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Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

Mini copy of the paintings of Van Gogh on the boxes of matches

Mini copy of the paintings of Van Gogh on the boxes of matches. Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

When 42-year-old Salavat Fidai left the large trading company he became … a freelance artist. He says he was just tired from the office. He moved with his family to the village, where he organized a workshop and began to create. As a child Salavat was fond of woodcarving. His parents were professional artists, teachers. Mom taught fine arts for children, his father was the director of a correctional school. They instilled in Salavat a love for art. He wanted to enter the art Institute but failed, and studied to become a lawyer. Once, jokingly, he painted a portrait of Van Gogh on a matchbox. He got carried away. Thus, he began painting miniatures on pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, on a grain of rice. It takes Salavat from 6 to 12 hours of hard work to carve a miniature sculpture on the tip of a pencil. Today, works by Salavat Fidai are known to art collectors worldwide.

Astronaut

Astronaut

For such a small and hard work the artist uses a large magnifying glass, cutter and thin brush. “in every job I invest part of my soul. At the moment, I carved out about 40 pencils. For one carving I spend from 6 to 12 hours. Particularly complex sculptures take 2-3 days, with breaks. Painting on seeds takes 3-4 hours, although I painted mini-replica of “Red vineyards” by Van Gogh for 3 days”.

Bart Simpson

Bart Simpson

Salavat Fidai was born in 1972 in the village of Iglinsk district of Bashkotarstan, Russia.

Big Ben

Big Ben

Breaking Bad on pumpkin seed

Breaking Bad on pumpkin seed

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Carving on the tip of a pencil

Carving on the tip of a pencil

Carving on the tip of a pencil

Carving on the tip of a pencil. Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

Designs of mobile phones

Designs of mobile phones

Diver

Diver

Do not harm the animals! We are all earthlings ... Salavat Fidai

Do not harm the animals! We are all earthlings … Salavat Fidai

Fish from The Box trolls

Fish from The Box trolls

Guitar

Guitar

Happy Victory Day

Happy Victory Day

Love. Carving on the tip of a pencil

Love. Carving on the tip of a pencil

Miner

Miner. Carving on the tip of a pencil. Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

Mini copy of the painting of Van Gogh 'At the gates of eternity' on the box of matches

Mini copy of the painting of Van Gogh ‘At the gates of eternity’ on the box of matches

Mini copy of the painting of Van Gogh 'Starry Night' on a pumpkin seed

Mini copy of the painting of Van Gogh ‘Starry Night’ on a pumpkin seed

Mini copy of Van Gogh painting 'Portrait of Dr. Gachet' on the box of matches

Mini copy of Van Gogh painting ‘Portrait of Dr. Gachet’ on the box of matches

Mini copy of Van Gogh painting 'The Red Vineyard'

Mini copy of Van Gogh painting ‘The Red Vineyard’

mini replica of Van Gogh's 'Terrace cafe at Night' (acrylic matches) 2015

mini replica of Van Gogh’s ‘Terrace cafe at Night’ (acrylic matches) 2015

Miniature 'Maid of the Renaissance' on persimmon seed

Miniature ‘Maid of the Renaissance’ on persimmon seed

Miniature painting of three famous paintings mixed in one

Miniature painting of three famous paintings mixed in one

Miniature painting on persimmon seed

Miniature painting on persimmon seed

Pistol

Pistol. Carving on the tip of a pencil. Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

Plane

Plane. Carving on the tip of a pencil. Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

poor Yorick

‘Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio’. Carving on the tip of a pencil. Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

Running girl

Running girl

Sifnos. Greece. (Running girl) size 30x40cm oil. Color interpretation of famous photos of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai. The painting is in a private collection.

'Sail' Burj Al Arab in Dubai

‘Sail’ Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Snake

Snake. Carving on the tip of a pencil. Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower. Carving on the tip of a pencil. Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

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