Amir Zand

/ F A I T H /

Crypto Mermaids


Crypto Mermaids


May 27, 2023

Amir Zand

Title of work: / F A I T H /

Year produced: 2022

Artist Bio

Amir Zand, born on September 27, 1990, is an Iranian-Turkish multidisciplinary digital artist specializing in concept design, illustration, and the creator of Project Anomaly. Over the past decade, Amir's unique creative vision has attracted many names in the sci-fi culture industry. His work has been featured in a variety of books, magazines, and exhibitions. He has designed over 50 book covers and provided illustrations for universes such as DUNE, Star Wars, Warhammer 40k, Halo, Mortal Engines, and Wandering Earth. Additionally, he has created visuals and concept designs for various animation and video game cinematics. His clients include Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft, Psyop, Axis, Disney, and EddyTV. Amir's art has been featured three times in the Spectrum Fantastic Contemporary Art book, and he was named one of the 100 Most Attractive Illustrators in the world by the Japan Illustrator's Association in 2020. Currently, he is working on designs for Star Wars Eclipse, while also dedicating time to his personal project, Anomaly, where he can fully immerse himself in expressing his most intimate experiences and visions in visual form.

What do you want our readers to know about this work?

Being a Dreamer comes with a heavy price. Fallbacks, pain & heartbreaks, waves after waves pushing you back so that you finally give up, but you won't. You’ll manage to hold on against all odds… there will be moments that suggest letting go of hope, you are tired, feeling like you are going to break any moment. The destination seems so far out of reach, it’s at this moment when holding on means the most, remember that it is always darkest before dawn…

How would you describe this artwork to someone who is blind?

/FAITH/ is an evocative artwork that invites you to become a part of its story. At the center of the painting, a young man named Dreamer stands in an infinite water stream, embodying the viewer's presence within the artwork. As Dreamer gazes ahead, his attention is captured by a monumental statue of a woman upon a solid rocky ground that is floating like an island in the middle of streams. Majestic and seated on her knees, she clutches a colossal monolith, symbolizing the challenges and hardships that life presents. With one hand, she holds a spherical object, hinting at the power of dreams and aspirations. Time and trials have left their marks on the statue, visible through cracks and broken fragments. Yet, amidst these imperfections, the artwork carries a profound message of resilience and hope. It serves as a reminder that when life becomes arduous, we, like Dreamer, can find strength by clinging to our dreams and embracing the belief that even in the darkest of times, dawn awaits. 'Dreamer' beckons you to reflect upon your own journey and find solace in the transformative power of hope.

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