Tel Aviv, Israel. Tel Aviv, Israel. Artist Victor Enrich digitally edits photos to create surreal building designs. (Photo: Victor Enrich)

You've never seen buildings like these before

Digital artist Victor Enrich has gained a global following by reimagining the architecture around him.

In 2007, Victor Enrich was far from his home of Barcelona, Spain, squatting in a former Soviet factory full of artists in Riga, Latvia, when he decided to embark on a project that had long been stewing inside him.

"I began to experiment with some ideas that had grown in my head just with the goal that every new image had to be better than the previous one," he explained to From The Grapevine. Those ideas involved photographing buildings in Riga, then manipulating segments of them in post-production.

Riga, Latvia.Victor Enrich did some creative photo editing after taking this photo of a building in Riga, Latvia. (Photo: Victor Enrich)

Enrich did this sporadically while living in Riga, and a couple of years later found himself living in Tel Aviv, Israel, having initially come to visit a friend.

"My friend, after three months, went back home to Latvia and I, well, I stayed," he explained.

"For a Mediterranean person like me, I was missing the sun so much, and Tel Aviv was perfect," he said of what initially drew him to the coastal Israeli city.

Tel Aviv, Israel.Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo: Victor Enrich)

Enrich soon fell for the culture and people in Tel Aviv, and ended up spending more than two years in the city. Tel Aviv was the city in which he was most productive, and he captured and created the majority of his images in the series, which he eventually named "City Portraits," there.

Tel Aviv, Israel.Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo: Victor Enrich)

While an initial glance at Enrich's images might lead one to view the artist's work as merely whimsical, for Enrich they are highly personal works.

"Generally, when I walk the cities, I somehow talk to the buildings, like if they were real people, letting my imagination flow. So, shooting them feels in fact like shooting people, and since the facades are the 'faces' of the buildings, these photos might be called portraits," he explained.

After Tel Aviv, Enrich went to Munich, Germany, where he continued to advance his project, in one instance photographing a building and making a series of 88 distinct photographs.

1 from a series of 88 manipulated photographs of the Deutscher Kaiser hotel in Munich, Germany.One from a series of 88 manipulated photographs of the Deutscher Kaiser hotel in Munich, Germany. (Photo: Victor Enrich)

"When I began in the art field, back in 2007, I had no clue at all of what I was about to do with my life, professionally speaking," Enrich said. But it's turned out all right for him. He's back in Barcelona working as a photographer and digital artist.

His reputation has crossed the Atlantic and drawn the interest of the art community here. He was recently chosen as one of 30 artists and architects to contribute new work to Storefront, a respected art and architecture gallery in New York City. What type of photo did he decide to create? One of the surreal images he has come to be known for, of course. In this case fusing together two buildings – the Paris Expo Spanish Pavilion of 1937 and the Storefront Gallery in New York.

OuiVictor Enrich's artwork for Storefront, a gallery in NYC. (Photo: Victor Enrich)

Prints of Enrich's work are available on his website.


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