Heroes of Earth’s Last Days: The Art of Yuri Shwedoff
First up, I’d just like to welcome onboard Ben Feldman to Sci-Fi-O-Rama. Ben will be reviewing Sci-Fi literature as the year unfolds, from the essentials to the esoteric, and he’ll also be posting regular artist samplers, this taste of Russian prodigy Yuri Shwedoff is the first.
Since graduating from Moscow’s Academic Art University in 2014, Yuri Shwedoff has rapidly gained international interest for his melancholy and otherworldly works. His Artstation portfolio has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times, and he has been featured in media ranging from Beautiful/Decay to WIRED.
Above: ‘Black Sun’
Shwedoff’s work places us in shadowy landscapes in the wake of some unspecified calamity, where everyday elements butt up against supernatural impositions. In these landscapes, he positions lonely human figures – backs turned, faces obscured, cloaked in shadow – with a certain heroism that offsets the general gloom. Shwedoff’s images hint that we are getting a glimpse into a great quest – destiny is at play here.
This is a remarkable start to a career, and we at Sci-Fi-O-Rama look forward to seeing what dark roads Yuri Shwedoff takes us down in the years to come!
Above: ‘Cradle’ / ‘Roads’ / ‘Vultures’ / ‘Wolf Pack’
Also, if your interested in prints, check out his Society6 page.