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Art of Dior Vargas

Batik paintings on wood covered with rice paper. His paintings have been collected by the Sultan of Brunei, Princess Diana, Rockefeller, Sean Connery, Emperor of Japan, Jackeline Kennedy Onassis, and others.

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Original paintings on batik rice paper on wood.

Vargas learned this 13th century Japanese dye technique in Japan under one of four living masters, Takeo Nakamura. Vargas was the last person in the world to master this technique.

A Master of Batik Rice Paper

Many artists create pieces that are original, but an artist who's work is truely unique comes along quite rarely. Dior Vargas is one of those artists. He combines ancient oriental techniques with a post-modernist, north-American flare.

Batik on rice paper originated in Japan and it's techniques are traditionally passed on from generation to generation. Takeo Nakamura, one of the few surviving artists to master the batik technique at the time, accepted Vargas as his student. Dior Vargas studied under this Japanese artist and is now thought to be the world's foremost practitioner of this ancient style. He had become so at ease with the methodology required to create a batik piece, that he was able to lay batik patterns on almost any surface. He has laid batik on everything from paper to vases and even on furniture. To date, one of his most fabulous creations is a 1928 Ford Phaeton, which has been entirely laid with batik inside and out; complete with the artist's signature on the dashboard. It's truly a one-of a kind luxury item. Vargas batiks are not only original works of art, they are quite beautiful and somewhat mysterious; important elements often ignored in modern, post-modern and contemporary art.


Ancient Japanese Traditional Art Technique