Art history enthusiast and talented designer Alexey Kondakov creates composites that blend classical paintings with contemporary settings. As a part of his ongoing practice, he continues to cleverly place painted figures in photographs taken around modern-day Europe.
Like his past work, his more recent studies juxtapose centuries-old Italian art with unexpected urban backdrops. Though one may expect that the beautifully blended oil paint of each figure would sharply contrast the gritty realism of the photographs, Kondakov expertly combines them into seamless scenes. With an eye for composition, the artist is able to situate his subjects in settings that match their positioning, whether they’re seated, standing, or even flying. This attention to detail culminates in a collection of perfectly placed, time-traveling figures.
In addition to this observant, artistic approach, Kondakov is able to create the composites thanks to his photo manipulation skills. Like many top digital artists, Kondakov uses Photoshop to craft each work of art. If you’re interested in following in his lead and learning how to produce your own digital art, be sure to check out our hand-picked selection of pertinent online courses. And, for endless inspiration, follow Kondakov on Instagram.