‘Phantom Thief’ © 2017 Carlos Aleman (Click image to enlarge)
“40 x 30” Acrylic on Canvas
This painting is of a cosplayer dressed up as one of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts from the Japanese role playing video game, Persona 5. The ‘thieves’ are a group of people that steal the hearts of corrupt people in order to change society for the better. I’ve never played the game, but in my exploration of Otaku culture, I’ve found many cosplay costumes to be a striking reflection of our times.