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Valentina Maximova Textile collage

Apples. Valentina Maximova Textile collage

Apples. Valentina Maximova Textile collage

Valentina Maximova Textile collage
Born on May 1, 1953 in the village Kostyanka of Arkhangelsk region, talented artist of applied art Valentina Maximova lives and works in the old Russian city of Uglich. In 1975, she graduated from the Yaroslavl Art School. Noteworthy, Valentina Maximova is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia (1997), and a member of the Association of Uglich artists. Meanwhile, the collections of stunning Textile collages by Valentina Maximova decorate the Uglich museum, as well as Russian and foreign private collections. In addition, Valentina Maximova is a permanent participant of regional, national and foreign (Germany, Belgium, Italy, and France) exhibitions.
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Color and Geometry by Franco Fontana

Color and Geometry by Franco Fontana

Blue and yellow. Color and Geometry by Franco Fontana

Color and Geometry by Franco Fontana

First of all, Italian photographer Franco Fontana invented “photographic line”, more common known under the name of “the concept of lines.” Accordingly, since 70s of XX century, his work, thanks to its unique and recognizable style, has become a benchmark in the field of color photography. And what makes it stand out among hundreds of works of his colleagues – an incredible sense of composition, true geometric construction of the frame, and magical selection of colors.
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NeSpoon Lace Street Art

Bunker Festival. Turin Italy 2012

Bunker Festival. Turin Italy 2012. NeSpoon Lace Street Art

NeSpoon Lace Street Art

Creative Polish artist, known as NeSpoon, adorns buildings with intricate lace patterns. Noteworthy, for drawing patterns on the wall she uses special stencils. Meanwhile, the works are part of the author’s series called “public jewelry”. According to the artist, laces have a certain cultural code, characteristic to every nation. Besides, lace contains a special symmetry, order and harmony. And of course, the beauty which in our life is often not enough, and we seek for it instinctively. One of her statements – “I would like to make positive art and to deal with positive emotions. Sometimes, I also comment in my art social and political issues that I consider important. Why street art? Because it gives freedom”.
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Hyper realistic painting by Rick Pas

A painting featuring downtown Ann Arbor, MI. Hyper realistic painting by Rick Pas

A painting featuring downtown Ann Arbor, MI. Hyper realistic painting by Rick Pas

Hyper realistic painting by Rick Pas

First of all, American artist Rick Pas works in the direction of Contemporary Realism. A passionate artist, experiencing all the highs and lows he considers creating to be an addiction. Meanwhile, Rick Pas is interested in the surface textures of nature and creates paintings that portray every insect, or a bird in detail. Undoubtedly, this hyper realistic effect that makes viewers run a hand over the feathers and moss, or grasp an object in the painting. Noteworthy, the subjects of his paintings – human interaction with nature. And he often finds inspiration for paintings in remote wilderness of the world, local parking lots, as well as his own backyard.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rick Pas graduated from Eastern Michigan University. In addition to numerous exhibitions throughout the USA and internationally, art works by Rick Pas were featured in numerous art magazines, from “Wildlife Artist of the Year” in Michigan Out of Doors, December 1982 (article & cover illustrator) to “Abuzz About Bugs,” and The Artist’s Magazine, July/August, 2015.
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Most Popular Color in Different Countries

Most Popular Color in Different Countries

Most Popular Color in Different Countries

Most Popular Color in Different Countries
Whatever the Most Popular Color in Different Countries is, one color is determined as the most favorite in all countries – BLUE. According to the international survey of service YouGov, which took place June 15, 2015, Blue is most popular in the 10 countries of the world, on four continents. Most amateurs of blue live in the United Kingdom (33%), less – in Indonesia (23%). In addition, each of the respondents puts the blue on 8-18 points more than any other color. Interestingly, the blue has become the winner even in countries such as China, where red, yellow and green are the colors of prosperity and good luck. In fact, in the Chinese language only recently have appeared different words for blue and green.
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Miniature painting on butterfly wings

Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci. Madonna Miniature painting on butterfly wings. Mexican artist Cristiam Ramos

Inspired by iconic paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci “Lady with an Ermine” and “Mona Lisa”. Miniature painting on butterfly wings by Mexican artist Cristiam Ramos

Miniature painting on butterfly wings
Interestingly, Mexican artist Cristiam Ramos uses real butterfly wings as canvas for his miniature paintings, which are mostly reproductions of paintings of Renaissance masters. Noteworthy, Cristiam Ramos is a multimedia internationally recognized innovative artist. His truly unique works decorate different museums in the United States, Britain, Japan and other countries in the world. Meanwhile, in the art gallery of Cristiam Ramos – real spider web paintings, nail polish paintings, candy-used artworks, and amazing miniature paintings on the wings of butterflies. In addition to fifteen awards, the artist’s creations entered the Guinness Book of World Records. Besides, the sculpture of a motorcycle made of candies was certified by the Ripley’s “Believe it or not” international firm.
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Paul Gauguin flowers

Paul Gauguin flowers. Vase with Peonies, 1884

Vase with Peonies, 1884. Paul Gauguin flowers

Paul Gauguin flowers
French painter, sculptor, ceramist, and graphic artist Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – 1903), along with Cezanne and Van Gogh, was the largest representative of post-impressionism. In the early 1870s he began to paint as an amateur. And this early period of creativity is associated with impressionism. Since 1883, he became a professional artist. Unfortunately, Gauguin’s art works were not in demand during his lifetime, the artist was poor. However, fame came to the artist after his death, in 1906, when 227 of his works were exhibited in Paris.
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