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Eerily Surreal Origami Sculptures

João Charrua Tests the Boundaries of Paper as a Medium

— October 29, 2018 — Art & Design
João Charrua's origami sculptures are truly out of this world. Based in Portugal, the creative builds breathtakingly detailed artworks with single squares of paper. The three-dimensional creatures are incredibly imaginative and boast an uncanny aesthetic with their boldly expressive and somewhat grotesque shapes.

For his origami sculptures, João Charrua creates completely new character concepts or draws inspiration from some of his favorite artists. His body of work is closely tied to art movements such as Avant-Grade and Surrealism. One of the most frequently referenced artists in João Charrua's paper installations is Salvador Dali — perhaps the most noteworthy of the surrealists. The Portuguese artist's origami sculptures add a life-like dimensional physicality to the fictitiously expressive movement.
Trend Themes
1. Origami Art - João Charrua's detailed origami sculptures demonstrate a new level of creativity and innovation in traditional paper art.
2. Surrealist Sculpture - Charrua's sculptures demonstrate the continued influence of Surrealism on contemporary art and design.
3. Three-dimensional Paper Art - Charrua expands the possibilities of paper as a medium by creating intricate and lifelike sculptures from a single square.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Design - João Charrua's work blurs the boundary between art and craft and challenges conventional notions of sculpture and design.
2. Paper Manufacturing - The rise of origami art may spark demand for a wider variety of high-quality paper products and new technologies for precise cutting and folding.
3. Interior Design - Three-dimensional paper art like Charrua's sculptures can add a unique and unexpected element to interior design, especially in settings that emphasize creativity and imagination.
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