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Deconstructing the Graphic Fluidity of Alberto Seveso

What started as a fascination for the graphics on skate decks and metal bands’ CD covers, turned into a successful career in fine arts for Alberto Seveso. The Milan-born photographer and illustrator doesn’t particularly consider himself an artist, but rather, as he says, “I’m just someone playing with software and creativity.” This hasn’t stopped him from making a name for himself with vibrant, breath-taking pieces since the 1990’s. Most recently, his Heavy Metals collection explores fluids and forms with inks and metals; sculpting mesmerizing designs with an intricacy that’s hard to break away from.

Currently residing in Bristol, UK, Seveso is a sought-after editorial and commercial photographer with names like ESPN Magazine, Fotolia, surf legend Kelly Slater, New Scientist, Playboy, Popular Science, Runner’s World, renowned guitarist Santana and Sony under his belt… and the list goes on. Hailed as a Rorschach inkblot test of sorts by David Pierini on Cult of Mac, his latest creations, a collection called Heavy Metals, are described as his “need of exploring new fluids, forms, liquids, inks and metals”. Each photograph takes on unique, carefree shapes, forever suspended in space and time to resemble fascinating patterns of globules as they search for the bottom of the frame. Some have dark backgrounds that bring the fluid colors to life, while other backdrops complement each vibrant, sinking mass.

Alberto Seveso began experimenting artistically with fluids around 2009, while photographing acrylic paints poured in water. According to Pierini, “He will isolate the bubbling masses with a light or deep-black background. He plays with his lights until he gets the most dramatic modelling of the growing globs.” Heavy Metals explores the interaction between metallic inks and common acrylics and sunflower oil.

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About Author

My name is Kim Crowie, and they say I write okay. I love exploring the incredible, beautiful world around us and jumping into things that excite the senses. Most of all, though, I love spinning tales about the people I meet along the way. Having lived most of my life across the African continent, I know it's bursting with creativity; with original, captivating stories just dying to be told.

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