Dimitris Ladopoulos Reinvents Classic Portraits

Using a 3D modeling program and algorithm of his own invention, Greek artist Dimitris Ladopoulos transforms famous portraits.

The artist has applied his algorithm to a range of paintings, creating RGB-subdivided images. The process developed by Ladopoulos involves him splitting a normal rectangle vertically and horizontally in a 3D modeling program called ‘Houdini’. After running the shapes through the program, he then selects a number at random and divides the rectangles, splitting them in halves again and again. Though the process is clearly very mathematical, the end result is still artistic and visually pleasing. The manipulated portraits look like completed puzzles: tiny rectangular bricks compiled of varying colors and sizes combine to make a whole picture. But while a puzzle connotes tradition, these portraits have a futuristic quality, with the “puzzle” pieces closely resembling digital pixels. As explained on his website, his work explores “the relationship between technology, arts and ethics.” Using advanced technologies, Ladopoulos is able to re-interpret classic oil artworks, creating geometric portraits that fuse art and science.

Though the process is clearly very mathematical, the end result is still artistic and visually pleasing.
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All images © Dimitris Ladopoulos

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