensional-looking form. This collection features Michael Jackson, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jordon, Kate Moss, Beyoncé and Frida Kahlo.