Stefania Russo - Illusorya - Portrait - Divignano ArtistIn the meanders of North-West Italy, between countryside and stretched woods, stands a small invisible dwelling haunted by ghosts

The owner, such Illusorya (previously also as alias LadyFanhir), lives hidden between dark emotions and creatures of oil and watercolor.
Stefania Russo, her real name, is an artist who, identifying herself with the most elegant and dreamlike forms of the Dark Grotesque, prefers to represent emotions and impress on paper (or trough little handmade treasures) what people would hide in their own wardrobe, along with the skeletons.

Her love for art and illustration was born during the teenage years at the Professional School of Fashion (IPSIA Bellini), where she discovered the world of minor art, comics and metal music.

 

Inspired by the great contemporary masters of Fantasy and Gothic, after her studies and subsequent work experience as a restorer of antique furniture, she takes the wise decision to leave everything and immerse herself in the world of Art, studying as a self-taught and training hard between sacrifices and psychological torture equal to those of the Holy Inquisition.
It was precisely from these experiences that Illusorya he found a passion far stronger than that of "simple" drawing and learning what books do not teach: exploring the dark side of the human mind.
Her love for Macabre easily opens firm doors. Everything that came from mental illness, yearning, paradoxical emotions such as Frustration up to real attitudes and behaviors bordering on Grotesque, by the people and the everyday life around her.
A dark world represented in her own personal surreal style and full of colors but frank, like a "Dark Fairytale" of modern times.
In her misanthropy, Illusorya creates seductive works in the eyes of the most inexperienced, to the point of striking in the heart of those who valiantly delve into the details of pencils and watercolors.

Some benefactors have decided to take for them self and let emigrate her art out of the mists that reign supreme in that village in Northern Italy, embracing the cause of Illusorya .

Her art has been published in several international publications, like Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Avari Magazine, Templum Magazine, "Pandaemonioum" and "Enchanted" by Out Of Step Books Publishing.

IIn 2016 she founded, along with the Swedish artist Sandra Hultsved, the collective and later online gallery "Memento Tea Gallery"dedicated to the Dark & ​​Grotesque genre, where national and international painters and sculptors took part in the project. Memento Tea Gallery is currently on hiatus for logistical reasons.

Illusorya currently works as freelance and participating in global art projects such as 78 Tarot.

Coming out of her haunted mansion sometime, Illusorya she expose in comicons, festivals and group exhibitions in international galleries, such as Penumbra Gallery (Lisbon, PORTUGAL), La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, USA) and Tangent Gallery (Detroit, USA).
Obviously, there are requests of commissions from brave souls who are preparing to show their true face, without a mask, and imprint forever in a deliciously Dark artwork.

 

"Stefania Russo (formerly, aka LadyFanhir) self-taught gothic traditional artist who creates expressive, powerfully sexual work that combines, sorrow, hunger, lust and strength"
-The WallBreakers

 

Work in progress - Oil painting - Illusorya - Stefania Russo

 


Exhibitions & Exhibitions || Publications, Review & Awards || Customers & Commercial Licenses



Exhibitions & Exhibitions
Year 2021
- Exhibition at T.Ink, Tortona (AL), ITALY (due to the Covid-19 emergency and related DCPM, the event will be online).
- Exhibition at ALEcomics, Cittadella di Alessandria. ITALY.
- Exhibition at Esoterica Festival, La Loggia, Turin. ITALY (Event Canceled)

Year 2020
- Exhibition at the Nerd Show, Bologna, ITALY.
- Exhibition at ALEcomics, Cittadella di Alessandria, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the group exhibition: "The Coaster Show 2020", Gallery 30th South, California, USA.
- Performance in the collective exhibition: "Kaosfaktor - Winter Solstice Salon", Kaosfaktor Konstsalong. Malmö, SWEDEN (date to be confirmed, due to the Covid-19 emergency).

Year 2019
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "20", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "Danse Macabre", Memento Tea Gallery. ONLINE.
- Exhibition at the ZAPP! Festival, Pescara, ITALY.
- Exhibition at the Fiera Del Mistero, Desio (MB), ITALY.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "How Long Is Forever", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "Centuries Decay", Memento Tea Gallery. ONLINE.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "Dante Alighieri's Inferno", Inmagine Fine Art. ITALY.
- Exhibition at ALEcomics, Alessandria, ITALY.

Year 2018
- Exhibition at Cartoomics, Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "Obra Prima", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Exhibition at the Italian Doll Convention, Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition at NOVA - Cosplay Comics Games, Nova Milanese, ITALY.
- Exhibition at the ZAPP! Festival, Pescara, ITALY.
- Exhibition at ALEcomics, Alessandria, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "Lost In Wonderland", Virtual Art Gallery, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the group exhibition: "The Coaster Show 2018: Volume Six", Gallery 30th South, California, USA.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "Epeolatry", Auxilium Haus (formerly Alexi Era Gallery). Eugene, USA.

Year 2017
- Performance in the collective exhibition: "A Night At The Movies", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Exhibition at In Fantasy Land, Legnano, ITALY.
- Exhibition at Cartoomics, Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition at the Cartoon Festival, Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the group exhibition: "The 5th Annual Coaster Show", La Lez De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles.
- Exhibition at ALEcomics, Alessandria, ITALY.
- Exhibition at Halloween Horror Show, Milan, ITALY. -deleted event from management-
- Performance in the collective exhibition: "Damned X". Detroit, USA.
- Exhibition at Fumettopoli, Milan, ITALY.
- Performance in the charity exhibition: Holiday Benefit Extravaganza, "Krampus Night". Detroit, USA.

Year 2016
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "78 Tarot Nautical", Eight and Sand Gallery and subsequently Push / Pull Gallery. Seattle, USA.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "8x8", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "Breacking Borders - Spellbound", Tangent Gallery, Detroit, USA.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "The Dark One", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Exhibition in the group exhibition: "The 4th Annual Coaster Show", La Lez De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles.
- Performance in the collective exhibition: "78 Tarot Carnival", Eight and Sand Gallery. Seattle, USA.
- Exhibition at Torino Comics, ITALY.
- Exhibition at Fumettopoli, Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition at the Comics Festival, Novegro, ITALY.
- Exhibition at ALEComics, ITALY
- Exhibition at iComix, ITALY.
- Performance in the charity exhibition: "Untamed Fauna", Alexi Era Gallery. Oregon, USA.

Year 2015
- Exhibition at Torino Comics, ITALY.
- Exhibition at Arcadia Comix, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "INK.²", Tangent Gallery, Detroit. USA.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "Breacking Borders - Elements", Tangent Gallery, Detroit, USA.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "Freak Show", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Exhibition at Fumettopoli, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "Memento Mori", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Exhibition at iComix, ITALY.
- Exhibition at Clerici Cosplay & Comics, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the collective exhibition: "78 Tarot Nautical", Eight and Sand Gallery and subsequently Push / Pull Gallery. Seattle, USA.
- Performance in the charity exhibition: Holiday Benefit Extravaganza, at "Krampus Night". Detroit, USA.

Year 2014
- Performance in the collective exhibition: "Damned VII". Detroit, USA.
- Exhibition at Novara Manga Comics and Games. Novara, ITALY.
- Exhibition at Arcadia Comics. Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition at the Fumettopoli. Milan, ITALY.
- iComix exposure. Milan, ITALY.

Year 2012
- Performance in the group show: "100,1 Artists Project" -Art Take Miami 2012-, online group show at SCOPE Miami.
- Artistic Handicraft Exhibition, Bellinzago, ITALY.
- Artistic Handicraft Exhibition, Verbania, ITALY.

Year 2007
- Solo Show at Irene Art Café, Novara, ITALY.

Year 2006
- Solo Show at Irene Art Café, Novara, ITALY.


Publications, Review & Awards
Year 2021
- Article "The tale of Illusorya: Exploring the Dark Grotesque", on Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.
- Collective global collaboration: 78 Tarot for Animal Deck: "3 of Swords" card.
- Podcast interview on Radio News24
- Article "With my Dark style I transpose fragments of life" in the Giornale di Arona

Year 2020
- Daily Deviation on deviantART.com "Chorus Mortis"
- Collective global collaboration: 78 Tarot for Ecological Deck: "The Judgment" card.
- Cover and publication of selected works on the magazine "MarvelousArt Gallery".
- Publication of selected works in the magazine "NUMiNOUS Magazine"- Pandemic Issue.

Year 2019
- Collective global collaboration: 78 Tarot for Elemental Deck: "5 of Swords" card.
- Article about "The Horror Zine".
- Interview on "Artist's Circle of Hell" by Memento Tea Gallery.
- Cover and publication of selected works on "The Horror Zine".

Year 2018
- Collective global collaboration: 78 Tarot for Mythical Deck: "10 of Swords" card.
- Interview on The Heroine's Journey.
- Cover and article on "The Horror Zine".

Year 2017
- Collective global collaboration: 78 Tarot for Astral Deck: "5 of Cups" card.
- Self-publishing Coloring Book: "Bloody Tears", a collection of Gothic & Horror colorart lineart

Year 2016
- Collective global collaboration: 78 Tarot for Carnival Deck -Cirque du Tarot-: "Eight of Swords" card.
- Article on "Avari Magazine"- Twisted Holidays 2015
- Article on "Enchanted"book by Out Of Step Books publisher.

Year 2015
- Interview on Spak @ rt - Viscere in Art.
- Article about Mega * Zine Lost & Found, issue 12/2015: "Seeds of Destruction".
- Self-publishing  Artbook: "Fanhir's Illusory Art", selection of works 2012-2015.
- Global collaboration on: 78 Tarot for Nautical Deck: "Ace of Wands" card.
- Article on "Pandaemonium: Devils, Demons & Monsters "book by Out Of Step Books publishing.
- Daily Deviation on deviantART.com "SelFie Porn": "SeLfie PoRn by StefaniaRusso makes a blunt statement in the artist's own unique and compelling style."

Year 2014
- Daily Deviation on deviantART: "Fear Of The Dark"
- Article about The WallBreakers.
- Article on Wocozome Magazine.
- Interview on Last Laugh Magazine 8th Issue.
- "Fear Of The Dark" (lineart) released on "Brain Celebration" Coloring Book by Ellen Million.

Year 2013
- Featured Portfolio on Shadowness.com.
- Article about Twohundredby200 Magazine 8th Issue.
- Interview on Templum Digital Art Collection Magazine 6th Issue.
- Daily Feature at Shadowness.com: Dia De Los Muertos
- Daily Feature at Shadowness.com: Take A Look Outside The Gaze

Year 2012
- Selected for 100,1 Artists Project -Art Take Miami 2012- powered by See Me online exposure at SCOPE Miami 2012.
- Interview on Shocaseme.
- Interview on Artist Corner.
- Article on The Art Is Life.
- Interview on Japanimando Magazine 19th Issue.
- Daily Deviation at deviantART.com: "Requiem For The Innocence"with review:" The rapacity of death and a Requiem For The Innocence; watercolors and ink from LadyFanhir "
- Daily Feature at Shadowness.com: Midnight Masquerade

Year 2011
- TBA (Today's Best Awards Showcase) on Zazzle: "Genie In A Pumpkin"
- Daily Featured on Shadowness.com: Winter's Song
- Daily Deviation at deviantART.com: Tattoo - Angel with review "Behold the beauty and grandeur of the angel holding a Triquetra symbol and a sword. This intriguing tattoo design is hand-drawn and presented in a very lovely way"


Customers & Commercial Licenses
Licenses, shops, commercial clients and graphics companies (in addition to private commissions):
- deviantART.com Store
- Redbubble
- Ellen Million Graphics
- "Ventura's Daily" RPG game - Characters Design
+ Tube Files licensed to The PsP Project, UpYourArt and Dreamscapeimaging (2012-2015).
+ Zazzle.com (2010 - 2016)
+ Nuvango (2014 - 2015)
+ Camaloon (2013 - 2015)
+ Design by Humans (2016 - 2021)
+ Modify Watches (2015 - 2018)

 

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Dark Art Movement - Official Member