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CHINA: ILLUSTRATION: SIYU CHEN

Siyu Chen grew up in China, did her MFA in New York and now lives in Germany. Perhaps her life experience across the world has led to her globally appealing illustrations.

Chen’s work is drawn with brush and ink and colored digitally. She says her inspiration “generally comes from reading: fantasy stories, fictions, poems, history.” She also draws from cinema, having a fondness for the Japanese animation of Miyazaki Hayao. Siyu wants to create works of fantasy, and it would make her happiest to know that viewers are able to see the stories in her art.

See more of Chen’s work on her website and find more creativity over on Mango Popsicle’s Facebook page.

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ROMANIA: ACRYLIC PAINTING: SADDO

Artist statement: “The series brings a twist to the self-centered portraits of conquerors, replacing the human face with bird heads, and it depicts a fantastic world of the future, in which humans have slowly devolved into savages or even wild animals, and the world is ruled by a race of super-birds, who are conquering the last human groups. Thus the human history of conquests and extinction of other human communities and entire species of animals, repeats itself but finds human race in the opposite role, that of a species which is hunted and almost extinct. The illustrations come from a fascination for myths, eerie folk stories, fantastic scenarios, but can also be viewed as an invitation to modesty and more respect for nature and all the earthlings.”

Find Saddo on Flickr and MP on Facebook.

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