A self-taught artist creates a paper menagerie by folding paper

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While some artists make sculptures from heavy materials like marble or bronze, others gravitate towards something much, much lighter. Self-taught artist Patrick Alberto Vraja meticulously scores and folds sheets of paper to create detailed sculptures of animals that look like realistic models.

Based in Romania, the 24-year-old has been creating the art of origami since he was a child. This passion, which started with paper airplanes, has now shifted to more complex subjects like birds with large feathered wings. “My last piece of origami was a huge owl,” Vraja told My Modern Met. “After completing the step-by-step tutorial, I studied the anatomy of the owl and tried to make it look realistic.” If you look closely at his owl carvings, they contain many fine features, such as talons, individual feathers, beaks, and eyes.

To tackle such ambitious subjects, the artist needs large sheets of tissue paper, which can measure up to 5 feet in length and width. “Usually, I don’t plan my origami sculptures, they come naturally to me”, continues the artist. “One day I might bend a dragon, another day an owl!” And it’s magic. I also get daily inspiration from friends, which makes me want to fold this origami as well. Along with creating these amazing models, Vraja also records her process so others can learn from her experience.

Scroll down to see more of Vraja’s sculptures and keep up to date with his latest works by following him on Instagram and TikTok.

Romanian artist Patrick Alberto Vraja creates stunning paper origami sculptures.

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Watch these videos to learn more about his origami sculptures:

Patrick Alberto Vraja: Instagram | ICT Tac

My Modern Met has granted permission to feature photos by Patrick Alberto Vraja.

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