Laura Cesari - Decorative Magic-Realist Art

About Laura Cesari

Laura Cesari's decorative magic-realist artwork brings a sense of ornament and surrealism to everyday objects such as jewelry, clothing, software, and furniture.

Ranging from infographic jewelry, to illuminated evening gowns, to software adorned with mythical creatures, Laura Cesari's artwork has been featured in a range of publications and venues, including The Planetary Society, ELLE Magazine Argentina, ELLE DECOR Italia, Craft:zine, MAKE:, SIGGRAPH, Maker Faire, CNET news, and Burning Man Center Camp Cafe.

In addition, Laura Cesariís animation work with the art group Electric Sheep has featured prominently in music videos, articles, and films, and shown internationally in galleries and museums, including Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art (LACMA), Museum of Contemporary Art of Western Spain (MEIAC), Museum of Modern Art (MoMA New York), Chelsea Art Museum, The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Streaming Museum, ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum, and the Museum of the Moving Image New York.


Awesome writers pick Laura's brain to reveal more details about her design process & artistic inspiration:

Interview with Emily Lakdawalla of The Planetary Society:
The Solar System, In Jewelry Form

Interview with Rachel Hobson of Craftzine:
Artist Explores Universe through Solar System Necklaces

Art Style: Decorative Magic-Realism

Decorative magic-realism infuses the world with feral beauty. In combining mythical beings and ornamentation with unlikely subjects and materials, decorative magic-realist artworks inspire positive relationships with the unconventional beauty of everyday objects and the curious intricacies of the universe.

Design Work

Please visit, to see Laura's design work and informational sites about selected projects in interactive content design, graphics, and illustration for a wide range of clients. Laura has designed kits and step-by-step instructional patterns available through MAKE: Magazine's Maker Shed and the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center gift shop; her decorative software work has been published through Mozilla Firefox Web Browser and WinAmp Media Player; and she has created ads, graphics and interface designs for tech accesories company Speck Products, software art phenomena Scott Draves & electric sheep, and educational software company Scientific Learning Corporation.


Laura Cesari has taught courses in Interactive Design, Animation, Drawing, Illustration, Information Design, and Interface Graphics, since 2002.

She's currently teaching Interactive Design and Animation in the Motion Graphic Design program at Expression College for Digital Arts, and she has previously taught courses on Drawing, Illustration, Anatomy for Artists, Information Design, and Interface Graphics at the Art Institute of California, San Diego.

Laura's Bachelor of Arts degree work at the University of California, San Diego featured a dual emphasis in Traditional Studio Arts and Interdisciplinary Computing Arts, and earned a Stewart Prize in art study and support from the Russell Grant and U.S. Grants foundations.