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.