17 year-old Avi Bhuyan from Saint Petersburg is no stranger to the artistic world. Utilizing 3d technology to make cover art combines both his love of music and his passion for visual art so profoundly, you can almost hear the beat as you take a look.
Bhuyan’s signature use of neon takes us back to the 60’s– the time of counterculture and tie dye– of Star Trek and political revolt. Through vibrant and expressive color, Bhuyan fills the viewer with both nostalgia and a sense of connection with the art in ways we cannot fully understand ourselves.
In one particular piece, we are transported to a pitch black scene. Emerging from what can only be described as galactic waters are two pairs of human hands– reaching. Bhuyan has achieved in this piece what all art hopes to do: find a connection with the viewer. We can feel the humanistic need to climb out from what is holding us back– the waters Avi illustrate represent that need. The viewer does not know what exactly the hands are reaching for– but we know we want to help. We want to reach through our world and into Bhuyan’s and pull the hands out. In this desire, Bhuyan has pulled us in.
In another of Bhuyan’s pieces, a metallic skeleton holds a glowing orb towards the viewer, almost breaking the fourth wall as if it were an offering from art to reality. This piece of art represents the skillful way Bhuyan combines what is real and what they have created. This combination is made clear in all of the artist’s works, as the clear line between fiction and reality finds itself blurred. It is as if the energy alone in Bhuyan’s artwork makes you want to jump through the screen and become a part of his world. Avi Bhuyan, through his art, offers us an escape– and we just might take it.