We’ve noticed that the topic of paper-cutting became quite viral these days. All sorts of photos with this kind of artwork started to invade the web, so we thought we should have a look-see! As always, we want to bring you the best of them all, no matter what the field is. We came across a Japanese artist that goes by the name RIU, who creates some of the most intricate pieces of artwork using this technique of papercutting..

Before we go on by presenting you his photos, we want to explain what is in fact papercutting. Basically, using a very simple deffinition, papercutting or paper cutting is the art of cutting paper designs. The art has evolved uniquely all over the world to adapt to different cultural styles. Paper is a simple material that can be manipulated in endless ways. From flat pieces to 3 dimensional sculptures and installations, to photographic images and animation, paper has the potential to become anything. It’s history is of yore, the oldest surviving paper cut out is a symmetrical circle from the 6th century Six Dynasties period found in Xinjiang China. Believe it or not, paper-cutting continued to be practiced since then and until now, gaining a lot of popularity due to its delicacy.

RIU starts by drawing an image, which is then cut using different kinds of scalpels and it requires a very steady hand. If you want to see what I’m talking about, check the photo selection below. It makes you wanna start doing this…we bet it’s very relaxing.You can see more of his work on Instagram, here.

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