Meet The Artist: Victor Bregeda

I prefer not to provide precise instructions on how my paintings should be interpreted. In meta-realism, it is more important to experience magnetism and light.  – Victor Bregeda

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Брегеда Виктор Victor Bregeda was born in 1963 in Taganrog, Russia, into a family of painters. The artist has stated that he has been painting for as long as he can remember.

Брегеда ВикторAfter attending an art school in Russia, Bregeda made a decision to move forward with his personal interpretation of creative art, putting himself in sharp contrast with his academic art training. Брегеда ВикторThis rebellious move proved victorious as Victor’s art quickly gained recognition in local and international contests.“The key genres of my artwork are plein aire landscapes, still life compositions and portraits performed in a metarealistic style with strong roots in subconscious philosophy. I use a variety of techniques and materials while trying to invent new ones. I attempt to reveal the true nature of things hidden from empirical understanding,” — V. Bregeda

Metarealism is synonymous to metaconscience, which means beyond psychological consciousness, beyond a subjective psychological polarized view of reality. Metarealism seeks to depict the reality which exists beyond that psychological subjective perspective. Metarealism proposes not only to communicate further than the pictorial aspect of the perception of other dimensions of reality, but also the essence of those dimensions and their relation to us as human beings.

“I have been particularly influenced by the smooth techniques espoused by the Dutch school of painting. The artists who inspired me the most were Leonardo Da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Bruegel, Max Ernst, and Nikolai Rerikh. I like the French school of the 18th – 19th centuries as well as the works of Andrew Wyeth. I grew up in a strong creative environment. My artistic abilities are in my blood, thanks to my forefathers.” — V. Bregeda.

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See more of Victor Bregeda on his official website.


Meet The Artist: Tof Vanmarque

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La fêtes des voisins

Воображаемый мир. Born in 1981, Tof Vanmarque grew up in Lanrivoare, Breton countryside.  After being bored at the Technical High School in Brest, he’s off into the world, trying  a good number of odd jobs, tiler and  shepherd among them. Always drawing, he enrolls into the Pivaut School in Nantes in 2003 to learn the art, craft and technique of creating cartoons.

«J’ai gagné en technique, perdu en imagination. Je n’avais plus de coeur, plus d’âme, j’étais lobotomisé. L’école formait des travailleurs, pas des créateurs,» Tof says, roughly translated in English as “I gained in technique, lost in imagination. I had no heart, no soul, I was lobotomized. The school trained workers, not creators.” 
He paints and hangs in the bars of Nantes “easy canvases, food. Bouquets of flowers, portraits of old people, elephants; sale brought me enough to survive.” Then he discovers surrealism, reads André Breton. Fantastic characters arise. Back in Brest, thanks to the advice of choreographer Patrick Le Doaré, he embarks on creating of rather ambitious paintings. First exhibition, in 2010, then his participation at the MAC Paris show the following year,  exhibit in galleries in Cabourg and Belgium… Thus the adventure has begun.

Воображаемый мирВоображаемый мир. Tof Vanmarque

Воображаемый мир. Tof Vanmarque

Tof Vanmarque

Воображаемый мир.


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Воображаемый мир

Воображаемый мир

Tof Vanmarque

Воображаемый мир.

See the gallery here to find the names (in French) of the artworks above.

OMG! Chinese!

New Year’s Eve 2019 Media Corporation of China gala concert. Amazing, wonders Russian blogger Alex Exler (  in his post, and I quote, imprecisely translated,  “How is it possible to set such a large-scale spectacle, where a huge number of people not only move synchronously (music usually helps here), but also gets to the right point at any given time, and very precisely.”

I have found a plausible explanation in one of the comments to the post. Roughly translated: The choreography of movement here is rather simple: at each given moment of time each Chinese should know exactly who are the other Chinese he should run after, and beside which Chinese he should stop. And only a few Chinese should know exactly where to run and where to stop.

But then again, they aren’t simply synchronously run and stop en masse. They perform en masse!

Prado 200

img-interiors-museo-pradoOn 19 November 1819 Ferdinand VII of Spain inaugurated the Museo Real de Pinturas. Two centuries later the present-day Museo Nacional del Prado is commemorating its Bicentenary.


Francisco Goya Portrait of Ferdinand VII of Spain in his robes of state (1815). Museo del Prado

The Prado Museum Art Collections

The works housed at the Prado Museum (link to the collection) are displayed on three floors, and illustrate the history of the cultural politics of the Spanish court.
Therefore, there are paintings by court painters and great artists of the past, such as the Venetian painter Titian,who was the official portrait painter of Charles V, who loved the Flemish painters, as well.

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Titian. Danae Receiving the Golden Rain. 1553. Museo del Prado

We owe to Philip II, instead, the world’s greatest collection of paintings by Hieronymus Bosch; whereas Philip IVallowed Velazquez to express himself to the best of his talent, and bought works of the Italian Renaissance for this art collection.


Hieronymus Bosch. Fantasía moral (Visio tondali). Museo del Madrid

Thanks to Philip V paintings by French painters enriched the collection; whereas the court of Charles IV was dominated by the personality of Francisco Goya, on display at the Prado Museum with almost 130 works.


Francisco Goya. The Clothed Maja. Museo del Prado

A large section of the Prado Museum is characterized by religious paintings, not only because the Church has played a dominant role in Spain over centuries, but also because in 1872 paintings coming from the collection of the Museo de la Trinidad, full of medieval works coming from all over Spain and painted by artists who hadn’t work for the sovereigns, entered the museum.
That’s why you’ll find works by El Greco, who worked especially in Toledo.

As for Spanish, Flemish and Dutch art you can’t miss: The Triumph of Death by BrueghelArtemis by Rembrandt; the three paintings of mythological subject by Rubens (Perseus and Andromeda; The judgement of Paris; The three Graces)Las Meninas by Velazquez. (The Art Post Blog).


Stages Of Life — Degrés Des âges De L’homme

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Stages of Life. 1785-1798.

The source of this post references Les Collections -Le Musée de l’Image | ville d’Épinal and RMN Grand Palais for images. 

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Stages of Life.  1800.

It is fascinating to see how clothes and accessories have changed over the years. Baby walkers are present in all the paintings whereas toys are varied: dolls, butterfly nets, drums, puppets, hoops.

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Stages of Life. 1805.

Not too surprising  that in most of the pictures men are dressed in military uniforms. Boys often attired as little military man as well.

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Stages of Life. 1817.

Angels are ever present on prints ranging from XVIII to the first half of the XIX century, but nearly disappear around 1850s.

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Stages of Life. 1822.

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Stages of Life. 1826.

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Stages of Life.  1840-1852.

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Stages of Life. 1854.

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Stages of Life.  1858.

This fabulous selection of prints with a brief overview I found on this Russian site  А МОЖЕТ БЫТЬ, ВСЕ БЫЛО СОВЕРШЕННО ИНАЧЕ…

The logo of the site may be interpreted as And, perhaps, everything was completely different… To those who reads Russian and interested in, yes, French history, the site is worth a visit. As it often turns out, if not entirely EVERYTHING, still SOMETHING most definitely was completely different.

Happy New Year!

Meet The Artist: Vladimir Stakheev

Стахеев.PNGVladimir Stakheev, born in 1963, is a Russian painter from Moscow, member of the Union of Creative Artists of Russia.
He restored frescoes and wall paintings in ancient temples, worked in mixed technology, combining pencil, pen, brush, needle (scratching the top layer of paint), airbrush, and different materials: watercolor, ink, gouache, tempera.

He collaborated with various publishing houses — artistic design of books, newspapers, magazines, illustrated  V. Bianchi, N. Zadornov, S. King, D.R.R. Tolkien.

At the same time — surprise or not — he is the author of several famous graphic series in the style of HARD KITCH.

Here is his FUNNY CATS series:  airbrush, pen, brush, pencil, acrylic, watercolor.


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Hard kitch, all right. I like cute kitties as much as millions of others. His, in my opinion, combine an amazing tenderness and elegance of composition with an absolute ironic desperation of content.

Stakheev’s illustrations of The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien


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Meet The Artist: Vida Gábor

vida gaborThe paintings of Hungarian artist Vida Gábor’ provide a view into a world that disappeared during the course of the twentieth century.  The cultural heritage of Old Europe encased in dimly lit interiors. His touching and often humorous depictions of his native Budapest, with its ageing citizens often in crowded shops or studios surrounded by precious objects, combine a sense of humor and nostalgia that is perfectly matched by his self-taught technique more akin to the nineteenth century than the late twentieth.vida gabor 7

Vida Gábor was born on January 24th, 1937 in Budapest. His mother was an opera singer and his father an architect. When he was 10 year old, his parents noticed that Vida was able to play on his flute just about any classical melody after hearing it just once. He was celebrated as a wunderkind and admitted to the “Ferenc Liszt Music Academy”. There he was a student of Professor Ferenc Hochstrasser.
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In 1950 he began to paint auto-didactic pictures with water and oil paints. Gábor came from a well educated background.  A child prodigy in music, particularly in flute, he was educated at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy studying under Ferenc Hochstrasser. In 1956, he began working as a flute soloist in the Philharmonic orchestra for the Budapest Opera and continued for 25 years. Although, he has always been painting and sculpting throughout his life, he decided to dedicate himself completely to painting in 1977.

Being a perfectionist, he decided to achieve the highest standards in this fine art and to create his own unique style.  His artistic ability has been influenced by his many talents and great technical skills. For example among his hobbies, he is a goldsmith, restorer of antique clocks, and an avid astronomer who builds his own telescopes among other things. vida gabor 5
Vida Gabor is considered mostly as self taught. However he did not only learn existing painting processes and techniques, but he also invented many of his own. In fact, he had to design and make his own set of fine brushes and tools to satisfy his high standards. The technique that Gabor uses in his painting is referred to as Scumbling. Gábor’s technique involves the application of a thin layer of color placed over a darker under paint. The artist also has to apply numerous translucent layers on top of each other. It is a very complicated process and it shares some elements with Glazing. vida gabor 1
Glazing is a technique of mixing color pigment with a mixture of oil, turpentine and varnish. The color floats in this medium and is therefore transparent. Each layer of paint has to dry first before adding the next one. The result is a very crisp, translucent enamel-like effect.
vida gabor 4The artist usually spends several months to finish just one painting. He prefers to paint at night to fully focus on his composition. In fact, most of his paintings depict night scenes. The viewer will notice a source of light such as lamp or candle often used in his themes evoking emotions of warmth and magic. vida gabor 3 The characters of his paintings are colorful folks in the tradition of the nineteenth century with no reference to anything that threatens the happy illusion based in Budapest’s proud past. His characters are very realistic and yet whimsical depicting a variety of scenes. He takes the viewer deep into his own world which combines reality with fantasy.

Meet The Artist: Igor Samsonov


Igor Samsonov. Salomea.



Igor Samsonov. Opinio. 

These amazing paintings, which could well be considered as works of classical masters, are the works of Igor Samsonov, an artist from St. Petersburg.

Born in Voronezh in 1963, he began to draw at the age of ten. In 1980 he graduated with honors from the School of Art and, in 1996, from the I.E. Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg. After graduating from the Academy, a thoughtful artist painfully searched for his style, that, by his own admission, he found only in 2003.

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A great influence on the artist had a period in the history of late Gothic art. Mixing modern artistic techniques and that of the Renaissance give originality to the works of Igor Samsonov. The rich imagination of the artist,  the refined embodiment of images and the exquisite color scheme make the artist’s works unique.






Igor Samsonov. Birdman.

The original style makes his paintings easily recognizable, and although the influence of Dutch artists is felt in each painting, the works of Samsonov are quite self-sufficient depicting a unique world.


Igor Samsonov. Praftor Domus.

Samsonov’s  most favorite works are paintings by Piero della Francesca, an Italian artist of the Early Renaissance, whose works are distinguished by a special harmony of images, balance, verified perspective and a notable solemnity and nobility.

samsonov-05Participation in numerous exhibitions in Russia, Germany, France, Italy, China, America confirms his undeniable talent. Igor Samsonov is considered one of the most talented contemporary artists of the famous school of St. Petersburg.

The original style makes his paintings easily recognizable, and although the influence of Dutch artists is felt in each painting, the works of Samsonov are quite self-sufficient depicting a unique world.
Samsonov’s  most favorite works are paintings by Piero della Francesca, an Italian artist of the Early Renaissance, whose works are distinguished by a special harmony of images, balance, verified perspective and a notable solemnity and nobility.


Igor Samsonov. Music in the Garden.