It is often a childhood dream to see toys and favorite characters come to life, and it is our unpolluted imaginations that humanize them. We see this youthful curiosity animated by talented adults in popular movies like Toy Story, or in art, comic books, and TV shows. What a child sees as a fun-loving adventure, an adult might perceive as a self-reflection or fresh perspective into common facets of life.
Santino Sverdlov (aka Santlov) has built a strong following with his incredible ability to harness that childhood imagination we all once possessed, pairing it brilliantly with his shrewd perceptions on human culture. Born in Cuba and based in Miami, Santlov is both a talented graphic designer and photographer, coupling his skills to create expressive works of art that flow with originality.
His viral series titled, ToysRLikeUs is a diverse collection of social commentary pieces using some of the most iconic characters in existence. This series meshes icons with routine activities or cynical situations that adults experience on the daily, urging the viewer to question the very society we contribute to.