Quirky Deep Sea Creatures, in Geometric Pastels

Maya Stepien is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Amsterdam. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and has created illustrations for clients including Google, Monocle, Wired UK, Bloomberg, and Monotype. While her work fits the current fashion of flat geometrics rendered in a range of forceful pastels, it rests on a foundation of quirky, old-fashioned character drawings. It’s as if the Aardman world of Wallace and Gromit had been reborn as art deco posters. Her drawings for Zócalo bring this aesthetic to …

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Hair Is the Star of Her Human Faces

Emily Wong is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and concept artist. You can find her work in The New York Times, New York magazine, and in various titles published by Disney …

Home Away from Home

Gaza-Born Taysir Batniji Documents His U.S. Relatives’ Lives

In his photo series Home Away from Home, the Gaza-born Franco-Palestinian artist Taysir Batniji explores and documents the daily lives of people dwelling in intermediate states—between the land of their …

In an Ancient Indonesian City, Art Is Abundant—and Inclusive

How a Community Built a Thriving Cultural Scene on Cooperation, Cheap Tickets, and Affordable Merchandise

The city of Yogyakarta, which sits between the Indian Ocean and the volcanic mountain Merapi at the heart of Java island, has long been known as one of the arts …

VIDEO: Are You an Optimist?

Charles Taylor on Hope as a Matter of Faith and Morality

It’s harder to be an optimist when times are uncertain than when they are relatively sunny. Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, professor emeritus at McGill University, explains the sources of …