Chris’s digital illustrations are visually striking. The layered colors, patterns and textures take on a life of their own, pulling you in as a viewer. You can’t help but stay a while.

Chris Tobar Rodriguez aka Tobar was born and raised in in Chicago, Illinois but is now based in Austin, TX. He is a multimedia artist in every sense of the word. His list of mediums include but are not exclusive to: photography, illustration, typography, and pulsating colors.

Digital illustration by Chris Tobar
Queen of Courage (left), King of Clout (right)

His artwork also takes many forms. Though those we featured in Issue 18 Surreal // So Real are created digitally, you can also find Tobar’s vibrant illustrations on shirts, masks and other apparel.

How would you describe your artwork?

I create a symbolic language representative of personal and, sometimes, isolating, experiences through my art.

Digital illustration by Chris Tobar
More than a Drip of Paint

I’m inspired by notions on how the mind communicates with the soul. Hints of color pull the viewer up and away from the dark; an underlying but ever-present contrast. The symbols I use describe a journey of becoming oneself through these actions of hope and aim.

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