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Meet the Greek-American Who Makes Art Using the Sun

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Micheal Papadakis at work. Credit: Twitter/Micheal Papadakis/Sunscribes

Greek-American artist Michael Papadakis, also known as Sunscribes, is known as a master of utilizing the power of the sun to create art, a process known as “heliography.”

Heliography is a photographic process originally invented by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in the early 1820s.

It employs the tremendous power of the sun’s rays to create art by scorching the surface of the artist’s chosen canvas.

The heat and power of the sun creates chemical changes on the specially-coated surface of various media, usually wood, that leaves a stunning image on the canvas.

This method of using the sun to create spectacular works of art results in outstanding, unique pieces.

Greek-American learned the sun art technique in Asia

Papadakis first became aware of this rare but spectacular form of sunlight art after a trip he took to Asia.

After observing the technique, which involves utilizing magnifying glasses to increase the power of the sun’s rays, Papadakis took up this art form himself, becoming one of the most reputable heliographers internationally.

He brought the art form to his home state of Colorado, in the US, from Asia, and the community has fallen in love with his incredible sunlight pieces.

Papadakis utilizes large wooden blocks to create logos and signs, as well as landscapes, faces, and even entire portraits.

The Greek-American sunlight artist produces a wide variety of pieces, deftly creating delicate lines and shapes by using the sunlight and his special tools alone.

Papadakis’ work has gone viral on social media, with thousands of people following the creation of his latest pieces of art.

The Greek-American’s artistic creations are often modeled after figures that inspire him, including Albert Einstein.

Along with his thousands of social media admirers, Papadakis has also gained fans from his various television appearances, where he showcases his stunning sun artworks.

He has taken part in quite a few American television shows—in front of amazing audiences— with his talent, tenacity and creativity.

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