Designer, illustrator, and architect, Federico Babina’s newest project is titled “Archiportraits”. It’s a series of thirty-three portraits of famous architects, but these are not ordinary portraits. Babina has utilized each architect’s individual building style, incorporating aspects of architectural design into the faces of the subjects. The series features architects from the twentieth and twenty-first century, and of the thirty-three individuals, three are women. According to an interview with Dezeen Magazine, “the Italian graphic designer came up with the idea after picking out the lenticular eye shape from Oscar Niemeyer’s Museu do Olho.” Using elements of some of the architects’ well known structures, the artist has fashioned faces that convey not only the likenesses of the people he has chosen to portray, but also the personalities of the architects.
Below is a smattering of the “Archiportraits” paintings. If you would like to see all thirty-three of Babina’s starchitect portraits, or if you would like to check out some of his other projects, you can do so here: http://federicobabina.com/