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This Mexican Surreal Artist Created Freaky Realistic Sculptures Of David Bowie, Frida Kahlo, And Juan Gabriel

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The death of our favorite artists is always so heartbreaking. We were devastated when Juan Gabriel passed away, and so sad when David Bowie died. It is through their music that they continue to live on in our lives. A Mexican artist feels the same way as us, which is why he is bringing these heroes back to life one sculpture at a time.

Ruben Orozco Loza is a surrealist artist from Jalisco. He sculpts the most insane, yet realistic, art of iconic people.

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That’s artist Ruben standing next to his creation of Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozco. Here are more creations below from the University of Guadalajara graduate.

His David Bowie is so real it might haunt your dreams for the rest fo your life.

Part of the excitement is watching Ruben create these realistic depictions. It is not an easy or short process. He really takes the time to make the sculptures so realistic that it borders on creepy.

Obviously, he had to give us another moment to fawn over Frida Kahlo.

One of the most stunning moments of Ruben’s work is in the eyes of his subjects. That is what looks the most realistic, but when he inserts them into the face and fudges with them is the part that is so weird. It’s almost like he is doing surgery.

Juan Gabriel was given a second life with the artist’s take on the late singer.

In this video, you can see Ruben is working while looking at a picture of JuanGa. He is constantly looking at the real Juan Gabriel and back at his subject to make sure it looks identical.

Even Pope Francis is a subject that the sculptor couldn’t resist.

We love seeing Ruben brush the hair of the Pope. It’s so cool and realistic. Ruben really gives you a good look at what it takes to create truly stunning works of art.

Guillermo Del Toro would be so pleased with this amazing sculpture.

For his artwork of Del Toro, Ruben also becomes a hairdresser. Did you see how long his hair was in the start of the video? He has to get each piece perfect, even the beard. Stunning!

To see more of his work and videos click here.

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That Audio Recording Thought To Be Frida Kahlo’s Might Not Be Hers After All

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That Audio Recording Thought To Be Frida Kahlo’s Might Not Be Hers After All

Earlier this month, the National Sound Library of Mexico announced last week that they had discovered the only known recording of the artist’s voice. Media outlets and Kahlo fans around the world were ecstatic about the audio thought to have captured Kahlo reading a portion of her essay about her husband and fellow artist, Diego Rivera.

Now, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s relatives and former students have come forward to dismiss claims that a recently discovered recording could be her voice.

Last week fans of the artist were enthused to find out last week that researchers in Mexico had discovered an audio recording of Frida Kahlo, but now people that knew her well are saying that voice in the recording is not her at all.

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“The thing is, I don’t recognize the voice,” Guillermo Monroy Becerril, a former student of Kahlo’s, told the Spanish news agency Efe. “The first time I met her, I noticed she was a woman with a very sweet, cheerful voice … Frida’s real voice was very lively, charming, and cheery. It wasn’t serious or smooth or delicate … it was crystal clear.”

Kahlo’s descendants have also questioned the origins of the recording.

In a statement, member’s of the artist’s family said: “As far as Kahlo family knows, there are no records of Frida’s voice.”

Another person is claiming the voice in that recording is her and not Kahlo.

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Mexican actress Amparo Garrido, who did the voice of Snow White in the 1960s for a dub recording in Spanish, said, according to The Guardian, “I feel it’s me and have for a while. I recorded various things for El Bachiller … I’m almost absolutely sure that I recorded this one.” Her daughter agrees, “I immediately heard the voice of my mother.”

The library researches who found the audio recording in the first place said they are still investigating the file to find out the origin.

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Why did we get our hopes up for nothing?!

The New York Times reports that the National Sound Library will meet with Garrido to see if her voice matches that of the Kahlo recording and will test out other voices from actresses in Mexico from that era as a process of elimination.

Mexico Says They’ve Found A Recording Of Frida Kahlo’s Voice But I’m Mostly Excited About What She Says About Diego

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Mexico Says They’ve Found A Recording Of Frida Kahlo’s Voice But I’m Mostly Excited About What She Says About Diego

Frida Kahlo is arguably the most recognizable artist of the 20th Century. The Mexican icon has become such a fixture within cultures across the globe that even your 4-year-old sobrina might know her. After all, Barbies, cosmetics, drinks, T-shirts, even sanitary pads have been made in her likeness. And yet, while we have countless paintings, pictures, and video of the painter who has captivated audiences the world over, her fans have been deprived of her voice.

That is to say, until today.

The National Sound Library of Mexico has found what they say is the first recording ever uncovered of Kahlo’s voice.

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The audio clip was discovered on a sound file dating all the way back to 1955. Made by Álvaro Gálvez y Fuentes, the file comes from the pilot of a radio show known as “El Bachiller.” In it, Kahlo describes Diego Rivera for a profile the radio show was doing on her husband.

According to the press release from the National Sound Library of Mexico, the Kahlo file was recorded on open reel tape. The tape was sent to the library back in 2007 along with other files, all of which are part of a Television-Radio collection of audio. They’re on loan to the National Sound Library so they can be converted to digital.

According to Pável Granados, director of the National Sound Library, Kahlo’s voice is the institution’ most requested sound.

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In the recording, we hear Kahlo’s melodious voice talking about her husband, Rivera. She’s reading from her essay “Portrait of Diego.” The words were written to accompany the 1949 work of the same name.

Though the radio program was recorded in 1955, the Kahlo file is thought to have been made in 1953 or 1954. In the radio program, it is noted that the voice’s owner was no longer alive. This further supports the claim that the voice belongs to Kahlo.

In light of the amazing discovery, the National Sound Library will work to authenticate the file.

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The “El Bachiller” files are made up of 1,300 tapes that are still being catalogued and digitized. In the same way, more audio of the artista may yet to be discovered.

All in all, this is a huge discovery and Twitter was abuzz over the finding.

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This Twitter user imagined what a throughly modern Frida would look like. Of course, she’s as stylish as ever.

Some expressed surprise at the sound of the artist’s voice.

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Incidentally, we have also imagined what her voice would be like. Her voice is much like Frida was: vibrant, warm, and welcoming.

Some wondered how we can authenticate the voice.

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This Twitter user suggested the National Sound Library contact journalist Elena Poniatowska or another person who knew Kahlo. It might be difficult with the passage of time but we imagine Frida’s voice is one you don’t easily forget.

Others were in awe of her loving words for Diego.

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Of course, Kahlo and Rivera’s relationship was anything but conventional. Still, her voice holds nothing but love for him.

The total consensus on the Internet seems to be that this is Kahlo’s voice.

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We can only hope that additional Kahlo audio is found so we can learn more about the artist in her own words.

Listen to the clip below.

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