What originated as an artistic experiment in Kiev continues to grow in quantity and popularity. Alexey Kondakov’s Napoli Project—in which classical characters are superimposed onto modern-day scenes—has expanded with brilliant new creations. The Ukrainian artist has taken up shop in Italy to cultivate a cohesive line of collage works. There, in the home of the Renaissance, Kondakov juxtaposes dreamy paintings with the photographic backdrops of contemporary Italian life.
As an art director, Kondakov employs masterful instincts and technique to place oil-rendered characters in mundane city streets. The result of his photo manipulations is not only stunning but surprisingly whimsical. Among the creations, Kondakov features feminine belles from the Pre-Raphaelite works of Bouguereau, Waterhouse, Leighton, as well as other romantic characters from Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical art. These muses, either dressed in flowing robes or not dressed at all, receive new storylines in Kondakov’s collages. By placing these antiquated characters inside clothing shops and riding public transportation, Kondakov breathes fresh life into old paintings.
Although the Napoli project is based in Italy, Kondakov superimposes paintings onto other European sites as well, including Berlin and London. To see more of his innovative collages as they happen, you can follow the artistically inclined photo manipulator on Instagram.