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This Russian Artist’s Controversial Digital Paintings Contain Hidden Messages

Several of his paintings are socially and sexually charged, but they are also honest.

Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.

-Mary Schmich

Dark, socially charged, and surreal—those are just a few of the adjectives people used to describe Waldemar von Kazak’s digital paintings. Using vibrant colors and vintage style illustrations, the Russian artist who hails from a small city between Moscow and St. Petersburg released a series of controversial paintings that depict the monotony of life and the relationships between men and women using bizarre characters.

No one can deny that his paintings are full of hidden messages, but they do tackle some of the most common problems we face every day. However, some of his works are simply remarkable sci-fi pin-up art.

Here are 23 of Kazak’s paintings:

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Kazak started drawing when he was young, but he knew he would not earn much by being an artist, so he worked as a designer. But, eventually, he went back to doing what he loved most—drawing.

“For years I worked hard as a designer. I was engaged in packing, advertising polygraphy, and book design. But at some point I wanted to draw again. Today I am an illustrator,” he told Pinup Arena.

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In 2007, he began to draw again using a tablet and the computer. ”I derive a lot of pleasure from the fact that you can erase and draw over a million times and the paper or color does not ruined, it was magic. Only there was no paper. There was a screen and pixels,” he said.

“In the last years I returned to a pencil and paper. Only the color and the details I add on the computer. I draw in Painter. I use Photoshop only for color correction. Besides, I rarely use layers,” Kazak added.

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What can you say about Waldemar Kazak’s digital paintings? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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People Think This Oddly-Shaped Building is Quite Obscene

One provocative building in Germany has caused quite a riot in both the locality and social media, simply because it looks like two people having sex, dog-style. But, we can’t really confirm because it’s not moving.

One provocative building in Germany has caused quite a riot in both the locality and social media, simply because it looks like two people having sex, dog-style. But, we can't really confirm because it's not moving.

Tagged as Domestikator, the building is actually a new hotel that is part of the The Good, The Bad And The Ugly series at the annual Ruhrtriennale Festival in Bochum, Germany. Hence, it is a very big installation art. It promises to host the VIPs during the Ruhrtriennale International Arts Festival.

What does it look like for you?

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Artist Creates Startling Celebrity ‘Before’ and ‘After’ Illustrations

You may not recall what they may looked like before, but this artist remembers his celebrities.

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The Columbian graphic designer and character creator has filled his social media pages with a slew of studies featuring celebrity faces, leading viewers to suspect his head is filled with a rich and colorful life of his celebrity other-self. With the way his art is going, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he ends up becoming this generation’s Warhol.

Can you guess who these celebrities are?

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Street Artist Creates Vibrant (and Gigantic!) Works of Art

Natalia Rak uses whole building walls as her painting canvas. How awesome is that?

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Painters are great artists. Their means of translating a creative idea into visual art really commands respect. For a person to be able to convert their mood and thoughts into swirls, shapes, and a kaleidoscope of colors, it's really something.

Which is why Natalia Rak is awesome. The standard art pieces you usually see displayed in museums and galleries take so much time and effort to create, and looking at her works, I'm guessing it takes a lot of time and effort to do it too. Because you see, she does street art. Huge pieces of it.

Natalia Rak is a Fine Arts graduate from Lodz.

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