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Layered Representational Art by Michal Mraz

A painting featuring several images layered over each otherEscape 2, airbrush and oil on canvas

Slovakian painter Michal Mraz creates layered representational art in a desaturated colour palette, often portraying several subjects or scenes at once using a technique that mimics the look of a double-exposed photograph.


A painting with several black and white figures at a tableBanality, acrylic and oil on canvas

Many of the works have a messy, DIY aesthetic, something like the work of Ronan Boyle, but the subject matter of Mraz’s paintings seems somehow quieter.  He often chooses what look like old family photographs or images from historical reference books, portraying groups of people in various everyday settings and painting them in black and white or sepia tones. In most of the paintings, these historical images are partly obscured either by smudges or paint or by contrasting images that intrude onto the same plane.


Using a combination of skilled oil painting and acrylic stencil work, Mraz references a long tradition of street art, and sometimes selects hooded and partly obscured street artists themselves as subjects. 

A painting of a shadowed figure looking at a restaurant signSold Out, mixed media on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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