Delicate Watercolor Paintings of People Capture Fragile Human Emotions

Art has the power to express ideas, personal identity, and raw emotion. As human beings, we’re often able to connect to visual imagery and empathize with the message behind it. Slovakia-based artist Miroslav Zgabaj explores the question, “What can be read from the human face?” in a series of delicate watercolor portraits.

Rendered in soft layers of blue, gray, and subtle skin-toned hues, Zgabaj’s portraits beautifully capture his subjects in moments of deep thought. The self-taught artist depicts relatable human feelings such as sadness, exhaustion, and loneliness. “I am fascinated by the human body, especially by faces and the emotions that a person is experiencing internally,” reveals Zgabaj. “I try to capture the elusive moments in people's lives and create the atmosphere for enhancing emotion.”

Many of Zgabaj’s works feature subjects who appear to be slowly disappearing and turning into clouds of ash. Perhaps these works are an expression of human fragility and the commonality of feeling physically and emotionally depleted.

Scroll down to see some of Zgabaj’s powerful watercolor portraits and if you like his work, you can buy prints of his paintings via his online store.

Slovakia-based artist Miroslav Zgabaj captures raw human emotion in his delicate watercolor portraits.

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Many of his subjects appear to be slowly disappearing and turning into clouds of ash…

Watercolor Paintings by Miroslav Zgabaj

…perhaps expressing human fragility.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Miroslav Zgabaj.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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