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Boris Vallejo, 1941 | Fantasy painter / Illustrator

Peruvian painter Boris Vallejo works almost exclusively in the fantasy genres. His hyper-representational paintings have appeared on the covers of numerous science fiction and fantasy paperbacks and are featured in a series of best-selling glossy calendars.
Subjects of his paintings are typically sword and sorcery gods, monsters, and well-muscled male and female barbarians engaged in battle.
Vallejo began painting at the age of 13, in 1954, and had his first illustration job three years later, in 1957, at the age of 16. He attended the Escuela Nacional Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes on a five-year scholarship, and was awarded🎨 a prize medal.




After emigrating to the United States in 1964, at the age of 23, he quickly garnered a fan following from his illustrations of Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Doc Savage and various other fantasy characters (often done for paperback fiction works featuring the characters).


This led to commissions for movie poster illustration, advertisement illustration, and artwork for various collectibles - including Franklin Mint paraphernalia, trading cards, and sculpture.
Along with Julie Bell🎨, Vallejo presents his artwork in an annual calendar and various books.


Vallejo's work is often compared to the work of Frank Frazetta, not only because it is similar stylistically, but also since Frazetta painted covers for paperbacks of some of the same characters.

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Vallejo's preferred artistic medium is oil on board, and has previously used photographs to combine discrete images to form composite images. Preparatory works are pencil or ink sketches, which have been displayed in the book Sketchbook.

Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell🎨

He and Julie Bell🎨 have worked on collaborative artworks together, in which they sign the artwork with both names.
Vallejo has created film posters for numerous fantasy and action productions, including Knightriders (1981), Q (1982), and Barbarian Queen (1985).
He has also illustrated posters for comedies, notably National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), European Vacation (1985), Nothing But Trouble (1991) and Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007), co-created with Bell.
He created the 1978 Tarzan calendar.

Awards🎨
He received the British Fantasy Award🎨 as best artist in 1979 for his painting The Amazon Princess and her Pet. | © Wikipedia

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

Boris Vallejo 1941 | Peruvian-born American Fantasy painter

















Boris Vallejo (Lima, 8 gennaio 1941) è un illustratore e pittore Peruviano.
Talento precocissimo, Boris Vallejo ha iniziato a dipingere a 13 anni. Nel 1964 si è trasferito negli Stati Uniti d'America, per frequentare la National School of Fine Art.
Partendo da schizzi a matita e inchiostro, Boris Vallejo ha realizzato i suoi quadri ad olio. Si è però fatto un nome soprattutto come autore di illustrazioni per calendari ed albi a fumetti. Nella sua produzione sono ricorrenti le rappresentazioni di dei, eroi e guerrieri, sia maschi che femmine, cui egli immancabilmente conferisce un tocco sensuale: a volte sono figure celebri delle mitologie antiche e della letteratura medievale o moderna, altre volte personaggi anonimi.
Portano la sua firma anche molti manifesti cinematografici, tra cui quelli di Barbarella, Guerre stellari (L'Impero colpisce ancora), National Lampoon's Vacation.
Vallejo vive negli USA, ad Allentown, con la seconda moglie, la texana Julie Bell🎨, dapprima sua modella e in seguito sua collega.
Ha due figli, nati entrambi dal precedente matrimonio: Dorian, pittore ritrattista, e Maya, fotografa.





1 commento:

  1. Felicito a este pintor que, con su obra, excita la imaginación del espectador.

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