Düsseldorf, Germany-based digital artist Volker Hermes recreates European portraiture from the Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical periods hiding their faces with amusing, funny, surreal, and extravagant masks. This series titled Hidden Portraits ended up going viral due to the creativity and unexpected elements applied to pictures.
In my portraits, which are photo-collages elaborated via a self-taught photoshop process on existing images, I try to see masks under a humorous light, even if obviously the situation is all but humorous. I try to add a fashionable element, a bit of a relieving touch, so to speak. I try to make them seem beautiful and not threatening. I work on exaggerating details of the costumes worn by the subjects in the portraits, which leads to reading the image as slightly bizarre and ironic and funny, with an over-the-top quality that makes the meaning of the masked face less dramatic or threatening.Volker Hermes