Vadym Solowski

 
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Vadym Solowski is a Nuclear Power engineer who became an Artist, Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Art Director. He adores to tell stories, catch feelings, make connections, encourage reflection. And eat pizza. His visual communication is based on a double meaning, symbolic and playful language, that is like music — does not need a translation. Most of his time he devotes to illustrations for magazines, posters, covers.

From time to time he also binds words in sweaters or stories and sometimes he presents some of his ideas in installations or performances at artistic exhibitions. His posters travel to different parts of the world — Spain, Bolivia, the Netherlands, India, Italy, Russia, Slovakia and others. He currently lives in Warsaw, but wants to move to Barcelona and die in New York.


What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

I am reading now How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking from Jordan Ellenberg.
My 'No.1' on the list of 'Favourite Books of All Time', unfortunately, is unavailable in English. 'Жесть' written by Сашко Ушкалов (originally written in Ukrainian) is a collection of stories, each of which can be a short film in the style of Woody Allen.

Among other favourite books of all time will be:
Watchmen by the creative team of writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colourist John Higgins;
Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman illustrated with the striking four-colour artwork of Chris Riddell;
Oscar and the Lady in Pink - a novel of Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt;
Empire V by Victor Olegovich Pelevin;
Jonathan Livingston Seagull written by Richard Bach and illustrated by Russell Munson;
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - popular science book by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Most visited blogs, websites? : 

Creative Boom
VICE
Google
PornHub
Wikipedia

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What apps do you use the most and why?

Instagram (for inspiration and waste of time)
Telegram (for messaging with friends and family)
Chess.com App (for playing chess, of course:)
CoinKeeper (managing my finances)
Spotify (for soundtracks of my everyday life)

Whats currently on your playlist?

You're Somebody Else by flora cash
The New Great Depression by The Moth & The Flame
Ostanemsia Zdes by Zoloto
Vossi Bop by Stormzy
Drifting by Maverick Sabre
You're a Man Now, Boy by Raleigh Ritchie
Start a Riot by Duckwrth / Shaboozey
Empty Space by James Arthur
SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK by Joji
Jolie môme by Rezinsky
Нимфоманка by Monetochka
Do It Myself by Russ
i by Kendrick Lamar
HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar
Город под подошвой by Oxxxymiron
ill Manors by Plan B

What records would you recommend to hear?

When I Wake Up by Maverick Sabre
ill Manors by Plan B
good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar
This Unruly Mess I've Made by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Snatch by Guy Ritchie
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels by Guy Ritchie
(500) Days of Summer by Marc Webb
The Happy Film by Stefan Sagmeister
Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino
The Square by Ruben Östlund
Us by Jordan Peele
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh
La Grande Bellezza by Paolo Sorrentino
Loving Vincent by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman
Léon by Luc Besson
Forrest Gump by Robert Zemeckis
Revolver by Guy Ritchie
Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) by Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Rock'n'Rolla by Guy Ritchie

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Javier Jaen
Christoph Niemann
Dawid Ryski
Banksy
Andrea Ucini
Maurizio Cattelan

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What tools do you use in your work?

Wacom Intuos Pro
Adobe Photoshop
Sketchbook + Pencil / Ink Rollerball Pen
Grammarly

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

MIT Technology Review
VICE

What are your favorite gadgets?

T-Shirt with Basquiat's painting print 
Pilot V5 Hi-Techpoint
Handmade Leather Backpack
Swatch Flik Flak

LINKS

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Vadym’s Instagram

ARTICLE INFO & CREDITS

Portrait image by © Dawid H. Gronski