Yago Partal's Zoo Portraits are quite possibly the most recognisable images in our collection, having been featured by Another Magazine, The Huffington Post, CBS News and ABC News, among others. Yago's background is in conceptual design and he worked with fellow Spaniard Pedro Almodovar before focusing on his Zoo Portraits. The fresh and immediate attitude of the work belies its complexity: in fact it is created from a painstaking combination of photography, illustration and collage.
The Zoo Portraits have been exhibited at the Chimei Museum in Taiwan, in a group show alongside the sculptures of Kendra Haste. The series has also been exhibited in London, Tokyo, Monaco, Lyon and at the Angkor Photo Festival in Siam Reap, Cambodia.
The Zoo Portraits now have their own dedicated website! Visit zooportraits.art for the full selection of images and more...
Artist's Statement: "I began to create the Zoo Portraits by experimenting with digital media. I have always had a love of the animal kingdom and an interest in the fashion world, particularly in how we as a society are obsessed with what people wear. Zoo Portraits was born from a childish fascination for wildlife, from all those cartoons where animals behave as human beings. You could say that I found my voice in a game we all like to play: the humanisation of animals."