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31 January 2022

Artist’s Eye: Paul Fuentes

Paul Fuentes is a graphic designer, originally from Mexico City, now based in the UK, who enjoys turning everyday objects into surreal and colorful compositions. His work ranges from advertising campaigns, movie posters and magazine covers, to beautiful photographic creations, suitable for framing. His images colorfully blend elements of Miami Art Deco, Palm Springs midcentury architecture, and 60s Hollywood glamour.

Image of tiger in swimming pool

Fuentes, who collaborates with his wife Ilse, uses and combines his own photographs and footage from real places to create extraordinary effects. The artist duo creates large and small scale works in their London studio, where they take their unpredictable leaps in the spirit of the surrealist principle of combination. When asked to describe his style, Fuentes says, “I can say it’s the new pop art. The style is modern, minimal, colourful, surreal, photography. It has a creamy pastel aesthetic.”

Image of flamingos poolside

Image of cat in sunglasses

One of Paul’s favorite themes is to bring wild animals into unexpected locations – poolside, for example. And we were happy to join the fun when he asked to use our PS Modern Double Decker umbrellas in two of his poolside works, “Pooltime Giraffe” and “Hollywood Tigers”.

Image of giraffes and umbrella poolside

Image of tigers and umbrellas at the pool

Image of cheetah at the beach

We look forward to turning up in more of Paul’s work. You can find him on Instagram @paulfuentes_photo