Roman Manikhin is a Moscow artist with an international name. His bright and memorable style convey the kindness and warmth of the moments, which lifts the mood and transfers them to a special atmosphere of joy in the gray everyday life. Manikhin's works reflect the artist's ideal fairy-tale world, in which he would like to be forever. Manikhin creates an illusory world, completely different world objects are intertwined. They find common interests with the artist - mermaids can communicate with dolphins, a beautiful Dalmatian with a girlfriend in a pink cabriolet, a girl smokes a hookah with a crocodile in the bathroom.
This grotesque, together with a great love for the beauty of women, forms the basis of Manikhin's artistic style. Educated at one of the oldest art schools in Moscow, he began his career with illustrations for books. This is reflected in the technique of the artist, who, as in the experience of graphic design, continues to think in bright colors, layering, emphasis on figures, but does it in a classic way - in oil and canvas. Manikhin managed to achieve an incredibly bright contrast of colors and forms of a special technique of working with oil paints. Using the methods of representing Fauvism, the artist develops the principles and effects of paintings
that appeared at the beginning of the twentieth century. Manikhin's art is full of feelings inside and out. A tropical reality emerges and represents the life force of a magical paradise. All these are the dreams of a person to escape to a lost world and find solitude with his beloved and a box of paints.
“Roman Manikhin is an illustrator/painter with a wonderfully strange vision of distorted sensuality, lowbrow tropes stretched util they implode upon themselves in howlingshapes and colors”.
Roman Muradov (San Francisco) www.medium.com