Klaus Enrique

“Arcimboldo, Primavera”


I decided to recreate Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s work in photographs. Although most recognize the images immediately as portraits, there are many people who do not. At first they only see the individual parts of the image: the fruits, flowers, and vegetables. But after looking at it for a while, they realize that it’s a portrait of a person. To see that thought process being played out in real time is very satisfying to me because it mimics the thinking behind the art: that simple organic objects come together to create something more meaningful than the sum of its parts.


Born in 1975, Enrique grew up in Mexico City. He studied Genetics at the University of Nottingham, England, and received an MBA from Columbia Business School. Enrique worked as a freelance IT consultant before turning to photography, which he studied at Parsons and SVA. He began to receive worldwide attention in 2007 when his portrait “Mother & Daughter” was short-listed for the Portrait Prize at London’s National Portrait Gallery. His first solo show in New York City was in 2008 at the Clementine Gallery. His work has been featured in a growing number shows worldwide. He lives in Mexico City.

Selected by Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland.