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Gromyko Semper

Gromyko Semper is an artist based in Cabantuan City, Philippines. Largely self taught, his work has been exhibited in Germany, the United States, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Semper’s drawings are executed to imitate woodcut prints, embody a personal, invented mythology after the fashion of William Blake in the early nineteenth century; the symbolists, surrealists and decadents; and up to and including British artist Patrick Woodroffe’s Mythopoeikon (1976) and The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony (1979) and the forerunner of Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, the influential visionary painter, Ernst Fuchs. Semper’s woodblock style has some affinities with Albretch Durer’s, but is quite unique, drawing heavily on both the Roman Catholic and supernatural folk traditions of the Philippines, quantum mechanics, alchemy, world mythology, classical art, occult, art nouveau, and the gamut of erotic drawing from Japanese Ukiyo-E to Aubrey Beardsley.

Gromyko see his artwork as a mystic revelation of a hitherto unknown mythos and pantheon, a synthesis of Jung, Kabala, Gnosticism, and various archetypes borrowed from the ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean, the Middle and Far East to encode a synthesis of his views.

In 2009 he worked with Mexican artist Hector Pineda to co-edit the book “Imagine the Imagination – new visions of Surrealism” (ISBN ). He was also included in the publication.


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Endangered Visions Exhibition

Start: 15/10/2014
End: 19/10/2014
Endangered Visions is a group exhibition of local and international artists exemplifying the Surreal, the Visionary and the Fantastic. Endangered Visions features 41 artists in total, with 23 foreign and 18 local. This is the first show of its kind in the Philippines. Manilart 2014, the exhibition will run October 15-19 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

International Surrealism Now Exhibition in Lisbon

Start: 30/11/2013
End: 04/01/2014
From November 30 to January 4, the "Casa Roque Gameiro" in Amadora, Lisbon - Portugal, will host the art exhibition "International surrealism now", curated by artist Santiago Ribeiro.
Dreams and Divinities Travelling Exhibition 2013

Dreams and Divinities Travelling Exhibition 2013

Start: 22/03/2013
End: 31/03/2013
On the Spring Equinox of 2013 an exhibition of fifty nine Visionary, Surrealist and Fantastic artists and the book 'Divining the Dream' will be launched in Toledo, Spain. The launch will take place at a Dreams & Divinity Conscious Art Conference in the landmark Iglesia de San Marco.

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