Artist Reimagines Classical Art and Architecture as Plush Textile Sculptures

Classical Textile Scuptures by Sergio Roger

When we think of three-dimensional fine art, we usually imagine statues in gleaming marble. Well, one artist is challenging our perception of “ideal” fine art with a series of plush sculptures. Barcelona-based artist Sergio Roger creates unique textile art inspired by classical art and architecture.

From stately Roman busts to fragmented Greek columns, each of these pieces echoes the ancient past with a “soft” twist. “[Roger] reinterprets and subverts iconic elements of art history to allow us to break free from preconceived ideas about ancient civilizations,” his artist statement explains. “The medium of subversion is the array of materials he employs: where there was marble, he resorts to natural textile fibers.” This unexpected choice adds vulnerability and texture to “traditional art.”

However, not just any fabric will do. Roger employs unique found textiles—in silk, linen, and velvet—dating back to the early 20th century. By employing these antique materials in his textile art, he imbues the sculptures with an additional layer of history and ancestry, honoring the legacy of classical imagery and age-old fibers.

Scroll down to see more textile sculptures by Roger, and follow the artist on Instagram to keep up to date with his latest projects and upcoming exhibitions.

Barcelona-based artist Sergio Roger reimagines classical art and architecture in plush forms.

Classical Textile Scuptures by Sergio Roger

His larger-than-life busts offer a soft alternative to the typically cold and hard marble sculptures of yesteryear.

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Roger also recreates ornate columns with plush materials.

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He uses traditional fabrics like linen, silk, and velvet to render his creations.

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These unexpected sculptures question the idealism associated with classical art.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Sergio Roger.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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