Zdzislaw Beksinski (1929-2005) was a was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and fantasy artist.
His work reflected his preference for the obscure.His paintings concocted up odd images in the mind, and were a true step into absurdity in the field of dystopian surrealism.Beksinski was a very innovative artist, especially for one working in a Communist country. In the 1970s he entered what he himself called his “fantastic period”, which lasted up to the late 1980s. This is his best known period, during which he created very disturbing images, showing a surrealistic, post-apocalyptic environment with very detailed scenes of death, decay, landscapes filled with skeletons, deformed figures, deserts, all very detailed, painted with his trademark precision, particularly when it came to rough, bumpy surfaces. Beksinski’s later years were ones filled with tragedy. His wife, Zofia, died in 1998, and a year later, on Christmas Eve 1999, his son Tomasz (a popular radio presenter, music journalist and movie translator) committed suicide. Beksiński’s life reached a most brutal and melancholy end in 2005, when he was stabbed to death at his Warsaw apartment by a 19-year-old acquaintance from Wołomin, reportedly because he refused to lend the teenager money.Perhaps his art had always reflected the darkness that one day would reflect the end of his life.More of Zdzislaw Beksinski‘s haunting work can be found at https://www.shopbeksinski.com/
Remedios Varo (1908-1963) was born in Spain. Remedios always struggled to combine the mythic with the scientific, the sacred with the profane.
Remedios decided to evade the civil war that was going on in Spain and moved instead to Paris where the art movements were in vogue.
In Europe she was influenced by the surrealist movement and metaphysics studies. She was motivated by ancient studies and literature, but also by physics, mathematics, engineering, biology and psychoanalysis.
After some years, she decided to move to Mexico with a friend she met in Europe. In Mexico, her real journey as an artist started.
Her characters are mystical and solitary; most of the times involved in scientifical activities. They often have almond-shaped eyes, and androgynous features.
Diverse characters emerge in her painting with unusual attitudes: contemplative, passive, highly symbolic; reflection of the instability which can be overcome or changed.
All of them are part of a unique world which involves developed concepts of magic and imagination.
More of Remedios Varo‘s fantastic works can be found at http://www.remediosvaro.org/ and http://www.angelfire.com/hiphop/diablo4u/remedios.html
Born March 2nd 1973, Kris Kuski spent his youth in rural seclusion and isolation along with a blue-collar working mother, two much older brothers and absent father.Open country, sparse trees, and later alcoholic stepfathers, perhaps paved the way for an individual saturated in imagination and introversion.
His fascination with the unusual lent to his macabre art later in life. The grotesque to him as it seemed, was beauty.
His work shows the corrupt and demoralized fall of modern-day society, a place where new beginnings, new wars, new philosophies, and new endings all exist.
Through his intricate 3-D sculptural work, we see both the beautiful and dark side of our minds.
Kris’s work is intricate, fascinating, and incredibly mesmerizing. Look close, look often.
More of Kris Kuski‘s work can be found at http://www.kuksi.com/
It’s sometimes funny how your first introduction to an artist is through everyday things — like album covers.
H.R. Giger (1940-2014), one of the preeminent artists of Fantastic Realism, was a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer known for his biomechanical creatures, extraterrestrial landscapes and disturbing, though memorable, imagery of grotesque sensuality.
Giger discovered the airbrush and, along with it, his own unique freehand painting style, leading to the creation of many of his most well known works.
Giger kept a notepad next to his bed so he could sketch the terrors that rocked his uneasy sleep — nightmarish forms that could as easily have lumbered from prehistory as arrived from Mars.
Giger’s art enters the rarified realm of the near magical, and certainly the land of genius.
But this generous and humble artist avoided the limelight and rather let his work speak volumes of his mastery.
The most famous book with publications of his drawings and landscapes was the “Necronomicon” of 1977.
It was Giger’s published book Necronomicon that inspired Ridley Scott’s Alien.
His work is surrealistic, magical, detailed, and plainly gorgeous.
More of H.R. Giger‘s work can be found at http://www.hrgiger.com/ and http://visualmelt.com/H-R-Giger.
Jacek Yerka was born in Toruń, Poland, in 1952.
Yerka studied fine art and graphics prior to becoming a full-time artist in 1980.
As a child, Yerka loved to draw and make sculptures. He hated playing outside, and preferred to sit down with a pencil, creating and exploring his own world.
Yerka resisted pressures of his instructors to adopt the less detailed techniques of contemporary art and continued to work in the classic, meticulous Flemish style he still favors to this day.
He creates surrealistic compositions Based on precise painting techniques, taking pattern from former masters like Jan van Eyck or Hieronymus Bosch.
Like many artists, Yerka pulls on thoughts and memories of his past to create these marvelous artworks.
Yerka’s carefully rendered paintings (acrylics on canvas) are filled with images from the artist’s childhood, one heavily influenced by the surroundings of his home during the 1950’s, and his grandmother’s kitchen, where he spent much of his time.
According to Yerka, “My greatest source of inspiration is always (and I bet will be) my childhood souvenirs – that places, remembered feelings, fragrances and technique of 1950s .”
More of Jacek Yerka‘s wonderful art can be found at the Morpheus Gallery and at his website http://www.yerkaland.com/.
Mihai Criste (1975-) is a creative Romanian artist who is fascinated by abstraction, mystery and surrealism.
His paintings are complex and simple at the same time.
. Inspired by famous surrealists like Dali and Magritte, Criste soon found that he would need to move beyond their influences in order to truly find his own unique style of painting.
The oustanding precision with which Mihai paints his surealistic works is absolutely fascinating and immediately catches the recipients attention.
Mixing an uncanny eye on the themes of nature, Mahai is able to bring his work into the third dimension, allowing us to see all angles of several worlds at one time.
Criste explains his work this way: “My senses and seminification work together with my technical knowledge, which allows me to transcend my training into surrealistic creations.”
You can fnd more of Mihai Criste‘s amazing art at his facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/mihaicriste.surrealism, or at http://www.cuded.com/2012/01/surreal-paintings-by-mihai-criste/.