Ariana Papademetropoulos makes large-scale, iridescent works that transport viewers into alien worlds.
Name: Ariana Papademetropoulos Age: 30
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
Currently Lives: In a three-story Victorian home in the Mount Washington section of Los Angeles that she shares with the musician John Carroll Kirby.
Claim to Fame: Ms. Papademetropoulos is a painter whose large-scale, hyper-realistic work offers a window into parallel universes. Her intricate renderings of abandoned interior spaces; massive opalescent soap bubbles resembling alien planets; and even the occasional pegasus have been exhibited at the Vito Schnabel Gallery in New York and Soft Opening in London. “I’m very much inspired by finding the beauty in the unknown while still being based in reality,” she said.