Matteo Pugliese

Italian born artist Matteo Pugliese created these stunning sculptures. Titled Extra Moenia, the series has run through several variations since 1998. Extra Moenia means is a Latin phrase that means outside the walls or outside the walls of the city.

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Takanori Aiba

Japanese artist Takanori Aiba has a varied background in his career, working as a maze illustrator and later on, an architect. Now merging these two crafts, he creates delicate and intricate micro spaces. Calling on his skill and attention to detail as an architect, the result is elaborate three dimensional worlds reminiscent of a set from a fantasy movie.

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Meredith Dittmar

Portland based artist Meredith Dittmar works primarily with polymer clay and wire to create intricate sculpted 3D scenes, depicting often otherworldly landscapes.

Dittmar’s choice of material complements the strange fantastical theme of her work with subtle, delicate tones from the soft application of the clay.

Dittmar’s work extends far beyond her fine art sculptures, where she has seen a successful career mount, with recent projects for Convers, Freya Lingerie and FiftyFiveDSL.

View Dittmar’s website for more examples of her work.

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Riusuke Fukahori

Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori muse is his pet goldfish, which has become the integral theme for his work. Sounds strange I know, but stick with me. On first coming across Fukahori’s work, I assumed his ultra realistic pieces were real, and therefore deeply cruel. Having skimmed the article I realised I was mistaken. Fukahori paints incredibly realistic three-dimensional goldfish using acrylic paint layered over clear resin. The time-consuming technique gives his work incredible depth and realism. Cast in a variety of containers, from large sushi pots, to small bowls and even traditional fairground bags, Riusuke’s goldfish look so shockingly real it’s hard to believe they started out as abstract colour stains.

Fukahori debuted his work in London in January 2012. For those unable to attend, photographer Dominic Alves captured the exhibition. Although you can see the quality of the work through the images below, please take the time to watch the video, which gives an incredible insight into the painstaking technique developed by Fukahori.

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Photo’s by Dominic Alves

Kris Kuksi

Growing up in Kansas, Kris Kuksi spent his youth in rural seclusion with his working mother, two older brothers, and an absent father. Kuksi has developed an intricate, meticulous technique synonymous with the great renaissance artists.

Each sculpture embodies the trademarks of his philosophy and practice, while serving as a testament to the multifaceted nature of perception – From timeless iconic references of Gods and Goddess, to challenging ideas of organized religion and morality, to the struggle to understand, and bend, the limits of mortality.

His work has received several awards and has been featured in many exhibitions and publications worldwide. Visit his website to view the full range of his work, which includes painting and drawing.

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Slinkachu

Slinkachu is as a London-based artist who creates miniature street-based installations and then photographs them.

In contrast to the political works of many artists such as Shepard Fairey and Banksy, Slinkachu’s approach to street art is more subtle. You could easily walk right past one of Slinkachu’s installations and not know it’s there. After Slinkachu has photographed his work, he leaves the installations behind for interaction from the surrounding environment, whether it be found, destroyed or disregarded.

You can view more of his work on his website.

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Gavin Worth

Zimbabwean born Gavin Worth, grew up in New Mexico. Combining his passion for the theatre and art, Gavin has created a variety of works including set design and illustration pieces. My particular favourite is his Wire Sculptures which hold a rather unique sensuality and elegance which surprised me due to the limitations in his material.

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Gehard Demetz

I came across the work of Gehard Demetz in 2007 when I stumbled upon a news article related to his child depiction of Adolf Hitler. The treatment and execution of his wooden sculptures are both startling and unique. Worth particular mention is his treatment of the construction, which is achieved using small blocks of wood, which intern are shaped to give sketchy, rough surfaces in contrast with the smooth polished flatter surfaces.

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Dream Big

Pete Fecteau is an interactive designer, who also loves illustration, painting and sculptures. Currently based in San Francisco, Fracteau was originally based in Brighton, Michigan where in 2010 he competed in a large art competition called ArtPrize. Having an interest in Rubik’s Cubes, he took the idea forward as part of a creative concept after a dream.

The result was a Dream Big, a mosaic installation made of 4,242 Rubik’s Cubes. Measuring 5.8m x 2.6m x 5.7cm, it weighed roughly 454kg. The construction process took a little over 40 hours involving 6 volunteers. The cubes were rented through the You Can Do The Cube organisation at a total cost of $8000. “Dream Big” placed in the top 50 out of 1,700+ entries.

You can view Fecteau’s website for more details on this and other projects he has been involved in.

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Ray Villafane

I should have put these up a few days ago. These amazing pumpkins where carved by Ray Villafane. This talented artist’s detailed and realistic work is beyond explanation, you simply have to see what he does with pumpkins!

Ray is an established sculptor and has gained notable clients such as Warner Bros./DC Comics, Marvel, McFarlane Toys and Sideshow Collectibles. His rather odd yet incredible hobby of pumpkin sculpting, also runs to sand sculpting. Definitely checkout his website for a staggering insight into his work!

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