Sanya Kantarovsky, Diseas of the Eyes, 2018 (video still)

The lush, moody paintings of Sanya Kantarovsky (b. 1982) combine wry humor and the silhouettes of contemporary characters with the acrid hues and stylistic inflections reminiscent of painter Paul Gauguin. Here, a selection of new and recent paintings set the scene for the premiere of the Russian-born artist’s new animation film, his largest cinematic venture to date.