About the Book
At a recent New York concert by the mewithoutYou, a rock band which has used my paintings and drawing in six of their albums, I was pleasantly surprised to see how they transformed my old black-and-white drawing which they had selected for the cover of their latest album Pale Horses. It had been dramatically enlarged to serve as a backdrop on the stage, and it looked really impressive. This gave me an idea to create a series of works of a similar type, depicting something like a human with the face of a bird, or a bird with human features. Eventually, other characters came to mind - and came to life not only on canvas but in sculpture, as well.
Three-dimensional works encouraged me to explore the subject further and I made several sculptures which in my view hark back to the religious statuary of Ancient Egypt. Other works contained in this catalog also came out of this project.
Vasily Kafanov is known for his playful and mysterious paintings that feature his trademark "Fishtower" – an architectural anomaly that combines reality with fantasy. The Fishtower is often seen floating lazily over groups of brightly - outfitted harlequins who dance, fiddle and play amid his dreamlike landscapes. A prolific artist, Vasily often relies on folkloric imagery mixed with beautiful and enigmatic symbolism to bring his vision to life on canvas. Born in Moscow, Russia in 1952, Vasily left that country and settled in New York City in 1990, where he now lives with his family.In 2000, Vasily teamed with the Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan to work on the band's album, Machina/The Machines of God. He produced 20 paintings for the lyrics booklets for the album and designed set for the group's global tour. His work has been exhibited by various galleries and museums in Chicago, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Moscow, Paris and Amsterdam