Ex-Lawyer Salavat Fidai is a Russian artist based in Ufa, near the Ural Mountains. With a steady hand and an eye for detail, Fidai creates unique sculptures meticulously carved into the tip of a pencil. He uses a craft knife (X-Acto) and a magnifiying glass to form his delicate masterpieces, carefully balancing out the pressure applied onto the lead. Fidai also gets his hands on illustrations and paintings, spending about 10 hours a day on his diverse creative projects. Check out the interview below and watch “the making of” his sculptures. For more images visit his website www.salavatfidai.com. His sculptures can be purchased in here.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I’m a free artist and experimentator.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
My beloved wife, my friends from ArtFido, Van Gogh and many others.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
Vincent Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci.
How did your art career start?
I just did it! Start and show your art to people!
I think that it’s just my time. I worked in an office all my life, but I was tired of the work.
What was your favourite project and why?
Portraits and oil painting of Van Gogh on matchbox… and carved pencil Darth Vader and Wall-e.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
Not enough experience, a low self-confidence and to withstand criticism.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
Find your calling and make it a job of life.You choose your destiny.
How do you define creativity?
It’s part of life and part of the universe, it’s her soul and her voice.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
If you cannot live without art – this is your way. Love yourself and your artwork and the universe will give you all that you want!
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
I wished I wasn’t afraid of learning by actually doing mistakes.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
All images © Salavat Fidai