For the past decade, John Hiltunen has dedicated himself to creating anthropomorphic paper collages, playfully reorienting the conventional dynamic between man and beast. Direct and intense, the stunning reversals and inversions of his images reflect the care dedicated to their creation. Taken from fashion catalogs and travel magazines, Hiltunen invests substantial time arranging the components, laying them out on a table and considering the various options before achieving exactly the right effect.
A Kentuckian by birth, Hiltunen currently resides in Fremont, California and attends the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland – a world-renowned art studio that serves artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Hiltunen has exhibited at White Columns and the Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York and his work has been shown at a number of contemporary art fairs. In 2013 Hiltunen was a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award.