At first glance, one may see the work of Greek artist Teodosio Sectio Aurea as a tangled consortium of metal and wires. But when placed within just the right light source, his bundles of chaos reveal a striking beauty within its shadow. For Aurea, shadow art brings hidden forms into view. What initially looks like a tree is changed into something seductive based on where the light comes from.

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Originally trained as a welder, Aurea’s creates metal sculptures that have a secondary existence in its shadow.  “Shadows are everywhere, but we hardly ever notice them, ” says Aurea. As an artist, he is very conscious of the darker side of matter and sees shadows everywhere; hidden within every object he encounters. His work is a playful perspective of reality, and every piece creates an unexpected shadow, which for him, is philosophically connected to its original source.

copyright: Teodosio Sectio Aurea

copyright: Teodosio Sectio Aurea

The world of shadows has an element of limitless seduction and is full of its own beauty. Each of Aurea’s art pieces begins with a rough sketch. He draws the future form of the shadow and affixes it to a wall. Then in semi-darkness, he uses a small light source to construct his sculptures. He first looks at the outline and considers the parts that form. When light shines on the works of his near-perfect replicas of paramount paintings, including Pablo Picasso’s Guernica one really begins to look further into the dark side.

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Amazingly, Aurea has evolved with his art work and now constructs intricate installations of 3D metal art. Still relying on a light source, these pieces use a different type of sculpture to cast a shadow and are affixed to either a canvas or wood panel. Aureas explains why he continues to construct his working using thick black metal and says, “there is an enduring quality with metal and I want to make pieces that will last forever.”

copyright: Teodosio Sectio Aurea

copyright: Teodosio Sectio Aurea

copyright: Teodosio Sectio Aurea

Nothing is as it seems in his work, each more innocuous-looking and more surprising than the last. For more information on Tedodosio Sectio Aurea, visit his website here.

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