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.
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.
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.