Art Kaleidoscope

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Tapestry by Alla Kirillova

Tapestry by Alla Kirillova

Wildflowers in a vase, still life. Tapestry by Alla Kirillova

Made in the original technique, Tapestry by Alla Kirillova at first glance looks like oil paintng. However, as you get closer to the work, the illusions disappear: made of multicolored woolen threads and textile pieces become noticeable. Indeed, there is an incredible desire to touch this beauty and make sure that this is not an optical illusion, but really tapestries. Born in the city of Rasskazovo, Tambov region, Russian craftswoman Alla Kirillova graduated from the School of Industrial Art in Moscow. At first, she worked as an artist at the jewelry factory, then as an advertising artist, and painter of fabrics. In addition, she worked as a teacher, leading arts and crafts studio “Experiment” in a family orphanage. As a result, for all fifteen years of her work in the studio, young artists presented their painting and craft works in more than 60 exhibitions. Besides, seven of them – international – Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Sweden. Tapestry by Alla Kirillova are in many private collections in Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Germany, Thailand, France and America.
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Maria Jia steampunk jewelry

Chameleon. Maria Jia steampunk jewelry

Chameleon. Biomechanical, polymer, steampunk. Maria Jia steampunk jewelry. Krasnodar, Russia

Maria Jia steampunk jewelry
Designer, jeweler and steampunk artist Maria Jia lives and works in Krasnodar, Russia. Beautiful and talented artist graduated from Krasnodar Art School. She makes jewelry in the style of steampunk, cyberpunk, and bio-mechanics. Basic materials for her hand-made art – polymer clay, clockworks, acrylic, and lacquer. Amphibians and reptiles, fantasy and mystic characters – the main inspiration for her art. Maria shares her crafts conducting workshops on steampunk jewelry.
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Belarusian artist Alexander Khodyukov

Painting by Belarusian artist Alexander Khodyukov

Yellow autumn. Painting by Belarusian artist Alexander Khodyukov

Born in 1966, Belarusian artist Alexander Khodyukov lives and works in his native Vitebsk. Interestingly, the artist intentionally does not give names to his paintings. “Let everyone who is interested and has a desire – give his own name, according to his vision and imagination”. The artist works in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. He does not adhere to any certain style, painting beautiful landscapes, portraits, marine species, and still life. Among his works are also surreal worlds, fantasy, and nude. Meanwhile, art lovers know and highly appreciate paintings by Belarusian artist worldwide. They are in public and private collections in Belarus, Russia and abroad.
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Decorative painting by Marina Polyakova

Angels. Decorative painting by Marina Polyakova

Beautiful Angel. Decorative painting by Marina Polyakova

Decorative painting by Marina Polyakova – saturated marks, lines, and color spots. At the same time, they are synthesis and eclectic mix of styles and techniques. Marina works in the genre of ethnic-decorative painting. The novelty of her paintings in conjunction of original images and unique author’s technique. Marina herself determines her direction in painting as an emotional decorativism. She says: “My work is like patchwork fabric. People like returning to childhood. We like to remember what we saw as a child. It is probably a rug hanging over our bed. And the fact is that these child experience accompanies us through a lifetime.
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Still life photography by Irina Prikhodko

Magic lanterns. Still life Photography by Irina Prikhodko

Magic lanterns. Beautiful Still life Photography by Irina Prikhodko

Still life photography by Irina Prikhodko
Russian self-taught photographer Irina Prikhodko (nee Syrtsova) likes to photograph still life. To her, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary thing. Irina sees beauty in everything that surrounds her, and as a talented artist, through her art tries to show it to us. Created by her photo gallery, which reminds paintings of Renaissance artists, includes beautiful images of still life with flowers, berries, cats and dogs. She was born April 10, 1960 in Buzuluk of Orenburg region. Irina graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Management in the extractive industries and metallurgy of Moscow State Open University in 1985. She worked as an economist. Currently the photo artist lives in the city of Mozyr of Belarus.
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Coffee improvisations by Maria Skorodumova

Steampunk butterfly. Paper, coffee, gel pen, colored pencils. Coffee improvisations by Maria Skorodumova

Butterfly. Steampunk insect. Paper, coffee, gel pen, colored pencils. Coffee improvisations by Maria Skorodumova

Coffee improvisations by Maria Skorodumova
Born in 1981 in the city of Kurgan, Russian artist Maria Skorodumova (nee Zaitseva) always loved to draw. Age 14, she graduated from Kurgan art school. Meanwhile, in 1998 Maria participated in the competition “Talented Children of Russia” (Moscow), where she won 3rd place in the category “Painting and Graphics.” Meanwhile, she entered the Faculty of Psychology of Kurgan State University, from which she graduated in 2004. However, she returned to the art and participated in exhibitions of amateur artists of Kurgan region. Thus, began her exhibition activity. In particular, in 2014 she participated in the international competition “Art Salon 2014”. Then, in September and October 2014 Maria had solo exhibition “Improvisation on a theme of coffee” in Ivanovo.
Illustrations of the author decorate several books and lots of postcards. Maria Skorodumova actively participates in creative competitions, festivals and projects. In addition, she conducts online course on development of creative imagination on her author’s program. Inm fact, Maria works in several directions: pointillism, symbolism, and naive art. Techniques used by the author, are also different: tempera painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, and batik.
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Steampunk painting by Andrey Gusarenko

Law of multiply money. Steampunk painting by Andrey Gusarenko

Law of multiply money. Steampunk painting by Andrey Gusarenko

Steampunk painting by Andrey Gusarenko
Talented painter, sculptor, and steampunk artist Andrey Gusarenko lives and works in Yalta – the southern city of Crimea, Russia. He works in different techniques, and with different materials. The art gallery of Andrey Gusarenko includes paintings, drawings, batik, mosaics, sculptures, airbrush, body art, engravings on glass, and steampunk. Gusarenko developed several new techniques, based on a combination of different materials, called combined painting. Particularly, a combination of painting with real inlays, complemented with volumetric elements. The other word for his art – Assemblage. Assemblage art works is a three-dimensional object, with the inclusion of non-fiction materials and found objects, until debris. Besides, this style has its roots in the technique of collage – graphic work, mounted as a single composition of parts of different nature and different backgrounds.
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