Dieselpunk Mech

Retro-Machines Series

ORIGINAL ART WORK AND LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

Yute and Tocuyo’s Imachinarium

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 The Retro HSCR 30.76 Dieselpunk flying ship”

Acrylic on Canvas, 200cms x 150cms.

If you are one of those weird people who has not seen any of the Star Wars Saga, you are understanding nothing. It gets worst if you are not Peruvian. This ship originates from another battleship deeply ingrained in our Peruvian past, together with ships born of our 80s sensibilities and imagination: The mythical Monitor Huascar,  from the nineteenths century Peruvian Navy commanded by Peru’s maximum hero, Miguel Grau  (immortalized in the War between Peru and Chile), merges with references from Star Wars iconic Millenium Falcon, and some of the flat, cold and messy structures of Alien’s USCCS Nostromo. You can even draw some references from Space Battle Ship Yamato from Star Blazers japanese anime.  In this ship, Yute and Tocuyo, together win their AI, Grau.tobot, navigate the extended deserts of junk and wast in the Imachinarium.

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“The dieselpunk Retro Valkyre”

Mixed media, acrylica and metal, 150cmsX 90cms

This dieselpunk mechamorph is heavily inspired in the classical Japanese manga and anime, Macross, named in my country as Robotech. You can see references to the VF-1 Valkyries which was, and probably is my favorite mecha. The giant robot is piloted by the Atomic Rabbit, from Yute and Tocuyo’s Imachinarium, a mysterious agent of mischief and chaos who will use this robot to forward his chaotic plan.

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“The Dieselpunk Retro Mecha Suit”

Acrylic on canvas, 42cms x 60cms

Also inspired in the Gundam anime, this suit helps one of my heroes, Tocuyo engage with the unpredictable enemies in Yute and Tocuyo dieselpunk universe.

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“The dieselpunk Retro byke Mechamorph”

Acrylic on canvas ,420mm X 594mm,

The Retro-Byke, it’s a quick robot, created in Yute and Tocuyos workshop to face the menace of the Atomic Rabbit’s Retro Orion. It wont be able to hold the blows of the gargantuan monster, but provides them with enough strength and power to escape their workshop unharmed. There are some clear references to the Transformers TV show, and the original BumbleBee character.

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“The Retro-Orion dieselpunk Mechamorph”

Digital print on archival paper,420mm X 594mm, edition of 20

This massive robot is inspired in a Custer, from the Orion transportation line in Peru’s chaotic public transportation systems. The Retro Orion is commanded by the terrible Atomic Rabbit, the agent of mischief and chaos in  Yute and Tocuyo’s Imachinarium. He is crazy as Batman’s Joker, but although he seems irrational, there is a method to his madness. The Retro Orion, its influenced by the Optimus Prime character from the Transformers TV show, and current (awful) movies.

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“The dieselpunk Retro byke Mechamorph”

Digital print on archival paper,420mm X 594mm, edition of 20

The Retro-Byke, it’s a quick robot, created in Yute and Tocuyos workshop to face the menace of the Atomic Rabbit’s Retro Orion. It wont be able to hold the blows of the gargantuan monster, but provides them with enough strength and power to escape their workshop unharmed.

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“The dieselpunk Retro Armored Mechamorph”

Mixed media, acrylica and metal, 150cmsX 90cms

This was the first painting in this series, hence the title MCH.1 (MCH for Mechamorph) in which I used a fast brush of watered down acrylic, and tried to use the movement of the brush to give more character and shadows to the central character. As in all of this series, it has strong references from Japanese anime, in this case Gundam, and urban public transportation from my dear Lima.

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“The dieselpunk Atomic Panda mechamorph”

Mixed media, acrylic on recylced card board and wood. 150cms x 90cms

The Atomic Panda, another character in Yute and Tocuyos Imachinarium, drives this powerful mechamorph to fight his once friend, and now nemesis and agent of chaos the Atomic Rabbit. Again, I’m playing here with the idea of recycling materials as its is a recurring topic in the Imachinarium (everything is junk), mechs from my childhood and symbols of our public transportation landscape. If you are a kid from the 70s or 80s you can guess that the robot is inspired in the massive and almighty Mazinger Z.

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“The dieselpunk Retro Byke Yute Mech suit”

Mixed media, 100cm X 60cms

Again this piece uses cardboard over a compilation of circuit boards combining two kinds of technology, to recycle it, and convert it into something new. The whole point of Yute and Tocuyo’s story is precisely that one: How do we use what we have, even what we most hate of ourselves and turn it into something new and if possible, beatiful and cool.

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“The Retro-truck Dieselpunk mechamorph”

Digital print on archival paper,420mm X 594mm, edition of 20

The “volquete” its a classical truck that you’ll find all around the country. It circulates on top of whichever street it needs to go to carry its load. Yute and Tocuyo have built this powerful mechamorph from the scraps of thousands of pieces of “volquetes” al around the Imachinarium to help them move the trash out of their workshop.

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“The dieselpunk Retro Plane mechamorph”

Digital print on archival paper,420mm X 594mm, edition of 20

The Retro Plane was the first of the diesel punk mechamorph machines, inspired in the classical Japanese manga and anime, Macross, named in my country as Robotech. You can see references to the VF-1 Valkyries which was, and probably is my favorite mecha together with Robocop’s ED-209, designed by Craig Haynes back in 1987.  

There is an 80s look to the machine, where robots looked more like tanks, than the slick design of an evolved iPhone.

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