Boris Vallejo - Legends of Fantasy Art vol.3
“I discovered fantasy art on an American comic magazine cover. It was a heroic woman fighting a prehistoric monster, and suddenly I knew that this was what I wanted to do.”
My tribute to Boris Vallejo one of the world's most popular and respected artists of fantasy and SF artwork.
Boris Vallejo was born in Lima, Peru in 1941. He was interest in art from a young age and started getting paid for painting at age 16, he graduated top student at Peru’s National School of Fine Arts in the early 1960’s and he moved to the United States in 1964.
He found a job in New York as a freelance artist for an advertising firm, he would illustrate ads for Christmas Cards and Franklin Mint sculpture collections amongst many other items.
Boris later found work painting covers for paperbacks, he contributed artwork to over 300 book and magazine covers, including covers for Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, Heavy Metal Magazine, Mad Magazine, Doc Savage and the Marvel comic Savage Sword of Conan.
"In the bookshops there are books side by side, and it is often the cover which decides whether a book is bought or not. A successful cover has to attract the potential customer like a magnet." (Boris Vallejo)
Boris also worked on several movie posters including Q the Winged Serpent, National Lampoon’s Vacation and European Vacation, Paradise Alley, Barbarian Queen, Nothing But Trouble, Deathstalker, Barbarella and Rubber.
Oil paint on board was Boris preference starting off with pencil sketches. Boris and his artist wife Julie Bell particularly enjoy painting well-muscled men and women wearing little or no clothing and facing mythological creatures or gods. Some of their recent art borders on the erotic.
In many paintings he would model himself or his wife Julie. His son Dorian Vallejo from a previous marriage is also an established artist. His daughter Maya is a professional photographer.
Boris has successfully published a series of bestselling calendars featuring his striking artwork for several decades now, in recent years he has been collaborating with his wife on the calendars.
There have been many books featuring Boris Vallejo’s artwork some of the best ones are – The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo (1980), Fantasy Art Techniques (1985), Dreams: The Art of Boris Vallejo (1999), The Ultimate Collection (2005), The Fabulous Women of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2006) and Imaginistix (2007).
Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell currently live in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Selected Book Covers:
Tarzan the Terrible (1973)
I am a Barbarian (1975)
A Guide to Barsoom (1976)
Outlaw of Gor (1976)
Tarzan and the Lost Empire (1976)
The Dragon and the George (1976)
Tarzan the Untamed (1976)
The Flying Sorcerers (1977)
Conan of Aquilonia (1977)
Tarzan and the Castaways (1977)
The Micronauts (1977)
Tarzan the Magnificent (1977)
The Magic Goes Away (1978)
Conan of the Isles (1979)
The Eternal Champion (1979)
Berserker's Planet (1980)
Conan the Wanderer (1980)
Captive of Gor (1980)
Flash Gordon vol.1-2 (1980)
The World of Tiers vol.1-2 (1981)
Agent of Vega (1981)
Demon Night (1982)
The Mercenary (1983)
Black Fire (1983)
Star Trek- The Wounded Sky (1983)
Conan the Magnificent (1984)
Conan the Victorious (1984)
A Day for Damnation (1984)
Star Trek- My Enemy My Ally (1984)
Conan the Triumphant (1985)
Star Trek- Killing Time (1985)
Conan the Fearless (1986)
Star Trek- Demons (1986)
Conan the Valorous (1986)
Crisis on Centaurus (1986)
Star Trek- Battlestations (1986)
Conan the Freebooter (1986)
Star Trek- Dreadnought (1986)
Prelude to Foundation (1988)
Vengeance of Orion (1988)
The Dragon Knight (1990)
Orion in the Dying Time (1990)
The Elvenbane (1991)
A Fire Upon the Deep (1992)
Battletech- Mercenary's Star (1992)
Berserker Kill (1993)
Conan the Buccaneer (1993)
Tek Vengeance (1993)
Empire Builders (1993)
Orion and the Conqueror (1994)
Tek Power (1994)
The Shattered Sphere (1994)
The Dragon and the Gnarly King (1997)
A Deepness in the Sky (2000)
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