by Ariadna Zierold
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.
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.