Augusto Esquivel's Button Portraits are Inspired by Iconic Celebrities

By: Jana Pijak - Nov 25, 2014
References: augustoesquivel & mymodernmet
Augusto Esquivel's intricate button portraits transform mundane objects into something spectacular. The artist's main source of inspiration is iconic imagery of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and even surreal artist Salvador Dali. He creates his own tributes to the pop culture icons using an unlikely and seemingly uninteresting material.

Creating realistic sewing button portraits wouldn't be easy for most but the artist makes it look seamless with his intricate and complex compositions. His monochromatic art pieces are made using countless button elements that are suspended from the ceiling in a cluster. These buttons are hung from strings and are threaded through these strings individually.

The portraits are striking and iconic, creating an impressive image from a distance and a texture of layered buttons when examined at a close range.