Vik Muniz’s collage paintings

When I came across Muniz’s collages I couldn’t but remember my collages back in school and a smirk would come up to my lips.

So this is what they mean by collage!

I find this art one of the very understated, undervalued and misunderstood arts out there. Partly because of our primary teachers and their ability to keep us busy with paper and glue.

But in comes Vik Muniz, a Sao Paulo-born and Brooklyn-based artist, that transforms famous paintings into collages with such a detail and texture that you actually want to reach out and touch it. He has worked with interesting materials before, ranging from luncheon meat and chocolate to coins and toys. His following artwork is currently on display at Galerie Xippas in Paris.

As New York Times critic Roberta Smith wrote:

“[Muniz] operates with impunity in the Bermuda Triangle bordered by commercial, popular and fine art, which can drive the art world a bit nuts. (He resembles David Hockney in this regard.) But he almost always puts on a good show in terms of sheer showmanship, and his current one is even better than usual. It reminds us that part of the razzle-dazzle of his art stems from physical texture, which almost no photographer has exploited with such optical richness.”

Starry Night, after Van Gogh
Starry Night, after Van Gogh’s.
The Card Players, after Cézanne
The Card Players, after Cézanne’s
A Bar at Folies bergères, after Edouard Manet
A Bar at Folies bergères, after Edouard Manet’s
Fairy Roses, after Fantin-Latour
Fairy Roses, after Fantin-Latour’s
Picking Flowers in a Field, after Mary Cassatt
Picking Flowers in a Field, after Mary Cassatt’s
Sick Bacchus, after Caravaggio
Sick Bacchus, after Caravaggio’s
Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, after Van Gogh
Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, after Van Gogh’s
Green Monkey, after George Stubbs
Green Monkey, after George Stubbs’s
Boy Blowing Bubbles, after Edouard Manet
Boy Blowing Bubbles, after Edouard Manet’s

Author: Bea Cabrera

Freelance Filmmaker with a passion for big cities, snowboard, cinema and a weakness for the smell of freshly ground coffee. Engineer & Graphic Designer in a previous life, loving and living both: art and technology.  

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