Magic Realism and Urban Fantasy

Honoring work inspired by the magic hidden in everyday life: ghosts in the alleyway, mermaids in the waterways, ancient spirits in city streets.

About This Group

Home Page Feature! March 16th, 2011

This group is inspired by the masters of magical realism and urban fantasy: Jorge Luis Borges, Charles de Lint, John Jude Palencar, Neil Gaiman, Michael Parkes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, among others.

We want to see your fine art, photography, digital art, and writing based on the ancient magic that lurks in the cities around us and the ground beneath our feet. If we know when and where to look, these shy spirits will greet us!

Magic realism is the art of weaving magic into a story/setting where the magic itself is not questioned nor considered unusual. It fits within the story as if the supernatural elements were real. And who’s to say it isn’t? In the words of Osvaldo Sabino, magic realism is “Where the fantastical and the mundane are present in equal weight.”

There is a difference between high fantasy and magic realism/urban fantasy. High fantasy is more obvious, while magic realism is very soft, shy, and subtle. It can have all the grand elements of high fantasy but without the shock value. The stories of Charles de Lint are excellent examples of urban fantasy. Jorge Luis Borges is one of the forefathers of magic realism, which originated in South America where magic is not questioned so much as in other areas of the world. As an English professor once stated, "In South America they don’t call it magic realism. They just call it realism. -Lily

Our latest avatar

The Rain Inside
by Danilo Lejardi

Our very first, beautiful avatar:

GROUP AVATAR (CHALLENGE)
Someone to watch over me
by Karen Helgesen

Because of the high amount of beautiful raven/crow art in this group, we would like to invite you to join Raven Heart: Corvus Toto Pectore … meanwhile, keep your Corvidae art coming our way!

See the group rules and join this group here