Thursday Salute to Originals: What Dreams Are Made Of

Our imaginations can often consume us, with all of the images and thoughts we hold throughout the day. For many artists, the way to translate these thoughts is by creating their own individual masterpieces. That is exactly what artist Alex Kuno has done with his renditions of personal thoughts and dreams. His artwork can be described as disturbing, thought-provoking, and beautiful all at the same time. Regardless of how his pieces resonate with the viewer, Kuno leaves an impression that is not easily forgotten.

Kuno resides in Minneapolis where he often imagines a world much different from ours. His world is full of twists and turns, uniting organic beings and the realms of plant life, anatomy, and the natural world that surrounds us. These pieces intentionally include aspects of living that highlight growth and life. While Kuno accepts that some viewers may get an eerie feeling from his pieces, he really strives to accentuate the art of living itself.  His artworks are primarily created from ink, watercolor paints, graphite, and chalk, and he frequently features them on his Instagram account.

The dichotomy of beauty and unease creates wonderful, entangled masterpieces that leave the viewer truly pondering the meaning of life and reassessing how they interpret each day. Kuno’s work reminds the viewer to find joy in the simple as well as they “ugly” things in life. Life may not always be rainbows and butterflies, however, looking on the brighter side can greatly affect our thinking, and that is Kuno’s ultimate goal.

This week we’re saluting Alex Kuno for his creepy yet delightful works of art that make us reevaluate the way we take our perceptions of reality. He leaves us to untangle our own narrative of dreams, horror, and imagination.

Sources: Alex Kuno, This Is Colossal