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Surreal Fantasy Figures: Art by Armando Sebastian

A painting of a boy with insect antennaeBoy Beetle/ The Butterfly Evil's Spell, oil on canvas

Armando Sebastian is an artist from Mexico who paints surreal, fantasy figures drawing inspiration from vintage Mexican art, Japanese Manga, and other styles.  Armando’s works are thick with symbolism and a sense of ongoing narrative.


A painting of a fortune teller on a pink background with a birdFortune Teller/ Parallel Universe


I really enjoy this sense of symbolism that Armando uses in his works. The artist’s style is quite illustrative, with the focus usually lying on one or two centrally-located figures. The accompanying objects, backgrounds, and outfits all seem very deliberate, and offer a fascinating sense of the unknown that really draws the viewer in for more than a passing glance. With figures gazing intently out of the picture plane, these works sometimes take on a vague sense of unease, reminiscent of the portrait paintings of Jared Joslin or Megan Majewski.  


A screen capture of Armando Sebastian's art


Armando works in a clean, tight style with smoothly blended surfaces and three-dimensional lighting. The figures are often presented in exaggerated poses that are slightly stiff and harken back to medieval and mythological figure painting. 


A painting of a boy with religious symbolismThe Anointed, oil and gold leaf on canvas

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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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