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Monochromatic Portraits Emerge from an Italian Haystack

Recently, street artist Borondo turned his spray paints towards a giant haystack set within the landscape of Cotignola, Italy. Always exploring new ways to create his signature paintings, the Spanish artist utilized this unique surface to produce the impressive scenes. In his signature style, Borondo's minimalist images rely on light and shadow to convey incredible depth on the surface of the hay. Upon quick glance, it seems like the people are actually three dimensional rather than just flat, painted portraits.

Borondo used old photographs as reference, covering all sides of the stacks with realistic shapes that look as though they might pop right off of the surface. Although the photographs are of smiling subjects, there is an ominous, mysterious tone to the monochromatic paintings that linger in the middle of the Italian field. From up close, the lines become a blur of color. It's only after viewers step further back, away from the piece, that the ghostly faces of the past emerge from the straws of hay.

Borondo's website
via [Street Art News]

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