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Last weekend, Pictoplasma (previously covered here) returned to Berlin for their 11th annual showcase of Contemporary art and design trends. Pictoplasma is well known across the globe for its character design annuals, but the festival also highlights fine art, street art, illustration, toy design, animation, and graphic design. This year saw a continued interest in character-driven Pop surrealism, which addressed modern societal issues through kitsch and cute characters by an eclectic roster. Over 40 international artists took center stage with an extensive program of workshops, lectures at Babylon theater, and two major exhibitions- Pictoplasma’s main exhibition “Form Follows Empathy” at Silent Greene and the Pictoplasma Academy Group Show at Urban Spree.

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The 10th Annual Pictoplasma Conference and Festival recently closed in Berlin. To celebrate a decade of innovative and progressive graphic arts, more than 100 of the project’s most influential artists, designers, illustrators, and filmmakers created portraits for “The Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery.”

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

A celebration of all things character design-related, Pictoplasma 2013 in Berlin recently wrapped up on April 14 after five days of exhibitions, lectures, parties and screenings. Artists from all over the world gathered for the event, including Jeff Soto (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 16) and Maxx242, who painted a collaborative mural (pictured above) during the event. Low Bros (Hi-Fructose Vol. 26), Bakea, Francisco Miranda and El Grand Chamaco stood out among the exhibiting artists for their distinct aesthetics. Take a look at some photos from the action-packed festival after the jump!

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

This week, artists, character designers and animators will be gathering in Berlin for this year’s Pictoplasma Festival. Going from April 10 – 14, the event will feature concurrent exhibitions at over 20 art spaces throughout Berlin, conferences, film screenings and parties. Highlights from the festival include Jeff Soto’s (Hi-Fructose Vol. 16 cover artist) show at Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin and Low Bros’ (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 26) show at Letters Are My Friends. Among the many talented emerging artists participating in the festival, newcomer El Grand Chamaco at Mercado San Cosme and Bakea at Instituto Cervantes caught our attention. Take a look at our preview of the exhibitions going on during Pictoplasma after the jump and check out the festival’s website for a detailed schedule of the events.

by Annie OwensPosted on

“Oh Deer,” the latest show by Berlin art duo Low Bros, recently opened at the Pictolasma Showroom in Berlin. Brothers Qbrk and Nerd of “The Weird” collective combine the elements of nature with clean geometric lines and bold color to create their eye their popping work. Earlier this year, they teamed up with Dulk and Nicolas Barrome on a mural for the eigth Eurocultured Street Festival in Manchester. Take a look at more images of Low Bros’ work after the jump.

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Pictoplasma is coming to town! NYC is once again host to the annual Pictoplasama conference November 2 and 3 at Parsons the New School for Design, with guest speakers including Hi-Fructose previously featured artists, Buff Monster, Jason Freeney and Mark Gmehling. We’ve kept tabs on Pictoplasma (featured in the forthcoming Hi-Fructose Vol. 26), a worldwide network of artists and designers dedicated to the art of character design, since it’s inception in 1999. Since then, they’ve organized their annual festivals in New York and Berlin, countless exhibitions and crazy installations. Previous speakers and featured guests for Pictoplasma NYC and Berlin include Gary Taxali, Tim Biskup and Nathan Jurevicus to name only a smattering of amazing artists. Stay tuned for more info and take a look at a video teaser and more images after the jump.