Ivan ‘Vania’ Zouravliov’s Dark Illustration

The Bible, Dante’s Divine Comedy, early Disney animation and North American Indians are the inspirational source of Russian-born Vania Zouravliov, son of a painter and an art teacher.
Zouravliov began experimenting with his mother’s art supplies at a very early age. By the age of 13, Zouravliov was exhibiting internationally.

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He studied in the UK, and during this time he began creating illustrations for The Scotsman and comics for Fantagraphics and Dark Horse in the US.
After finishing his studies at the Edinburgh College of Art, Zouravliov moved to London in 2000, from where he now spreads his mystical work to galleries around the world.
Additionally he has produced an enormous variety of work for magazines and CD covers, as well as for books and various erotic novels.

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“Something of a child prodigy in his homeland, he was championed by many influential classical musicians including Ashkenazi, Spivakov and Menuhin. He even had television programs made about him and was introduced to famous communist artists, godfathers of social realism, who told him that his work was from the Devil.”

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Vania Zouravliov Interwiew with www.printmag.com

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The saturine paintings by Mariusz Lewandowski

Mariusz Lewandowski was born in 1931 in Działdowo, Poland. In 1975, he painted his first oil painting.

Lewandowski’s paintings are sated by an apocalyptic mood, accentuated by the wide, dusty and simply emptied landscape he creates.

The main subject of the paintings are desolated sinking ships, wild sea and sometimes galactic and divine characters.

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sz Lewandowski “Way Through Hell“Pain”

“The Wall”

“Noahs Ark”

“A Battle”

“A Night Wanderer”

www.mariuszlewandowski.pl

Russian symbolist painter Denis Forkas Kostromitin

Denis Forkas Kostromitin was born in 1977 in Kamyshin, Russia.

He has been privately teaching painting and drawing since 2007 and has participated in various local and international exhibits. Forkas’s paintings and drawings have been featured in many international music releases as album covers.

The artist currently lives and works in Moscow.

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A Vision of ABRAXAS

Sleeping Head

The Wendigo’s Head

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Read an interesting Bio about his life and visit his facebook page.

Photographs by Francesca Woodman (1958–1981)

Francesca Woodman was born April 3, 1958, in Denver, Colorado, to well-known artists George Woodman and Betty Woodman.
Woodman used different cameras and film formats during her career, but most of her photographs were taken with medium format cameras producing square negatives.
Woodman created at least 10,000 negatives, which her parents now keep.
She also created videotapes related to her photographs in which she “methodically whitewashes her own naked body, for instance, or compares her torso to images of classical statuary.”
The only artist’s book containing Woodman’s photographs that was published during her lifetime was Some Disordered Interior Geometries. Released in January 1981 shortly before Woodman’s death.

“During her short but fruitful life, Francesca Woodman created at least 10,000 negatives; subjects featuring herself and female models. Many of her photographs show young women who are nude, who are blurred (due to movement and long exposure times), who are merging with their surroundings, or whose faces are obscured. The Woodman estate consists of over 800 prints, of which only around 120 images had been published.”

“In late 1980, Woodman became depressed due to her work and to a broken relationship. She survived a suicide attempt, after which she lived with her parents in Manhattan.On January 19, 1981, she committed suicide by jumping out a loft window in New York. She was 22.”

(Via The Macabre And the Beautifully Grotesque)