Artist Feature: Dima Rebus

Editor Shenyah Webb, Art, November 2nd, 2016

"I try to draw irony to such things as social behavior."

Dima Rebus art on NAILED Magazine
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From a small factory town in Russia, one that Dima Rebus compares lightly to Detroit; grey, poverty stricken, single-industry with lots of crime; art became his greatest outlet. He began sharing his work by brightening the gloomy cityscapes with graffiti art, becoming increasing dedicated to the street art culture, he soon began exploring other mediums through his studies and now primarily works with watercolor.

Better known as a watercolorist, his artwork is characterized by a high degree of absurdity and irony, dealing with social issues. Through delicate technique, he brings balance to the vulnerability of the subjects.

“Of course, some of my works are based on the events that surround me. But this does not mean that I paint political cartoons for the morning papers or what I see in news feed. My events are of a larger scale. I try to draw irony to such things as social behavior. I laugh at all pretentious norms, habits, basis and other mind traps. For example, in my work “They Used to Share the Laundry Box,” I smile at complicated relationships in the family of a pigeon and Melanie.”

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Dima Rebus Dima Rebus (1988) was born in a small town in Russia and graduated from the Moscow Art and Industry Institute in 2011. His illustrations, watercolors, and street-art have been exhibited in Moscow, Belgium, Argentina, and Saint Petersburg. He works on a wide array of projects ranging from his personal catalog of works to illustrations for magazines and various publishing houses including Clever, National Geographic, Esquire, GQ, and Bang-Bang. He currently lives and works in New York.

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Shenyah Webb

Shenyah Webb is a Portland-based visual artist and musician. She has been with NAILED Magazine since its inception in 2012 and has served as the Arts Editor and a Contributing Editor since its launch in 2013. A Detroit native, she attended The College for Creative Studies, where she focused on Fine Art and Industrial Design. She is currently enrolled in a Somatic Expressive Arts Education and Therapy training program, studying under Lanie Bergin. You can learn more about Shenyah here. (Shenyah.com)