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Shadow Sculptor Recreates a Picasso Masterpiece

'Guernica' as well as da Vinci's Vitruvian Man get cut out of light in Teodosio Sectio Aurea's work.

by Beckett Mufson
Nov 22 2015, 1:00pm

Images courtesy the artist

A series of sculptures cloak their homages in shadows—literally. When light shines on the works of Athenian artist Teodosio Sectio Aurea, the abstract objects become near-perfect replicas of paramount paintings, including Pablo Picasso's Guernica and Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. Iron transforms into the tragedy of the Spanish Civil War while a large bundle of molecules reveals a shadow uncannily like the four-legged, four-armed icon da Vinci drew in the late 1400s. The isomorphic illusion Aurea employs has been mastered by the likes of Rashad Alakbarov and Matt W. Moore, but incorporating the oldest memes of all time—famous paintings—is a stroke worthy of the masters he imitates. He's also tackled Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam and made several human forms that erupt from plant-shaped sculptures. "Every single work of art creates an unexpectable shadow, which is always philosophically connected with it's original source," he writes on his website. Nothing is as it seems in his work, each more innocuous-looking and more surprising than the last. 

See more of Teodosio Sectio Aurea's work on his website.

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