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Watch This Food Artist Create Surreal Visuals With Noodles

Paul Fuentes is a graphic designer known for his ironic, and somewhat metaphoric illustrations that combine an avant-garde approach to art by incorporating aspects of food, surrealism and inspiration from everyday life. With more than 200K followers on Instagram, Fuentes is on the verge of becoming a household name.

Recently, Fuentes’ art was featured within the Museum of Ice Cream, where thousands of people were able to admire the seamless mashup of fantasy and reality he creates within his art.  

In continuation of the FOODBEAST video series in collaboration with Nissin Cup Noodles®, Just Warmin’ Up, we sat down with Fuentes to discuss his creative process, his ability to create art outside his comfort zone, and why he loves yarn so much.

The Just Warmin’ Up series spotlights young, up-and-coming entertainers and entrepreneurs riding their own wave to success.

Fuentes find his creative inspiration from real life situations. He can become inspired from simple, everyday situations. Anything from conversations with friends, or a trip to the supermarket has the ability to spark a new idea.   

Fuentes’ tendency to incorporate vibrant shades of pastel into his artwork in the form of bright blue and pink backgrounds is a direct correlation to Mexico City, where he was born and raised.

It’s easy to see Fuentes adopts his surrealistic concepts from a database of common and relatable objects like fruit, animals and nature. Although there is no true formula to his artistic process, Fuentes capitalizes on the use of mixed media, paint, photography, and hours of Photoshop magic to create his inspiring and never-before-seen designs.  

“Every image has their own story, their own background,” he said. “What I try to do is open my own senses, and get ready for everything.”

For Fuentes, it’s all about being inspired by his surrounding environment. While it might seem effortless to some, Fuentes explained that he can hit creative roadblocks. Ironically, Fuentes has appreciation for those stagnant artistic periods, because it forces him to work outside of his comfort zone.

“I kind of appreciate it when it happens, it means I’m not in a comfort zone,” he said. “It means it’s time to move on, don’t care about the block just keep going.”

Learn more about Paul and his life in our latest episode of Just Warmin’ Up.


Created in partnership with Original Cup Noodles

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The Museum of Ice Cream Continues On To San Francisco With Even Sweeter Installations

Folks in the Bay Area now have their chance to scream for the Museum of Ice Cream. Following wildly successful runs in New York and Los Angeles, “the Hamilton of museums” as dubbed by Jimmy Kimmel, has made its way to the Bay Area to spread its sweetness to more fans.

The equally visual and flavorful phenomenon has taken social media by storm with eye-popping installations like playful swings, giant gummy bears, scratch & sniff wallpaper, and other whimsically themed rooms. Each of these aspects within the whole exhibit are highly interactive and provide prime content for your social media platforms.

For the SF iteration of the MOIC, Founder and Creative Director Maryellis Bunn has kicked up the level of excitement with vibrant and fun installations like a Rainbow room with secret access to a disco room celebrating the history of San Francisco, a Pop Rocks room with a rock climbing wall, and of course the iconic and Insta-famous Sprinkle Pool. With cotton candy, Unicorn Milk ice cream, My/Mo Mochi, and tons of tastings throughout you will also get to enjoy the launch of Bunn’s own ice cream.

You can grab tickets at the Museum of Ice Cream website, with an extended run up until February 2018.

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Here Are All The Details On The Museum Of Ice Cream Coming Soon To The West Coast

You know the age old adage, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for Museum of Ice Cream!” At least I think that’s how it went. Sorry, recent news of an actual Museum of Ice Cream coming to Los Angeles kind of got that whole notion stuck in my head. Epic right?

Well, for the specific deets, ice cream lovers can flock to Downtown Los Angeles’ Art District from April 22 to May 29 to experience their wildest ice cream dreams come true at the Museum of Ice Cream.

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The Museum of Ice Cream first popped up in New York City in 2016 and captured the hearts of all frozen treat lovers the world over. Now making its way to the West Coast, only four times larger, the highly anticipated Los Angeles debut will feature interactive highlights like a “banana split” comprised of ten thousand “bananas,” a mint “grow house,” a room dedicated to California, a melted popsicle jungle, and more. Even the swimmable sprinkle pool returns, full of one hundred million sprinkles that were custom designed and produced by Museum of Ice Cream.

Presale tickets are available exclusively for American Express Platinum Card Members starting on Thursday, March 30 at 9am PST, then all American Express Card Members on Friday, March 31 at 9am PST. Tickets are open to the public for purchase on Monday, April 3 at 9am PST at museumoficecream.com.

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Oh, and of course we can’t forget about the real ice cream. Local notables like McConnell’s, Salt & Straw, Coolhaus, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, and CREAM will be showcasing a “scoop of the week” throughout the Museum of Ice Cream’s residency.

Go ahead and get your culture on at the Museum of Ice Cream, open from April 22 until May 29 from 11am-10pm, Wednesday-Monday. Tickets include two curated ice cream tastings and surprise edible treats, with prices of  $29 per person, $18 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+).