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Mystery and Magic
Vania Zouravliov grew up in an artistic family. His mother was an art teacher, so he learned to paint at an early age. The influences of his adolescence are both typical and unusual. The Bible, Dante’s Divine Comedy, early Disney cartoons, and North American Indians were among them. Very quickly, he is qualified as a prodigy. He appeared in several Russian television programs. At the age of 13, Zuravliov exhibited internationally, no less.
Zuravliov’s richly detailed illustrations play with innocence, eroticism, brutality, and ethereality. He has cited Paolo Roversi as one of his influences and you can certainly see similarities in their work. Stunning portraits of beautiful yet disconcerting women. They mesmerize you with their haggard gaze. In addition, Zuravliov’s illustrations also have the look of daguerreotype photography, that sepia and ancient look so unique to early photography.
This balance between classic and modern, as well as elements of Eastern and Western cultures, creates otherworldly scenes. A style that corresponds to the representation of fantasies and myths, but also fears and the macabre. So what could be more logical than to find a work around Game of Thrones, symbolizing all the inspirations of Vania in a way.
To discover the work of Vania Zouravliov is to open a door to an absolutely hallucinated imagination, crazy with details and imagination. Clearly, this is an artistic journey from which one does not return unscathed.