Welcome to the exciting world of Visionary Art, where creativity is inspired by the inner world of the artist. Visionary Art is a style that has attracted the attention of artists and viewers worldwide, and can be rightfully considered a new phenomenon. It is an attempt to look inside oneself, to know oneself, and in a sense, to “draw a soul.”
As French idealist philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once said, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Visionary Art is a path of feelings, not of reason, where art merges with myth and dreams. The artist draws from their inner world, creating fantastic worlds and creatures, and using all available means to show what is beyond the boundaries of vision. In fact, the artist is drawing something that is invisible.
The development of this style goes hand in hand with the spread of Eastern spiritual practices, such as yoga, and an interest in the pagan and pre-literate past of peoples. Some artists consciously resort to the use of entheogens to achieve an altered state of consciousness, but this practice is not generally accepted.
Masterly craftsmanship and technical perfection are hallmarks of visionary art. It is the highest level of professionalism, requiring possession of pictorial techniques and tradition.
The general idea of Visionary Art is to use painting as an instrument through which the “inner landscape” is reflected. Thus, art becomes not a goal, but a means on the way to self-knowledge and self-improvement. The artists preach the unity of mankind and the shared responsibility for its future.
The brightest representatives of Visionary Art include Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Andrew Gonzalez, Brigid Marlin, Olga Shpiegel, Kuba Ambrose, Oleg Korolev, Amanda Sage, Martina Hoffmann, Daniel Mirante, Aloria Weaver, David Heskin, Philip Rubinov Jacobson, Viktor Safonkin, and Agostino Arrivabene, who is considered the founding father of Visionary Art.
In Russian art, the precursors of VA were the works of Mikhail Vrubel, Nikolay Roerich, and Nikolay Kolmakov. Visionary Art is an exciting world of creativity, imagination, and spirituality that continues to captivate and inspire artists and viewers alike worldwide.