Ivan Aflifan is a Russian Painter and illustrator who’s currently based in Canada. His growing acclaim may be attributed to the fact that his work is excellent without succumbing to the mainstream expectations.When asked about his artistic process, he said: “Art is beyond an image of perception and creativity. Art is part of the past, present, future, where one can interpret their own view. Painting allows me as an artist to express my strengths or my vulnerability. Each brushstroke builds up a story, a life and, a passion.” Unsurprisingly, Ivan is the son of the famous Russian painter Anna Razumovskaya.
Matt Story is an American artist who, at an early age, demonstrated a unique skill for rendering verisimilitude, or hyper-realism. He has worked as a technical illustrator and graphic artist in his early teens. He went into film and television production which almost drove him crazy at some point. He said: “The more prestigious and worthy a project became, the more money, the more risk, the more committees, the more people were involved and the less you, as an artist, had to do with the final outcome.” Matt’s work in film and television is currently on hiatus as he pursues hyper-realistic oil painting. Matt added: “I was lauded for ‘photo-realistic’ technique, but I was never after that, really, after what a camera impartially sees, because there’s so much more there, captured only by the human filter of memory. I try to paint contemporary life as to capture crystals of pristine memory that we all share but never describe to one another. ”
Othman Toma believes that desserts should delicious and pretty. Not content with the usual medium of oil paints, charcoal and watercolor, he set about creating awesome paintings with his favorite frozen treats. In the hands of an amateur, I’d have called it a waste of perfectly good ice cream, but seeing how good Othman’s artwork turned out, sacrificing a couple of chocolate pops is perfectly justifiable. Othma is currently melting more ice cream to paint with in Baghdad, Iraq.
Jose Emroca Flores is a California-based artist who spent much of his youth on a skateboard. When not building makeshift ramps from scrap wood he could usually be found drawing while listening to his favorite music. Jose attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco where he learned to develop his skills in making his imagination come to life through art. His talent allowed him to accumulate a prestigious list of clients including: EA games, Nike, Paramount, Universal, Marvel, FHM, and Maxim to name but a few. Jose is currently based in Carlsbad, California.
Olga Tereshenko is a young, up-and-coming artist who does little to hide the fact that she’s a fan of Sherlock, Dr. House, and Tolkien. Her portraits are utterly recognizable and beautifully rendered. At only 25 years old, she has loads of potential to become the next big thing in the art world. Aside from awesome portraits of Dr. House, Sherlock, and Gandalf, Olga has also made digital portraits of contemporary Hollywood characters and actors like Maleficent, Adrian Brody, and Loki.
He is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
Toronto-based artist Charles Bierk uses oil on canvas to create paintings that look like realistic pencil drawings on paper.
B. 1987. Lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
OCAD U, 2011, Drawing and Painting, Toronto, Canada.
Charles Bierk begins with a photograph of a face which then becomes source material for a monolithic, monochromatic portrait. A second identical portrait is also presented. But his one details Bierk’s technical process – his grid, the worn spots his hands and materials made on the source image. Finally, the source image is photographed for exhibition. Zac, the subject of the paintings and photograph, is beautiful and ultimately elusive but Bierk’s process is transparent.
Cbloxx grew up in the grim industrial town of Huddersfield in Yorkshire. She is a self-taught artist who, by dint of sheer will and talent, shed the trappings of small town syndrome by going against the flow of convention. Her day job involves working with disaffected youths, at night however, she’s a freelance street artist who spray paints a number of interesting art on walls. Cbloxx’s gritty style is a mishmash of the psychedelic, surrealism, and tribal references. Her art is created in layers with freehand drawing, spraypaint, markers, and her veery own handmade stencils.
Jeremy Mann is a very talented painter who specializes in gritty cityscapes done in oil and canvas. According to one website: “Each of his works seems so wholly genuine, a mix of mystery and grit that brings a sublime light to iconic cities like New York and San Francisco.” Well said, except that the subjects of his paintings could very well be any highly urbanized city – crowded and teeming with life and ceaselessly busy. His style is light-years away from realism, as a matter of fact, he seems to strive for blurriness, yet each scene he captures on canvas is perfectly recognizable. When not making awesome paintings of cities, he also paints still lifes, landscapes, and the human figure. Jeremy can usually be found in his studio in San Francisco. If you’d like to gawk at his work some more, there’s some currently on display at the John Pence Gallery.
At first glance, Eloy Morales’s self-portraits are nothing to be excited about. It’s when you take a closer look at his paintings that you realize that this guy has oodles of talent. Talented Spanish artist Eloy Morales has created an eye-catching series of self portraits with an interesting catch – they’re not photographs, they’re paintings. He’s one of the next-generation of artists who’s taking realism to the next level: photorealism. As a matter of fact, Eloy’s paintings are even better than shots captured by some low-end digital cameras. According to him, his work is a conceptual self-portrait, the paint on his face is a reflection of his complex relationship with paint. It takes Eloy more than a month to paint each extremely detailed self-portrait. He said: “I’m very disciplined, but I need to be alone to develop my work. I’ve got my studio separate from my home so I can concentrate, I need to be alone while painting.”
Taisuke Mohri was born in Sapporo, Japan on 1938. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Arts from the prestigious Tokyo Art University in 2009. His work has been featured in several group exhibitions in Tokyo including “FRANTIC UNDERLINES” by Frantic Gallery in 2010, “Extra Real” Exhibition by ULTRA002 in Spiral Garden, and “Graduated Works Exhibition of Tokyo Art University” by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recently, he has had a couple of solo exhibition of his work at the Frantic Gallery in Tokyo, “”The Resurrections” and “The Cracked Portraits”.