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PLAYFUL PORTRAITS BY MARIO SORIA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mario Soria, a Barcelona based artist, creates portraits that tell a different story up close. From a distance, his paintings of icons like appeared realistic, but upon closer inspection, revealed characters interacting with them in bizarre scenes, tagging their clothing with graffiti or enjoying a musical jubilee on top of their heads.

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Adding to the surreal quality of his work was his incorporation of found objects like smashed soda cans and legos, which he describes as a combination of still life and traditional painting. Soria replaces the seriousness and formality of the original portrait with playfulness and fantasy.

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