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Photographer and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz is renowned for his visionary engagement with conceptual photography and international art histories. Creative appropriation and subtle subversions are consistent strategies that define his work. A self-described “low-tech illusionist,” Muniz works in exceedingly diverse media: he has photographed tufts of cotton as illusory clouds; images of famous paintings made from sugar, dirt, dust, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate sauce, diamond dust, and trash; and images in the earth and sky made with backhoes and airplanes. He is best known for repurposing everyday materials into intricate recreations of canonical artworks, which he photographs before destroying the originals.
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