by Danny Ingrassia
A work referring to the extremely popular culture of Japanese horror. These types of monsters, called yōkai, are numerous. Many of them have their own specific name, scare them in a certain way, for example, by sitting on the victim’s back and creating a huge burden. The phantom in the picture comes out of the walls of the rooms and looks at its sleeping victims, but most often it does not hurt them. He revels in fear itself, which it definitely evokes with its gaze. It paralyzes its victims and waits… When it leaves, the paralysis disappears. Its operation is similar to the nightmare, also known as the bane, which we know, for example, from a painting by Johann Füssli.
Danny was born in Palermo, Italy. He started drawing as a child, which turned out to be his passion and he continues to develop it until today. During his adolescence, he attended an art school, and after graduating, he began his career as a tattoo artist. In the meantime, he decided to also start the Comics School in Palermo, from where he graduated and started his professional career. After this however, he decided that his destiny was not comics or tattooing, but creating illustrations. That was the time when his interest in dark art and horror surfaced. This particular passion for the genre of horror and cinema in general is clearly visible in his illustrations. Through a unique graphic design, the artist brings scary visions to life and tells entire stories with a single image. He is also known for creating scary reproductions of classic masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa or The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Today he works as an illustrator for companies and as a freelancer.
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