Vadim Zaritsky [Pintor Russo]

Vadim Zaritsky worked in the Interior Ministry, the police major taught ballistics in the Russian city Lipetsk. Now his main passion is paintings with the wings of butterflies. Vadim does not kill thousands of butterflies. For the pictures he collects insects dying en masse on the paths and roads, and also gratefully accepts the dead butterflies from collectors and catchers. It takes the artist from one week to several months to create a picture of butterfly wings.
Vadim Zaritsky, a former police officer turned artist and entomologist uses a very strange medium for his artworks – butterfly wings. The subjects of his unique paintings range from landscapes and still life to portraits of political figures and famous artists.



I know it sounds cruel, but before you label Vadim Zaritsky’s art as a crime against nature, you should know he only uses the wings of dead butterflies that died en masse he finds on the paths and roads around his home city of Lipetsk, 438 kilometers southeast of Moscow, and dead specimens donated by fellow butterfly collectors. “Butterfly collectors know that some wings are considered – collectors call it trash,” Zaritsky says. “If the wings are damaged, if they have partially faded, specialists would usually put them aside. It’s a shame to throw them away but you cannot use them either. In time, the bits may become infested with pests and you have to throw everything away anyway.” One day it occurred to him that these pieces could be recycled into art instead of simply throwing them away. So he began using these discarded wings as a medium for his art, and in the last five years he has created over 100 works of art of varying size and theme. The Russian entomologist takes between a week and several months to complete a single butterfly wing painting.


O artista, ex-polícial, decidiu se dedicar a uma paixão de infância depois que se aposentou e começou a dar uma nova vida às asas de borboletas que encontrava nos arredores de sua cidade, Lipetsk, ou que  outros colecionadores lhe oferecem. Ele as incorporava nos quadros em que pintava, dando um efeito inusitado em suas obras.


Há quem critique o trabalho, achando até que os insetos são mortos para servirem para a pintura, mas o russo responde dizendo: “Uma borboleta vive apenas por algumas semanas, enquanto minhas imagens dão às pessoas uma chance de admirá-la por muitos anos”. Vadim Zaritsky tem mais de 100 obras de arte de diferentes tamanhos e temas usando asas de borboletas, que incluem retratos de artistas e políticos famosos


Reciclar, ousar, transformar, transgredir... Estes verbos costumam acompanhar a arte contemporânea. Uns produzem peças com fezes de gato, outros com café. Já o russo Vadim Zaritsky resolveu compor suas obras de arte usando asas de borboleta.


Zaritsky garante que a matéria-prima do seu trabalho vem de borboletas mortas, doadas por colecionadores ou encontradas em ruas e jardins de sua cidade, Lipetsk.










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Vadim Zaritsky 
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