Russian artist in Dubai carves pencil lead sculptures

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Russian artist in Dubai carves pencil lead sculptures

Dubai - He also grew up believing that it was impossible to make a living as an artist.

By Milrina Martis/KT intern

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Published: Thu 10 Nov 2016, 5:53 PM

Born and raised in a small village in Russia, Salavat Fidai grew up in a family of art teachers. Based on their experiences, he also grew up believing that it was impossible to make a living as an artist.
Now, he is an international artist, known for his pencil sculptures that are currently exhibited at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF).
"I started carving out of pencils approximately two years ago. It was a unique form of art that piqued my interest," Fidai told Khaleej Times. "I saw videos of it on the Internet. So one day, I just picked up a pencil and began to carve. All my sculptures are a result of trial and error."
To Fidai, carving graphite is a unique and fascinating form of art. An extremely brittle material, the sculptures he creates often break in the process. But that doesn't discourage him; in fact, he finds it exciting because of the suspenseful quality it gives his work. Every new sculpture is a challenge and the more complicated the sculpture, the more interesting he finds it.
Fidai quickly gained international recognition by posting videos of himself carving pencil leads, on Instagram. "The manager of SIBF found my videos on the Internet and invited me to come from Russia to exhibit my work here. I'm very grateful because I love to read and it is amazing to meet different authors and people from different cultures."
milrina@khaleejtimes.com



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