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Valerio Carrubba is an Italian painter who creates surrealistic works with a strong feel of realism in their depictions.

Using various styles, his exceptionally detailed paintings draw from surrealism, Baroque and Renaissance, while their figures being mysterious, self-destructed creatures that expose their head’s and body’s inner anatomy. Carrubba impressive work stands as a proof to his skills and vision, while he manages to combine two notions that almost never have something in common; the natural with the surreal.

In an interview with Don’t Panic the artist shared, “Most of the painting subjects are taken from picture plates on ancient and modern anatomy or surgery atlases. I rearrange them, adding more hands, more knives, more wounds and a background. Because I do not want to illustrate actual medical practice, I usually copy thees instruments as they appear on the original plates. I too was surprised on seeing that kitchen knife, but maybe that was the shape of the bistouries (long, narrow surgical knives) in the XVIII century. Anyway, it makes the painting more disturbing, and I think it’s a good quality.”

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