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Isaac G. Salazar is a completely self taught American book artist located in Artesia, NM. With a degree in accounting, he works as a full time accountant. Having never having taken an art class, he discovered his talent for folding the pages of books to create imagery while trying to find a hobby he could enjoy. Only recently did he begin to refer to himself as 'an artist.'
Shapes, Symbols and Logos:
Isaac's work is getting more and more attention lately. His pieces have appeared in the following ad campaign for the Filigranes Librarie:
The April 2012 issue of Reader's Digest' featured his work on the table of contents (below) and an interview with the artist:
above photo by Sam Kaplan, courtesy of Reader's Digest
His inspiration comes from multiple things and places - such as browsing the used book section for titles that stand out to him. He attempts to make a correlation between the book titles and the symbols he creates within their pages, such as the recycle symbol created in a book titled "A World with out Trees".
By taking books that would otherwise end up in a landfill and turning them into art, he gets a sense of satisfaction that his hobby can contribute to reducing waste. Custom names and words in books with personal meaning make great gifts.
He rarely uses new books, unless commissioned to. Recently he has ventured into logos and symbols and would like to pursue this area more.
above: Isaac G. Salazar and his book art featuring his own surname
all images courtesy of the artist.
His etsy store
His flickr photos