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Looking through the portfolio of artist Apolo Cacho is like taking a trip into a surrealist, brain-melting world that casually juxtaposes mayhem and beauty. Apolo Cacho is a Mexican-born and based illustrator with a penchant for large-scale illustrations that blend colorful surrealism and apocalyptic dystopianism.
Apolo Cacho’s artist statement describes his work as, “The story of a civilization, a vast container succession of wonders, great achievements and prowess, while the lowest doer of actions and humiliation against the man himself.” This idea is evident in his work. His illustrations portray chaos, tyranny, confusion, and unusual beauty with a precision most artists are unable to capture.
By forcing us to view life through the prism of extreme and disturbing epic images, Apolo Cacho’s artwork encourages the viewer to connect with their inner-beast, as well as the beast of day to day life. His artwork is a portal into the human mind and psyche. As his artist statement puts it, his art is “a product of civilization itself: uplifting and embarrassing.”