Looking at the artwork of Alex Andreyev will take you to places that may or may not exist in the far future. Most of his work incorporates a bit of dystopian undercurrent but they are all undeniably full of imagination. Alex hails from the Russian Federation and has more than twenty years of experience in graphic design under his belt. He said: “It sounds paradoxical but digital art attracts me because it is free of technological influence. While in traditional arts technologies dramatically limit the artist — his ability to stylize works in graphics or extremely time consuming process of paint drying, in digital painting I sit in front of a screen, grab the stylus and see the result immediately. And I am really glad people find in my work emotions similar to those I used to experience while creating my works.”
Baydakov Aleksey is a Russian artist who has a wonderful way with caricatures. His cartoon caricatures of the stereotypical mobster, cop, and sailor not only captures their very essence, it also has a humorous twist. Aleksey’s may have drawn them a little out of proportion, but proportion is the last thing you’d expect from a cartoon character. He has worked in collaboration with different advertising agencies and magazines as an illustrator. He currently lives and works in Moscow
Georgy Kurasov was born in 1958 in the USSR, in what was then Leningrad. He still lives and works in the same place, but now the country is Russia and the city is called St Petersburg. Without any effort on his part whatsoever, Georgy seems to have emigrated from one surreal country to another. His native city was irrational from the very moment of its foundation. Situated on the same latitude as the southern shores of Alaska, on the swampy delta of the River Neva where no one had ever settled before, this new capital city grew up on the very edge of a monstrous empire. Here on the totally flat surface carved across by rivers, streams and canals, European architects laid out, like images on a canvas, straight avenues, streets and squares, they built Greco-Roman porticoes and Baroque palazzi, erected sculptures and fountains, amidst something akin to permafrost where half the year is dominated by ice and frost and the other half by damp and rain. It is hard to find a more artificial – more artistic – city.
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Human skin is a difficult medium as it tends to stretch and sag over time. Tattoo artists have come a long way since the art started several thousand years ago. These days, tattoos are colored, shaded, and some are even life-like. TAttoo artist Den Yakovlevhas been making waves in his native Russia with his life-like tattoos. He doesn’t just ink a design onto your skin, he creates a masterpiece. Believe it or not, some of his work (like the pizza slice below) are even in 3D. Den is known for his unusual designs as well as the incredible amount of detail he puts into his work.
Plosky Tolbachik is an active volcano located in the eastern edge of Russia. A pair of thrill-seeking photographers, Andrey and Liudmila, braved the dangers of an active volcano and barely got away with these sensational pictures. They were calmly standing a safe distance away from the active lava flow when tragedy struck: “at some point we realised that something was in the way of lava stream, and it was getting through every hole and crack it could find – or break through. It looks like that the crater, on the edge of which we were standing, actually saved our lives because at least lava started leaking inside it, instead of swelling up the slope.” One of the volcanologists lost his backpack to an errant lava flow, but the pair got away with bragging rights and scores of hard-core photos.
Varya Kolesnikova creates fanciful illustrations for Children’s storybooks. She has a simple, yet cinematographic way of presenting the characters in her illustrations. Her work makes favorite childhood characters come alive. The compositions leave a deep impression with youngsters. She lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 1963, Andy Prokh was born in the small rural town of Ural in Russia. He is an economist by profession but was always a photographer at heart. He started engaging in professional photography around seven years ago. His favorite subjects are himself, his daughter Katya, and his cat Tom. Katya and Tom are usually posed in wacky shots that highlight the contrast (or in some cases, the similarity) between a girl and a cat. In case you aren’t wearing your glasses, the cat’s the one on the right.
Stanislav Aristov’s match art was born when he was unable to come up with an idea for a photo competition. He lit a match (out of boredom, I assume, since he doesn’t smoke) and observed the patterns formed by the flame. He found out that the burned wood also had artistic potential. He has had no professional exhibitions yet, but his work is slowly getting international attention over the internet.
Julia Tsoona has joined the ranks of the obviously talented yet relatively unknown artists. She hails from Izhevsk, Russia. That is all we know about her, yet a fleeting glance at her photos and you can see she’s bursting with talent. I won’t at all be surprised if I hear of her winning some prestigious award for her work.