Russian-born Vania Zouravliov s surreally haunting illustrations capture a mixture
of innocence, brutality, beauty and decay. Inspired by a diverse range of influences,
Vania draws inspiration from sources as seemingly opposite as Russian romantic
folklore, Japanese illustration and pop culture. His resulting drawings are elaborately
composed and demonstrate the technical brilliance of an old master.
In artworks that often depict beautiful women involved in macabre or erotic
scenes, Vania s intense emotional style evokes a nostalgia rooted in the artist s
Russian background and attributed to the imagery of Russian silent and art house
movies. His dark motifs are intricately layered and full of powerful symbolism, often
with sadomasochistic references, that are both provocative and sensitive and
which represent the vulnerable relationship between innocence and affliction.
As the first monograph on the artist s work, this publication presents the expansive
scope of an exceptional talent. As a prodigy in his homeland, Vania has
exhibited internationally since the age of thirteen, and has continued to produce
a vast range of work for both commercial clients and as an independent artist.