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Painting cats Vladimir Rumyantsev

Painting cats Vladimir Rumyantsev. Creating with Pushkin

Creating with Pushkin. Painting cats Vladimir Rumyantsev

Painting cats Vladimir Rumyantsev
Born in 1957 in a small Russian city of Cherepovets, Vladimir began drawing at the age of four. Rumyantsev graduated from art school with specialization “commercial artist”. And later, he also graduated from the State Institute of painting, sculpture and architecture named after Ilya Repin (1976). Professional graphic artist, Vladimir Rumyantsev is a Member of society of watercolorists of St. Petersburg.
Meanwhile, the main inspiration for the artist – cats. They are so expressive and painted with a sense of humor that can hardly leave anyone indifferent. Besides, cat lovers may recognize their own pets in cats painted by Vladimir Rumyantsev. His cats live in St. Petersburg. They communicate with the angels, walk on the roofs, sing songs, play golf, and enjoy fishing. In general, they lead a normal cat’s life. Charged with love for life and optimism cats communicate with angels and believe that life is good.
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Chocolate Room by Elena Kliment

Chocolate Room by Elena Kliment. Chocolate cat resting on a chocolate sofa

Cat resting on a chocolate sofa. Chocolate Room by Elena Kliment

Chocolate Room by Elena Kliment
On February 13, in the interior and delicatessen center mc2, located on the 68a Krasta street, Riga, took place an event for lovers of the sweet life. For the first time in Latvian capital appeared a Chocolate room. Riga joined those few cities with the chocolate rooms built in life size. The area of the chocolate room is 20 square meters, according to the media reports. The room perfectly combines delicacies and the interior, presented as the real room with designer furniture in natural size. The author of Chocolate Room – famous Belarusian chocolate sculptor Elena Kliment. By the way, for creation she used chocolate produced in different parts of the world: Switzerland, Belgium, Brazil, and New Zealand.
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Hunters in the Snow by Bruegel

Hunters in the Snow by Bruegel

The Hunters in the Snow, 1565 oil-on-wood painting by Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder

After Pieter Bruegel the Elder paintings on the theme of winter in the Netherlands came into vogue. However, Hunters in the Snow by Bruegel – not just a genre scene on the background of the rural landscape. This is a portrait of the world. To the present day from the series “Months” (“Seasons”) by Pieter Brueghel survived five paintings. The series continues the popular theme in medieval art cycle of seasons. Initially, in a cycle of paintings by Brueghel, most likely, was six, and “Hunters in the Snow” correspond December and January, that is, the work was conceived as a fifth, penultimate: the year in the Netherlands then counted with Easter.
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Ukrainian artist Alexander Pavlenko

Fern Blossoms. Painting by Ukrainian artist Alexander Pavlenko

Fern Blossoms. Painting by Ukrainian artist Alexander Pavlenko

Ukrainian artist Alexander Pavlenko
Born December 3, 1974 in the city of Izmail, Odessa region, Alexander Pavlenko is a talented fine artist. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Art and Pedagogy of Izmail State University in 1998. Between 1990 and 2000, Alexander Pavlenko worked in a private art studio, led by artists Ivan Shishman and Alexander Tylylym. Since 2001, he continued his studies in the studio of the artist Alexei And, Kiev. Pavlenko became the winner of the contest “Young Talents of Ukraine”, which took place in the Palace of Arts “Ukrainian House” in the city of Kiev in 2003. A member of various national and international art exhibitions held in Izmail, Odessa, Kiev, Feodosia, and Koktebel. His artworks are in The National Reserve “Kiev-Pechersk Lavra” gallery “Nave” and in private galleries and collections in Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Austria, France and the United States. Currently, Alexander Pavlenko lives and works in Kiev.
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Lithuanian steampunk artist Arturas Tamasauskas

Green Chameleon. steampunk artist Arturas Tamasauskas

Green Chameleon created from various metal parts. Steampunk sculpture by Lithuanian steampunk artist Arturas Tamasauskas

Lithuanian steampunk artist Arturas Tamasauskas
Traditionally, steampunk combines metal, steam technology and the aesthetics of Victorian times. And the main raw materials for sculptures – bolts, nuts, etc., taken from dumps and flea markets. For many, it’s just rubbish, and any broken auto parts sometimes come in handy for a talented and creative master. One of these artists is Arturas Tamasauskas, who creates stunning figures of animals, birds and cars, and even submarines. The main material can by anything from metal parts to watch mechanisms. According to Tamasauskas, his favorite animals are birds, because they are “very strange mechanisms.” It seems that he can see the mechanisms everywhere. Just look at one of his creations – Green Chameleon, which is truly a masterpiece of steampunk art (the above picture).
Noteworthy, such works of art can be a beautiful and unique decoration for home interior.
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Pop-up paper illustrations by Bozka Rydlewska

The garden, for the book New Botany, 2013. Pop-up paper illustrations by Bozka Rydlewska

The garden, for the book New Botany, 2013. Pop-up paper illustrations by Bozka Rydlewska

Pop-up paper illustrations by Bozka Rydlewska
Paper artist from Poland Bozka Rydlewska creates unique style Pop-up illustrations. Fantastic multi-layered illustration of paper are kingdom of plants and animals with a lot of small details and characters. The works show incredible precision of execution and spatial depth. Meanwhile, to paper art Bozka came quite by accident. For a long time she was engaged in the creation of virtual projects. And in the end, felt tired of computer graphics. She wanted to create something extraordinary with her own hands. Thus appeared the first paper illustration. To create a single illustration it takes her three – four weeks.
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Renaissance still life code

Frans Snyders, Fruit Stall. Flanders, Between 1618 and 1621. Renaissance still life code

Frans Snyders, Fruit Stall. Flanders, Between 1618 and 1621. The State Hermitage Museum, Russia. Renaissance still life code

Renaissance still life codeFrans Snyders, Fruit Stall. Flanders, between 1618 and 1621. The State Hermitage Museum, Russia.
At the end of the Renaissance in northern Europe still life genre from decorative has become a philosophical statement in paints. XVI-XVIII century – a golden time in the history of European still life. In those years, there were two main schools of art, specializing in images of flowers, fruit and subjects – Flemish and Dutch. Despite the fact that Flanders (Belgium) and the Netherlands were the neighboring states, their artists had different meanings in the display of “dead nature” (still life in Flanders), or “quiet life” (in the Netherlands).
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