France-based Cyril Rolando is a digital painter and is probably one of the best in this genre of art. Rolando creates surreal artworks of a fantasy universe, mixed with illusions. By looking at his work, one can find themselves speechless. The illusions created by him are impeccable piece of work. His work , as Rolando describes his artworks as otherworldly.

His works are inspired by artists Tim Burton and Hayao Miyazaki. Rolando speaking about his surreal artworks writes on his DeviantArt profile, “Tim Burton and Hayao Miyazaki are both the roots of my own world. I like the surrealism movement, especially the work of Boris Vian and his ‘Foam of the Daze’ (L’Ecume des jours),”

Rolando is psychologist and 29 years old, never really took art classes and doesn’t believe in cliches. He looks at art as and expression of emotion and is heavily inspired by intricate human emotions. Rolando’s works are just not about sparkling colours and digital manipulation, his brief about the inspiration reads, “I am curious of life. I admire the work of the time, the evolution of societies, the change of thoughts, the human revolutions….how drops after drops are born oceans. I choose the pseudo Aquasixio to put together my favorite element with my favorite digit. My characters are often lost children or in quest for their truth (and not THE truth). Their stories are quite sad but the darkness of life is more inspiring than happy and safe people, in my opinion.” as he writes on DeviantArt. (ALSO READ: These impressive illustrations are bold & beautiful ode to popular female movie characters)

Take a look at Rolando’s work here:

1. Meet Me Halfway


2. Should I Stay Or Should I Go


3. What Do You Wanna?



4. Dandelions



5. Calypso


6. All My Studies


7. Don’t Trash Your Dreams


8. Feral Strings


9. A Painting As A Door


10. Us


11. The Hope


12. Show Me Love


13. After The Rain


14. You Are Mine


15. I Miss You


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image source: DeviantArt/Cyril Rolando