Wings of dead butterflies – who would have thought they would look so brilliant and appealing? In his works, Russian artist Vadim Zaritsky takes extremely delicate and recycled butterfly wings and then incorporates them into his paintings. Talking about his novel artworks, Zaritsky reveals that he doesn’t use live butterflies to create his paintings, rather he uses butterfly wings he finds on roads or donated by fellow butterfly collectors into his stunningly awesome works of art.
Zaritsky, a former police officer turned artist (or entomologist?) has been collecting dead butterfly wings ever since he was a child and, for more than five years now, has been using them as a medium for his art. Moreover, most of his 100 artworks involved one week to several months of dedication and patience.
Browse through the gallery below to know more about the variety of themes and inspirations in Zaritsky’s butterfly wing paintings: