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.
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.
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