Gina Martynova is a third culture artist based in New York. As a world traveler, her inspiration comes from a multicultural background, fashion and love of patterns found in nature. A cultural gypsy and artist, Gina was recently in India to explore the nature, culture and history. She holds a BFA in General Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her style is often described as 'Something Between Pop Surrealism and Fashion Illustration'. Whimsical, surreal, bold and theatrical, Gina Martynova who fuses technical craftsmanship with a playful and eerie imaginary world. Her illustrations provoke simultaneously dark and inviting imagery. She is greatly influenced bu Russian, European and Asian illustrators of the early 20th century, Japanese woodblock prints, Indonesian arts and crafts as well as Alexander Pushkin's fairytales and imaginary world. The tension between the extreme detail and open/vast negative space is essential to her aesthetic and is borrowed from Taoist philosophy. One of the core concepts underlying her style is excess; it's effects on human nature and how it is portrayed in fairytales, fashion and art. Another key concept is the idea of exploring one’s heritage. Having lived abroad all her life, Gina is curious to glimpse into what has subconsciously been imprinted on her soul.The collection aims to combine traditional oil portraiture with surreal and experimental watercolor; creating a dialogue between the meticulous detailing and free flowing whimsy. Gina Martynova recently had her debut solo show at Le Salon d'Art in NYC and has exhibited at Miami Art Basel in 2010.
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