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Best Rubik's Portraits

Portraits by Giovanni Contardi

Best Rubik’s Portraits

Rubik’s Cube or “The Magic Cube” is a widely popular puzzle around the globe due to its unique characteristics. It gained so much popularity that 350 million Rubik’s Cubes were sold as of 2018.

There is no doubt that the Rubik’s Cube became one of the best-selling toys in history. This toy is not just a puzzle creation- it also has a special place in television, books, music, architecture, art, and even in manga and comics.

The Beginnings of Rubik’s Cube in Modern Art

Rubik’s Cube became popular in art in the 1980s when the cube inspired many people to create with the ever-changing cube. The art movement was known as Rubik’s Cubism and became famous in the 20th century.

A blind man named Fred Holly was the first person who got inspired by the cube. In the 1980s he started creating bright-colored geometric patterns. Later, in 2005, a street artist known as “Space Invader” used Rubik’s Cube as an inspiration to recreate giant Space Invaders and the Mona Lisa.

The list doesn’t stop here, so here are some of the best Rubik’s Portraits that will leave you asking ‘how long did it take them to do that?’

The Most Admirable Rubik’s Portraits

Portraits by Giovanni Contardi

The 24-year-old Italian artist used Rubik’s Cubes to create mosaics of his favorite celebrities, artists, and movie characters. Giovanni Contardi spends hours creating splendid mosaics of well-known figures. He draws inspiration from icons of pop culture, street art, and music.

Giovanni sells his portraits for thousands of dollars and publishes his work on social media, where millions of people follow him. His very first portrait was made in school, and it was a version of Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream.” For this purpose, Giovanni Contardi used 900 cubes, and he did an outstanding job!

In 2020, Giovanni was the first to complete a 6,000-piece Rubik’s Cube mosaic in 16 hours. This made him immensely popular, and many people admired his art. Using around 700 cubes per mosaic, he’s created dozens of mesmerizing pieces of art. His portfolio includes portraits of Mona Lisa, Lebron James, Rihanna, John Lennon, Will Smith, Gigi Hadid, and many others.

Portrait of Christiano Ronaldo with Rubik’s Cubes

In 2018, a video with football star Cristiano Ronaldo went viral and gained more than 400 thousand likes on the internet. The portrait was created by a person that teaches kids in central China’s Henan Province and is one of the founders of Rubik’s Cubes Club.

Pete Fecteau’s “Dream Big”

Pete Fecteau is a famous designer that used 4,242 Rubik’s Cubes to create a mosaic of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The cubes were “reversed solved” and included 38,178 stickers in total. This was the boldest way to use Rubik’s Cubes while creating such a breathtaking portrait.

This monumental mosaic was called Dream Big due to its fast creation and ambitious concept. The artist thought it was a weird project but that didn’t stop him from finishing it. He continued the process and completed the mosaic in forty hours. 

Pop Culture Portraits by Torgeir Amundsen

Torgeir Amundsen is a 37-year-old from Norway who dedicates his time to creating enormous and hyperrealistic mosaic portraits of punk legends. Torgeir has been creating these mesmerizing mosaics of punk legends for three years. Until now, he’s made tons of portraits of pop culture legends, including Green Day, Aretha Franklin, Dennis Lyxzén, and many more.

Even though punk was his inspiration for creating mosaic portraits, he intends to create portraits of comedian Bo Burnham and the famous singer Ariana Grande. In 2019, Amundsen took part in the Celebration of The International Theatrical Release of @GeminiManMovie in Budapest. He made a portrait of the famous actor Will Smith and impressed the actor with this project.

He needs thirty to forty seconds to solve a puzzle and spends around four to eight hours creating a 1600-cube portrait.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Making Art With Rubik’s Cubes

Rubik’s Cube in art is a perfect combo of imagination and intelligence. Portrait artists are tremendously talented professionals when it comes to creating beautiful mosaic portraits of people. 

Using Magic Cubes as an inspiration in portraits is an exceptional process where art meets modern technology – and it’s here to stay and evolve.

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