Often sculpting faceless humanoid figures that have an otherworldly quality to them, artist Emil Alzamora creates surreal experiments in physics that will leave you wondering how he could have made such smooth lines out of materials like aluminum, ceramics, and more. Here are 20 of my favorites, found on his website.
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2008. Gypsum, Graphite Wax. Life-size. The artist seems to have captured this figure mid phase-shift. The effect is similar to the long exposure technique used in photography. It’s incredible to see this effect in physical form!
Bird in Flight
2006. Gypsum. Life-size. The artist displays his opinion on the old head vs. heart debate; The heart wins every time, even if it means leaving destruction in it’s wake!
2008. Bronze. 50 x 30 x 18 inches. Perched ever so precariously, reaching into the depths, this piece displays longing and perseverance.
2016. Ceramic. 19 x 6 x 4 inches. A mummified hawk created from ceramics! So imaginative.
Mother and Child
2010. Ceramic. Life-size. A sweet surreal portrait, showing the blooming love between mother and daughter.
2007. Bronze. Life-size. I think this piece may be my favorite. Aptly titled “Masochist,” it shows how we are often the only ones in our own way, and that sometimes, maybe, we enjoy the pain that comes from it.
2004. Bronze. 126 x 58 x 14 inches. The world’s longest arms, outstretched to give you the world’s best hug.
2006. Bronze. 41 x 21 x 10 inches. Flamingo-esque in it’s presentation, this humanoid figure seems to be barely holding on to whatever keeps him grounded.
2005. Gypsum. 90 x 60 x 48 inches. What’s more surreal than a floating head, looking down on it’s own recently deceased body?
2006. Gypsum. 95 x 42 x 18 inches. The artist brings mythology into his work here, and it plays out beautifully. The details on this piece are astounding!