I’ve been enamored with National Geographic magazines every since I can remember. I would flip through the pages, fascinated by the beautiful pictures of strangers from all across the globe. The intimate portrait photos were especially powerful to me and I now carry the human form and portraiture throughout most of my work.
This series demonstrates my interest in unfamiliar cultures and the importance of pattern and color found within them. As part of a larger body of work, these acrylic paintings reflect on the magnitude from which products and brands of our western culture are mass-produced and distributed.
“Kayapo” displays a young Mebengokre boy from the Kayapo tribe in Brazil, dressed in a traditional headdress.
“Three Moons” and “Cultural Consumption #2” were inspired by the women of the Maasai tribe in Kenya.
All Images Are © Cyan Zengaffinen
Cyan Zengaffinen Artist Bio
I’ve recently graduated with my art degree and am currently traveling throughout Europe and working on a new series. These images are from my first art show in 2014. I do commissioned work as well and would love to build a stronger client base.
Visit Cyan Zengaffinen at: DeviantArt