“It seems to me that the image should be complex, but fascinating — so that the viewer lingers for at least a couple of seconds. We live in a world of quick information, so we have to fight for the right not to rush into perception. I believe that this is possible not only in the museum, alone with great works of art, but also with illustrations in a magazine or advertisement.”

Alexey Kurbatov

Born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan in 1985, Alexey Kurbatov moved to Moscow after the collapse of the Soviet Union, where he graduated from school and college. From 2002 to 2008 he worked in the printing industry, busy with product design and prepress, and drawing in his free time. When the global financial crisis started in 2008, Alexey saw it as a chance to do what he always dreamed of doing professionally — illustration. He sent his portfolio to the leading Russian magazines and it turned out as a great success. The following year he was published in the Snob literary magazine. Since 2010, his illustrations have appeared in GQ, Men’s Health, Robb Report, Tatler, and many others.