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Undulating, Surreal Forms: Painting by Osvaldo Mesa

A painting of a bizarre form made from fabric, plants and other objectsUntitled


Baltimore-based artist Osvaldo Mesa creates undulating, surreal forms in earthy tones. The artist’s paintings are a jarring mixture of realistic brush work and bizarre, impossible imagery and scenarios.


A drawing of a bizarre abstract form that suggests human organstone


The majority of Osvaldo’s works seem to center around a mysterious object, floating on a monochromatic or gradient background. These objects are often made up from a number of composite parts, each reminiscent of a real item, but somehow detached from reality. Bits of string, heavy fabric, wood and bulbous, fleshy-looking materials come together to forms odd shapes that suggest human organs or folds of skin.


A gallery of work on Osvaldo Mesa's portfolio websiteA gallery of work on Osvaldo's website

Alongside his paintings, Osvaldo also offers sketches for paintings in graphite and other materials. It’s nice to see these simplified forms alongside the final, colored pieces. The slightly muted earth tones and odd forms in Osvaldo’s works are reminiscent of Salvador Dali.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

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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