Born in North Dakota, Neal Peterson is an artist now based in Minneapolis. We were drawn to his series “Urban Mandalas,” a thought-provoking reflection on city life. In our interview, Neal revealed how he used Buddhist mandalas as a jumping off point to create hypnotizing and detailed cityscapes from hundreds of photos. The cities he chose included Reykjavik, Mexico City and the secretive capital of North Korea, Pyongyang. His work has been featured in Elle Decor, Harper's Bazaar, VICE, and more.
“The Buddhists likened their mandalas to maps of the universe – the idea is that everything is connected. That’s how I feel when I walk through cities; they are each a unique microcosm of life.”