Alien Ape Star
About the Artist
Costin George Benescu is a Romanian designer and artist, born in 1983. He has a BA in Fashion Design and previous experience in Toy Design, Visual Development for Comics, Animation and Games, Marketing Art and Illustration. In Denmark since August 2016 until March 2021 he’s been enjoying working as a Concept Designer at LEGO in Billund and getting involved with cultural innovation with Spinderiehallerne in Vejle.
He previously co-curated the MechXhibition and DrawnIn art exhibitions while also organizing kit-bashing and up-cycling art workshops. His sustainable focus, sensibilities and playful nature define his broad style and passions. Some of his interests and artistic playgrounds are Sci-Fi, biohacking, kit-bashing, visual storytelling, virtual reality sculpting, animation and drawing. Since 2018 he incorporated VR and since 2021 also NFTs into his art practice.
Alien Ape Star is in fact a phygital artist – combining the best aspects of physical and digital art he is passionate about the artistic process and discovering new workflows. Many times he likes to jump back and forward from pencil on paper to virtual reality sculpting then back to painting in watercolour or oils and drawing with ink or markers. He enjoys traditional sculpting using a method that gained popularity among visual effects professionals in the 70s: kit-bashing. All the amazing space ships and much of the sci-fi sets you see in movies like Star Wars, Alien etc. are put together from different kit pieces, upcycled electronics and mechanical pieces “bashed” into a sculpture maquette.