Ben Schonzeit better serve the hors d’oeuvre away from his work, or there will be holes in his canvas. Ben specializes in realistic paintings of food. Fruit, vegetables, desserts – he’s got a delicious array of them on canvas. He was born in the middle of the second World War in Brooklyn where he still lives and works today. He numerous one-man shows have been extensively lauded by critics.
Glen Preeceis a UK-based artist whose illustrations are impressive not just because of their theme (although the theme is a big factor), but also because of the quality of the rendering. With the skulls, sultry expressions, and the vivid hints of blood, the concept behind his work may be little too dark for some tastes. But as tattoos, they absolutely rock!
Emanuele Ronco is a graphic artist who also goes by the name Rems 182. His work, which mimics numeric photography, shows the face of the subject through the hand which supposedly hides them. For him, the creative act is a ‘necessary and profound form of auto-analysis’ which he cannot do without. His subjects include, among others: a pope, a couple of dictators, a Russian president, several prominent politicians, and a celebrity or two.
People with vertigo or fear of heights shouldn’t go to Regina Silveira’s art exhibitions. Optical illusions like this aren’t easy to make. Even with a concept in mind, you have to have the right perspective. Regina’s work carefully tweaks with our perceptions of depth, height, and distance. This extraordinary artist lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
Igor Morski is a Polish illustrator and graphic designer whose surreal work is as thought evoking as they are beautifully rendered. Anyone wishing to glance at his work will find themselves staring. It’s the kind of art that would make a casual observer do a double-take. His work includes, among other fantastic things: a naked, balding, man leaking water from the holes drilled in his body, another one bearing a tied-up giant fly on his back, and a mother and child cat-people.
Nicholas Scarpinato is a young, up-and-coming photographer from Richmond, USA. His work walks the fine, and sometimes blurred, line between fantasy, fiction, and illusion. Yes, they are absolutely digitally altered, but that’s nothing new in this digital age. What makes his work stand out from the rest is the perceived texture of the shots. They have the feel of a classic painting. The concepts behind each one is not too common either.
Fabian Oefneris something of an anomaly. He has managed to combine art with science, and make the result look spectacular. All of his work demonstrates a sound scientific principle behind it. His subjects include: bursting soap bubbles, colored salt, bursting balloons, and ferrofluids. All of them expertly captured using high speed flash photography, long exposures, and other photographic tricks. Fabian conducts his experiments in his small studio near Zurich.
Capturing a great shot is enough for most photographers, but Edward Horsford ups the ante by making his own sound trigger. His series of photos featuring bursting balloons was taken using his trusty SLR camera, strobe lights, a rusty stick (for popping the balloons), and a sound trigger he made himself. He studied industrial design and works for Onzo, an energy company. He may categorize himself as a hobbyist, but his work would put most professionals to shame.
Ling Jian was born in the Shandong Province of China in 1963. He graduated from the Qinghua University Art College and has exhibited his work in Germany, Bangkok, Amsterdam, and Italy. the subjects of his paintings are mostly women, and the longer you look at them, the more disturbing they get. Ling tweaks the symmetry and proportion just enough to make the viewer realize that something is off about these women, but not allowing the viewer to figure out what.
Bernhard Edmaier is a German photographer, geologist, and author. A strange enough combination, but it works.Some of the stunning photos he’s taken look like they weren’t even taken on earth. When asked about his work, he responds: “I keep moving between two worlds: the world of science in the most general sense of the word and that of art … this constant oscillation between documentary and detached, abstract photography is the most exciting factor rendering inspiration to my work.”