Angels Emerge From the Walls in Amazing Life-Sized Relief Sculptures

Artist Hossein Behzadi sculpts figures that emerge from interior walls. His incredible relief art features portraits of women and angels that don sweeping wings and flowing garments. Created to match the walls they're on, the tonal artworks are full of so much life that they're ready to burst into living color. They are strong yet delicate, with Behzadi conveying the gentle drape of fabrics and slightly tousled hair using plaster and palette knives.

Behzadi shares his process in a series of mesmerizing videos on his popular Instagram account. It’s all done freehand with some light sketching to indicate where the figure will appear on the wall. From there, he builds the sculpture, layer by layer, as it comes to life before our eyes. Large, more general shapes are refined with small tools until the ethereal sculpture is complete.

Scroll down to see some of Behzadi’s stunning work, and then follow him on Instagram to see what he’s working on next.

Artist Hossein Behzadi sculpts figures that emerge from interior walls.

His incredible relief art features portraits of women and angels that don sweeping wings and flowing garments.

Behzadi starts with a sketch on the wall and builds the sculpture from there.

The finished pieces include the most amazing details.

Hossein Behzadi: Instagram

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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