Ivan Alifan is a young and very talented Russian painter that managed to find his own style in the portrait niche. His style has dramatically developed from 2010. He started with painting romantic and rather impression portraits, and since 2013 he moved more to hypperrealistic style with the elements of surrealism.
Despite of his age, he has already exhibited his works in Toronto and New York. His last series of work was dedicated to portraying people or just their faces extensively covered with a substance that resembles a milk.
In his blog his style was described in the following way:
“This series is an exploration of the modern gaze; of ambiguous figurative paintings that are revealed and transformed within the act of the individuals’ views. These portraits are not an attempt to render physical characteristics but rather create a language of underlying sexual subtexts. Using ambiguity as a tool demands the viewer’s exploration of their psyches and provokes self awareness”