Michael Zajkov is an impressive talented person. He creates crafted realistic dolls in such a realistic way that they are almost creepy.
The faces of his art dolls are so realistic, it’s disturbing to see him hold their heads in his hands. When you watch his work in motion, there’s only so much you can do not to mutter “please don’t blink, please don’t blink, please don’t blink…”
Zajkov graduated from Kuban State University of Russia in 2009. From 2010 to 2013 he worked at a puppet theater while also attending a graduate school. He was propelled to fame after the 2013 “Art Dolls” expo in Moscow. Zajkov’s creations have multiple joints. He uses polymer clay for the dolls, hand painted glass eyes from Germany, and French mohair for hair, a wool yarn produced from the Angora goat.
The first doll made by artist “born” in 2010, inspired in the work of Laura Scattolini and Rotraut Schrott. The artist admits that his dolls make people feel uncomfortable.
The Russian artist became an internet sensation after posting a video showing how he makes his unbelievably realistic hand-painted dolls. Michael Zajkov’s dolls are painstakingly hand-sculpted and are not available to order.
He posts pictures of the startlingly lifelike dolls on his Instagram, as well as photographs of the finished products, Michael often posts short videos giving his fans sneak previews of the production process from inside his studio. There are also images of dolls’ disembodied heads and dismembered limbs lying around.
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