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Nicolas Uribe’s painted portraits contain varying levels of abstraction, injecting both a surreal and engrossing quality into each work. The Colombia-based painter has also delved into kinetic scenes in this style, all carrying the intimacy and unsteadiness of memory.

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Whether it’s a cleverly disguised speaker box or massive wall installation, Alex Yanes crafts vibrant characters and scenes out of seemingly disparate elements. The Miami-born artist says his inspiration comes from “vibrant fixtures of my environment, fatherhood, life’s circumstances, subcultures and the ability to create something out of nothing.” Often, his work is more functional than meets the eye.

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Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito, also known as Jiyuseki, creates unlikely sculptures out of stones and rocks, injecting humor and surprise into a seemingly stubborn material. In some works, life is bursting out of the stone, like his popular pieces revealing a human mouth smiling behind a metal zipper. In another, the source is hidden inside what appears to be a melting ice cream bar.

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Peter Adamyan’s mixed-media works integrate oil painting, wood, and often, objects like credit cards, VHS tapes, and vinyl records to offer strange, yet intimate portraits. The Californian artist mixed humor and earnestness in his works, often a reflection of pop culture and contemporary living.

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Australian artist Rodrigo Luff’s luminous oil paintings combine nature with touches of the contemporary. The surreal qualities are often embedded into the living figures and animals he creates, often female humans intermingling with forest critters. And his work often translates into the smaller scale, with Luff being one of the curatorial architects of the ongoing Moleskine Project shows at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here.

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David Deweerdt‘s mixed ink and acrylic paintings appear as both absorbing—and at times, nightmarish— visions. Hidden within each corner of his figures are surprising textures and patterns.