Salavat Fidai is a Russian artist living in Ufa, Russia. He is a leader in the field of miniature sculptures, creating intricate and detailed art on the tips of pencils with diameters between 2mm to 5mm. After a 22-year career in law, his first worldwide fame came in 2014, when he painted onto pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and grains of rice – as well as painting copies of Van Gogh’s artwork onto matchboxes. At the end of 2014, he discovered a new material – graphite pencil – and with this, Salavat created his first micro-sculptures on pencil tips.
Carving one sculpture may take up to 12 hours, several days or a week. Salavat uses a microscope and a craft knife to create the individual sculptures. At first, he used Jumbo pencils with a rod diameter of 5 mm. Now the main materials are pencils with 2 mm rod diameter.
Many of Salavat’s works are now in international galleries and private collections including USA, Australia, Italy, France, the UAE, Germany, Singapore, and Russia.