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"HOJA Nº2" - 22 cm x 13 cm. Species: Morus Alba

"COLIBRÍ" - 20 cm x 13 cm. Species: Morus Alba

"MANTIS RELIGIOSA" - 26 cm x 24 cm. Species: Populus Alba

"CALAVERA" - 45 cm x 30 cm. Species: Catalpa Bignonioides

"HOJA 14" - 25 cm x  20 cm. Species: Catalpa Bignonioides

These mind-blowingly intricate leaf cuttings are made by self-taught artist Lorenzo M. Durán. Here’s what he says about them:

“Inspired by a caterpillar I decided to cut plant leaves the same way as other artists do with paper, that idea captivated my whole mind because it looked like a great opportunity to combine two of my true passions: art and nature. Due to the lack of information about the “leaf cutting art” I have developed my own technique, going through a long trial-and-error process until I found a good way of cutting my designs without spoiling the leaf. I use a surgical scalpel to cut the figure, removing the plant tissue until the image, previously drawn on paper and fixed to the leaf, appears. My geometric or figurative designs mostly come from my innate observation of nature and the personal metamorphosis I have gone through in recent years.”

You’ll find many more of these beauties on his website, which is translated in both English and Spanish.

xoxo, Shannon