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Exaggerated Human Figures: Art by Stylianos Schicho

A painting of two partially obscured faces in a circleUndisclosed-Recipients, charcoal and acrylic on canvas

Stylianos Schicho is a painter from Vienna, Austria. Working in charcoal and acrylic paint, the artist creates layered images that combine exaggerated human figures with overlapping geometric constructs.

A painting of a human figure and an owlThe Garden is Closing in 10 Minutes, charcoal and acrylic on canvas


I enjoy the illustrative aesthetic that comes from Schicho’s use of charcoal in addition to paint. While the artist’s painting style is fairly tight on its own, the addition of hard outlines and texture lines in features like hair and feathers creates a sense that each painting could be a sketch made in pen or colored pencil. The figures themselves are often incomplete in some fashion, with detail poured into faces and eyes, but parts of the body trailing off or left out of the work entirely. This, in combination with the geometric lines, gives the impression that we are seeing a small fragment of a larger image.


Schicho also creates collections of small paintings and drawings, hanging them together as a sort of assemblage. The individual works are simpler, but together tell a fascinating story.

An assemblage of small works of art in framesInequality (studio view)

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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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