by Max Mitenkov
An incredibly intriguing work situated on the borderline of surrealism. It depicts an enormous figure with human features. Instead of a face there is a huge hole. A small hooded figure stands next to it, and a bird flies above them. Whisper, as this is the name of the work, is a big hint here. Perhaps it refers to a strong, enticing, persuasive whisper that draws one slowly into the abyss of evil? There could be many interpretations of this image. This is a big plus for the viewer, as interpretation is the most interesting activity when viewing a work.
The dark colours indicate the seriousness of the situation in which the depicted characters find themselves. The atmosphere is heavy, dark and surreal. The painting is thus puzzling and arresting to look at more closely.
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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