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Using colored pencils to create art is nothing new — unless you’re talking about the work of Federico Uribe, a Miami-based conceptual artist who uses the writing instruments as his material in Pencilism, a series of strange, eye-catching portraits of people and animals. Whether he’s fastening them together with plastic zip-ties to make sculptures or laying them out flat in textured “paintings,” the results are equally bizarre and stunning, revealing Uribe’s skill in repurposing common objects in surprising ways, a process that he compares to playing with clouds as a kid.


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