Japanese artist Kazuhiro Tsuji's hyperrealistic technique, learned while he was in the film industry, renders portraits that emote a profound sense of soul to viewers. His latest creation is a larger than life depiction of Mexico's famous Frida Kahlo. Known for her stunningly expressive self-portraits that captured pain and loss in her life, Tsujji's recreation does her memory justice. Through a combination of resin, platinum silicone, and other materials, Kahlo stares out wisely at all her observers while being gently lifted by a pair of giant golden arms.
Tsuji began to paint and sculpt in childhood, expressing an enthusiasm for art, painting, photography. Going on to experiment in various media, he discovered portraiture was his true passion. Now, he is primarily focused on his work as an artist, after stepping away from a successful career as a special effects make-up artist. He has exhibited in several galleries and at solo shows with various organizations. "I create these heads from the inside out, bring to life the appearance of inner thought and emotion as I layer the silicone," Tsuji says.
The artist's meticulously crafted busts allow fans to share an impossibly close moment with those that they idolize. To see Tsuji's Frida Kahlo sculpture in person, the remarkable piece is currently on display through December 6th at Copro Gallery, as part of SCOPE Miami Beach 2015.
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