Ceci n'est pas la brosse d'un peintre
Born in 1971, Miguel Vallinas trained at the School of photography and Cinema (EFTI) in Madrid before launching his freelance career and undertaking art projects that enabled him to exhibit internationally.
Inspired by all kinds of subjects, whether it be contemporary architecture, urban landscapes or portraits, the artist reveals himself through his surrealist photos of characters whose heads have been replaced by inanimate objects representing our thoughts, determination, and wishes. He wants to investigate “the animal in each of us” and captures various animals in full view, dressed with contemporary outfits and posing like humans.
I held art events in Rio in 2014; photographers were expensive and don’t always capture the soul of events, so I bought my first camera and started taking photos. My background as a director slowly came to the fore and I became the events photographer I am today.
What inspires you?
Female protagonists concerned with their content who call social, sexual, racial and aesthetic norms into question. Aesthetically Jodorowsky, Roy Andersson, Tim Burton, Magritte, and Mugler among others.
French-Hungarian artist Pol Kurucz created the nonconformist art collective Kolors in Budapest before exporting it to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he now lives. Through an aesthetic heavily influenced by pop culture, his photos are always anchored in reality and particularly feminism or the defence of minorities. Photos by Pol Kurucz are now published in major magazines (Vogue, ELLE, Dazed, GQ, etc.) and shown at photo exhibitions (ArtExpo NYC) or fashion weeks (Shanghai and New York).
What makes your photographs unique?
I’d say the atypical combination of bright colours and the considerable eccentricity of the characters.
What was the context of creation of your new series?
In my new series, celebrities from Los Angeles (mainly singers and actors) are immersed in my imaginary and photorealistic 3D decors and tell an extravagant visual story, combining their worlds with mine.
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