38-year-old Russian Slava Groshev uses photographs to help create stunningly beautiful paintings of young women. Crisp, vibrant and sharp, Slava's figurative work is so realistic-looking that you could easily be fooled into thinking that she uses digital photography in its creation, but this is not the case. All his paintings are, in fact, created with the old-fashioned paint brush and not digital computer software.
When creating his incredibly photo-like portraits of young girls and children, Slava imagines in his mind what he wants to see on canvas and then tries to find a suitable model, clothes and background for the painting. When the perfect model has been found, he takes photos of them to save time with the painting process.
Slava then makes a sketch onto canvas and does the primary work before inviting the model back again for another session so he can paint the most important parts of the portrait - their face and hands, saying that photos never reproduce the real colour of skin.
Slava says, "Every human being should create something, and it doesn't matter what: to write prose, verse, music, or to cook etc. We all were born to do that. I just do what I love, and people, as I can see, like it". An unquestionable abundance of talent has lead to Slava's works held in private collections in Canada, America and throughout Europe, and have become the investors choice.
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