artist of the week

Max Mitenkov

digital artist / illustrator

Max Mitenkov is a Minsk-based illustrator and artist. He studied advertising design at Minsk University. He became interested in illustration on his own and decided to educate himself in this direction. He started working as a freelance illustrator in 2005. His works have appeared in advertisements, publications, and on book covers, including those of HarperCollins Publishing House. In 2012, he received the Special Jury Award at the 6th SICAF’12 International Digital Cartoon Contest, Seoul, Korea. He has repeatedly participated in exhibitions, the most recent being the European art fair NFT Crypto Art Island.

In his artworks, he expresses his vision of the world through an atmosphere of surrealism. The post-apocalyptic motif recurs more than once in his works, emphasized by the gray color palette, which he also uses frequently. The artist strongly focuses on the mood that emanates from his works. Often it has a vanitative character.

morning

7 472 x 3 780 px

1,30 ETH

cloud in the pants

3 660 x 3 653 px

2,60 ETH

backward thoughts

3 660 x 3 660 px

2,60 ETH

to the last journey

7 472 x 3 780 px

2,60 ETH

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Meet the artists we promoted in the past weeks

family photo

by Katerina Fotaki

In this interesting graphic, three colourful friends and a cat enjoy moments in the countryside away from the greyness of the city in an imaginary world where the sun and moon shine together. The idyll is complemented by rain and rainbows. Their smiling faces show peace and fulfilment.

Unusual pastel colours complete the idyllic mood. Such a refined vision of the countryside contrasts with the greyness of the city from which the characters have come. In a way, it is also a fulfilment of the myth of the countryside as a joyful idyll and the city as a sad, grey, overworked environment. The artist does not question this myth, but rather recreates it in order to show that in every myth there is a certain amount of truth.

0,75 ETH

wind took my brain

by Katerina Fotaki

The surreal graphic depicts a fantastic female-like creature. She notices something on her forehead. A strange wind sucks her brain inside the wound caused by the primrose flower, which has many meanings in beliefs. When the flower blooms in early spring, they represent youth, new beginnings, new life or birth. This flower represents the young years, mistakes regarding love and friendships with other people that lead to disappointments, but also teaches important lessons. The graphic itself is like an interpretation of these meanings –  after all, youth is associated with craziness, a twist in the mind. The artist has depicted this with bright strong colours, which further emphasise this interpretation, very literally.

0,42 ETH

faces

by Katerina Fotaki

We live in a world where we see hundreds of faces every day, each with a different expression and mood. Tired and sad eyes lost in their thoughts and the problems created by stressful city life. All these faces are imprinted in our subconscious and appear out of nowhere in our dreams or in some incomprehensible thought.

By visualising these faces, the artist wanted to convey the stress that is an inherent part of the city and the people living in them. In doing so, she touches on the very important issue of the lack of balance between private life and work in urban societies . In an interesting and contrasting way, the artist thus presents the problem of overwork.

0,85 ETH

morning

by Max Mitenkov

The perverse title associated mainly with sunshine and hope, this time represents a very different setting. Indeed, the picture depicts an unusually gloomy morning of some waterfront area. All that can be observed is a boat lazily gliding through the water or moored in an invisible harbor. It is unclear whether there is a city or a forest on top of the mountains. The vision blurs with the mist of the morning created with quick and careless brushstrokes. 

The unique world presented by the artist this time does not seem surreal. In fact, this gloomy and quiet depiction of dawn is not unfamiliar. Despite the sorrowful mood, the painting seems to be calming. 

1,30 ETH

cloud in the pants

by Max Mitenkov

The graphic, which is kept in the monochromatic colors of a gray palette, depicts an unremarkable balloon or cloud growing out of fabric pants. A depressing mood and coldness beats from the image. Noticeable is the wind that wants to snatch the pants. They, however, as if with all their might, try to hold on to the ground. One has the impression that there is a man inside. However, he is not there, nor is any other animal or plant in the painting. Acacia takes place in the middle of a windy steppe, where there is no life at all. 

Despite its minimalist expression, the painting gains depth from the visible brushstrokes. It gives movement to the clouds and wind, the painting becomes extremely dynamic. Although there are no colors, it is also full in its expression, thanks to the post-apocalyptic vision.

2,60 ETH

backward thoughts

by Max Mitenkov

The first thing you notice when looking at the illustration is the shape of the spiral. Two arcs created successively from the earth and from the mist curve in opposite directions, creating the illusion of depth. The earthy arch appears heavy, pulling away from the ground. At the end of it sits a girl who is defied by gravity. One has the impression that thoughts are dripping from her head. Below her, a figure is seen.

The spiral is meant to create an impression of inversion – hence the title “Backward thoughts”. The artist built a surreal environment to best represent his vision. The mesmerizing figure of the spiral plays the biggest role here, even though it is minimalist, as is the color palette. The technique meets the criteria of decorum, so the painting seems remarkably harmonious and full of message.

2,60 ETH

to the last journey

by Max Mitenkov

The foggy place depicted in this artwork is extremely unique. In addition to the huge clearing and path in the middle, where a hiker can be seen, we can also observe an irregular shape resembling the moon. The object looks like a machine or a strange space station, as shapes reminiscent of buildings, pipes, antennas, cables protrude from it. Is the wanderer heading toward it? If so, why? The fog impairs judgment. The only thing that can be a hint is the title – “To the last journey.”

Using a surrealistic addition, the artist has created an interesting thought-provoking image. With this treatment, it opens up many avenues of interpretation for the viewer, who can immerse himself in the image and invents his own stories.

2,60 ETH

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