Where most of us simply see a butterfly fluttering in the breeze, artist Rafael Araujo sees an intricate mathematical framework governing the subtle motions of flight. Created as part of the artist's Calculations series, an ongoing examination of the complexity of life, Diaethrea Sequence teams Araujo's unique vision of the natural world with vivid color and precise lines.
One might think these illustrations are born from a CPU, but in fact they are drafted entirely by hand in a sublime mix of mathematical perfection and artistic execution. Diaethrea Sequence was originally created as a pen and ink drawing on canvas with acrylic paint, and is available here exclusively as a premium archival print.
About the Artist
Born in Venezuela in 1957, artist Rafael Araujo is a lifelong resident of Caracas. He originally studied music, a passion that lead him to composing and eventually to a fascination with architecture where he perfected his draftsmanship. Araujo is greatly influenced by three-dimensional renderings found in Renaissance perspective drawing as well as the works of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. Though he openly deflects the title of "artist," his dozens of exhibitions in galleries across Venezuela (and soon the United States) over the last 30 years suggest the contrary.