Art Kaleidoscope

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Rainy city – Photo art by Eduard Gordeyev

Rainy city - Photo art by Eduard Gordeyev

Autumn rain in St. Petersburg. Rainy city – Photo art by Eduard Gordeyev

Rainy city – Photo art by Eduard Gordeyev
There are times when the art world seems like a religious empire. There are great cathedral galleries and pilgrimage sites where treasured art pieces are displayed like holy relics, and this can certainly be a great pleasure on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Michael Leunig.
Talented St. Petersburg based photographer Eduard Gordeyev creates completely unique photographs, resembling oil painting. These unusual photos show us the life of large European cities St. Petersburg and Lisbon on rainy days. These works of photo art are filled with a certain melancholy, but it’s a nice feeling. Rainy weather, going about their business townspeople, cars and public transport – all these characters are in his photographs. The unusual style of photography brought Eduard Gordeyev some popularity among fans of photography, his pictures of urban landscapes are very different from the works of other famous authors.
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Exquisite Porcelain art by Irina Zaitceva

Hand-built high-fire porcelain, over-glaze painting, 24k gold luster. Exquisite Porcelain art by Irina Zaitceva

Female portrait on a butterfly winged cup. Exquisite Porcelain art by Irina Zaitceva

Exhibited in St. Petersburg Hermitage, Exquisite Porcelain art by Irina Zaitceva is, without doubts, a recognized talent of the master. Her truly unique and beautiful art consists of fairy-tales and mythical illusions, celebrating Her majesty Nature.
Born in 1957 in Moscow, Irina Zaiceva graduated from Moscow Art Institute in 1982, specializing in Book Illustration. However, at the age of 33 she, with her family, emigrated to the United States.
Began experimenting with ceramic sculptures immediately after graduation, her work earned popularity through the use of unique techniques. In particular, all of her works created with the use of high-fire porcelain, and over-glaze, and under-glaze colors, as well as 18K or 24K gold luster. In addition, it is the love for the smallest details. And according to the artist herself, she begins creating sculpture without knowing how the story ends.
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Armenian artist Martiros Manoukian

Painting by Armenian artist Martiros Manoukian

A girl with a mask. Painting by Armenian artist Martiros Manoukian

Armenian artist Martiros Manoukian
“I was born an artist. God gives each of us something at birth. A person doesn’t become an artist – he is simply born an artist, and I’ve always believed in myself”. Martiros Manoukian
Born on August 5, 1947 in then the Soviet Union, he began painting at an early age. Accordingly, after secondary school he entered the Yerevan Academy of Art (1967). In addition, Martiros also studied fine art in Moscow and Leningrad academies.
First of all, Martiros represents the rich culture of Armenia, Russia and the USSR. By the way, in the USSR, he flourished not only as a painter, but also as a designer. However, since 1987 the artist lives in Los Angeles, the United States.
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Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Wasteland. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Wasteland. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives
Chinese artist from Beijing has made an incredible series of knives with elaborately carved figures out of the blades. Openwork pattern is if grows of metal: frozen for an instant family of deer, flying eagle, and a shooter, hiding behind a tree. In short, the skilful hand of the master turns ordinary kitchen knives into works of art. Meanwhile, a special attraction is due to the contrast between the heavy metal blades and almost weightless figures created out of their bases.
Born in 1974 in Jilin province, China, Li Hongbo graduated from Fine Arts Department of Jilin Normal University (1996). Besides, in 2002 he completed a course of Folk Art Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. Li Hongbo is a member of Experimental Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association.
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Prayer Nut wood carving art

Prayer Nut wood carving art

A small boxwood orb decorated inside and outside with carving on religious themes – Prayer Nut wood carving art

Prayer Nut wood carving art
First of all, to produce such a prayer nut required considerable skill. Within the scope of the concave a skillful master carved miniature stories about the life of Christ and his apostles. Noteworthy, the width of a “nut” was no more than 3-5 cm in diameter. And to add flavor to patterns the artist added leaves of spice plants or aromatic oil. Undoybtedly, every Prayer Nut is a true work of art. Only the very rich could afford to order such a pocket-like altar. Therefore, possession of “prayer nuts” underlines the high social status. Designed to be worn on a rosary or belt these orbs could be used for private devotion. In particular, when its wealthy owner traveled. Therefore, they were known as rosary beads or prayer nuts.
The skill of medieval craftsmen still amazes. Every detail of the composition conceived and executed with maximum precision. These exquisite Prayer nuts adorn exposures of the world’s leading museums. Among them the British Museum in London and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Louvre. A few years ago at an auction one such nut was sold for 133,250 pounds.

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Techno-Entomology art

Techno-Entomology art - tiny insects from waste made by British artist Julie Alice Chappell

Tiny insects from waste made by British artist Julie Alice Chappell. Techno-Entomology art

Techno-Entomology art
British artist Julie Alice Chappell turns the old printed circuit boards into the light-winged fine butterflies, moths, and flies. It looks like a fairy-tale transformation of Cinderella into a princess. Techno-Entomology art, in particular, tiny insects from waste made by Julia are delicate and airy. It seems that her butterfly is about to wave its wings and fly to a blossoming lawn.
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Painting by Maria Pavlova

Cornflowers. Oil on canvas. Painting by Maria Pavlova

Cornflowers. Oil on canvas. Painting by Maria Pavlova

Painting by Maria Pavlova – beautiful still life of bouquets of wild flowers, cats, and birds. According to the artist, she creates paintings which would decorate any wall. St. Petersburg based artist Maria Pavlova graduated from the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Repin of the Academy of Fine Arts. Besides, she has been a member of the Union of Artists of St. Petersburg since 2005. Her art credo: “Art should cause only positive emotions”. Maria Pavlova participated in the exhibition “Impressionisme Russe” in the Russian Center in Paris in 2001. Then, followed her numerous solo exhibitions in Paris. In particular, “Festival D’Art Slave”, “La siecle dor”, “VI Festival of Slavic Culture, and “Rencontres de printemps” in 2002-2003, 2013, and 2014. She has been a permanent participant of art exhibitions in her native St. Petersburg (2003 – 2015).
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