The Childlike Wonder of Cyril Rolando’s Paintings

March 27, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
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Hey there, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi Team, back once again. If you were looking for more amazing art inspiration, then you’ve come to the right place! Stick with us and read through (or simply skim for the images) as we highlight the astoundingly imaginative paintings of Cyril Rolando, perhaps better known on the world wide web as “AquaSixio.”

Still just in his twenties, Cyril has already found his artistic voice. Some people struggle for years to find their niche, their style, their vision. But Cyril Rolando’s has already taken full form. If you want to be taken away to the imaginative feelings of childhood, look no further than his gorgeous works of art.

Let’s go ahead and take a quick virtual stroll on over to AquaSixio’s portfolio on deviantART. Immediately on the left you’ll see thumbnail images of his works (which are also available as prints). You’ll soon be struck by the wonderfully warm colors and lively flow of composition. To get a more detailed look, click on any which strike your fancy, such as “Ignore the Sparrows” or “I Don’t Come From… A Jungle.” Warm and cool colors abound here, playfully intertwining, lending their hues and tones to complement the other. You won’t find any bland color palettes here, just lovely, fun colors. When we were all children, we tended to almost always go for the most colorful crayons in the box, and it’s fantastic to see that Rolando often does the same.

Too often are artists made to feel as if their works must be “adult” and “dark.” Too often are those things associated with maturity as artists and maturity as a person. Thankfully, Rolando recognizes that mentality will only hinder our progress as artists, to pigeonhole us into one particular style. We each have our own emotions which we need to express, and while some of those are certainly darker, many of them are in fact bright and joyous.


Cyril Rolando is not only a talented digital painter, but also a teacher in the sense that he regularly posts tutorials for others to learn from his techniques. For instance, in this visual tutorial, Cyril discusses how he uses photo references when in the process of drawing to help define his forms using light and shadow. In this tutorial you’ll learn all about his process. And in this retrospective you’ll see his work as it progressed over the course of years. As you can see, his skills have increased dramatically across that time period, just as yours will with time, effort, and dedication.

As always, we want to thank you so very much for taking the time to drop by the official blog of Imikimi. If you know us at all, you’ll know that we’ll always be churning out more and more fresh content for your viewing and reading pleasure. Until then, continue to practice honing your craft! We’ll see you soon!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“I paint with shapes.” — Alexander Calder

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