Misha Safron, 2022
Once again I turned to Greek mythology for inspiration. I picked Orion as a subject to interpret through my art. I wanted to create something different and more complex than my other pieces yet remain true to my style. I’ve always been fascinated with stars in the night sky. Orion is one of the most recognizable constellations visible throughout the world. Since the dawn of time people could see it shining above them in the dark so they made stories about the origins of the celestial bodies. According to myths, Orion was the son of Poseidon the sea god and Euryale, daughter of King Minos of Crete. Thanks to his father, Orion had the ability to walk on water. Orion was described as a handsome and mighty hunter, armed with an unbreakable club of solid bronze. Using his special ability, Orion was able to reach the island of Chios, from which he is said to have driven the wild beasts. There he fell in love with Merope, daughter of the king of Chios, Oenopion. The king, who disapproved of Orion and continually deferred the nuptials, eventually had Orion blinded. His vision restored by the rays of the rising sun, Orion is said to have gone to Crete to live with Artemis as a hunter. Accounts of his death vary widely: some legends have him killed by Artemis, others of Apollo’s jealousy over Artemis’ love of Orion; still other legends have him killed by a monstrous scorpion. After his death he was placed among the stars. In the sky he chases the Pleiades and is himself pursued by Scorpio.
Misha Safron is an immigrant and a self-taught visual artist currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. His first art love was photo-realistic black-and-white pencil portraits and gold gilding, however the discovery of digital painting pushed him into a new stage of his art career. Misha immersed himself into creating digital art about ten years ago while experimenting with vibrant colors in Photoshop and Illustrator. That new medium as well as the rise of NFTs put him into various art shows during NFT.nyc 2021/2022 and Art Basel Miami. The beauty of human faces and bodies to this day remains his favorite subject.