Artist

Stefania Russo - Illusorya - Ritratto - Artista Divignano In the meanders of North-West Italy, between the countryside and stretched woods, stands a small abode haunted by ghosts. The owner, such Illusorya (formerly, known as LadyFanhir), living hidden among Dark Emotions and creatures of Oil and Watercolor.
Identifying herself with the most elegant and dreamlike forms of the Dark Grotesque, Stefania Russo is an artist who prefers to represent emotions and impress on paper (or in small treasures, created by her hands) what people would hide in their closet, together to the skeletons.

Her love for art and illustration was born in her teenage years at the Professional School of Fashion (IPSIA Bellini), where she discovered the world of minor art, comics and metal music.
Inspired by the great masters contemporaries of Fantasy & Gothic, after studying and working experience as a restorer of antique furniture, she takes the wise decision to abandon everything and immerse herself in the world of Art, studying as self-taught and training hard between sacrifices and psychological tortures equal to those of the late Saint Inquisition.

It was from that moment that Illusorya discovered a passion far stronger than that of "simple" drawing and learning what books don't teach: exploring the dark side of the human mind.
Her love for the Macabre easily opens firm doors. Everything that derives from mental illness, yearning, paradoxical emotions, such as frustration, up to real attitudes and behaviors on the edge of the grotesque of people and everyday life, around her.
A dark world represented in her personal surreal style and full of colors but straightforward, like a "Dark Fairytale" of modern times.
In her misanthropy, Illusorya creates seductive works in the eyes of the most inexperienced, to the point of striking in the heart of those who valiantly delve into the details of pencils and watercolors.

Her art has been published in various international magazines, such as Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Heavy Music Artwork , Avari Magazine, "Pandaemonioum" and "Enchanted" from Out Of Step Books Publishing.
In 2016 she founded, along with Swedish artist Sandra Hultsved, the online gallery "Memento Tea Gallery" dedicated to the Dark & ​​Grotesque genre, where national and international painters and sculptors participated in the project. Memento Tea Gallery is currently on hiatus for logistical reasons.

Illusorya currently working as an  indie artist participating in global art projects such as 78 Tarot and Braiiinz! Publishing. Currently, she is a member of the global organization Dark Art Movement, where artists of the genre are promoted.
Coming out of her haunted mansion, sometimes, Illusorya exhibits at comicons and group exhibitions in international galleries, such as Penumbra Gallery (Lisbon, PORTUGAL), La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, USA) and Tangent Gallery (Detroit , USA).
Obviously, she working also on private commissions from brave souls who are preparing to show their true face, without a mask, and imprint forever in a deliciously Dark artwork.

"Ste fania Russo (formerly, aka LadyFanhir) traditional Italian Fantasy / Gothic self-taught artist, creates expressive and highly sensual art that combines pain, hunger, lust and strength"
- The WallBreakers

Work in progress - Oil Painting - Dark Art - Illusorya - Stefania Russo

Events & Exhibitions || Publications, Review & Awards || Customers & Commercial Licenses



Events & Exhibitions

Year 2022
- TInk Festival, Tortona (AL), ITALY

Year 2021
- T.Ink Festival, Tortona (AL), ITALY (due to the Covid-19 emergency and related DCPM the event will be online).
- ALEcomics, Cittadella di Alexandria. ITALY. - Mlano Comics and Games, MalpensaFiere (Busto Arsizio), ITALY.

Year 2020
- Nerd Show, Bologna, ITALY.
- ALEcomics, Cittadella di Alessandria, ITALY.
- Collective exhibition: "The Coaster Show 2020", Gallery 30th South, California, USA.
- Collective exhibition: "Kaosfaktor - Winter Solstice Salon", Kaosfaktor Konstsalong. Malmö, SWEDEN (canceled due to Covid-19 emergency).

Year 2019
- Collective exhibition: "20", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Collective exhibition: "Danse Macabre", Memento Tea Gallery. ONLINE.
- ZAPP! Festival, Pescara, ITALY.
- Fiera Del Mistero, Desio (MB), ITALY.
- Collective exhibition: "How Long Is Forever", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Collective exhibition: "Centuries Decay", Memento Tea Gallery. ONLINE.
- Collective exhibition: "Dante Alighieri's Inferno", Inmagine Fine Art. ITALY.
- ALEcomics, Alessandria, ITALY.

Year 2018
- Cartoomics, Milan, ITALY.
- Collective exhibition: "Obra Prima", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Italian Doll Convention, Milan, ITALY.
- NOVA - Cosplay Comics Games, Nova Milanese, ITALY.
- ZAPP! Festival, Pescara, ITALY.
- ALEcomics, Alessandria, ITALY.
- Collective exhibition: "Lost In Wonderland", Virtual Art Gallery, ITALY.
- Collective exhibition: "The Coaster Show 2018: Volume Six ", Gallery 30th South, California, USA.
- Collective exhibition:" Epeolatry ", Auxilium Haus (formerly Alexi Era Gallery). Eugene, USA.

Year 2017
- Collective exhibition: "A Night At The Movies", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- In Fantasy Land, Legnano, ITALY.
- Cartoomics, Milan, ITALY.
- Comic Strip Festival, Milan, ITALY.
- Collective exhibition: "The 5th Annual Coaster Show ", La Lez De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles.
- ALEcomics, Alessandria, ITALY.
- Halloween Horror Show, Milan, ITALY. -deleted event from management-
- Collective exhibition: "Damned X". Detroit, USA.
- Fumettopoli, Milan, ITALY.
- Charity exhibition: Holiday Benefit Extravaganza, "Krampus Night". Detroit, USA.

Year 2016
- Collective exhibition: "78 Tarot Nautical", Eight and Sand Gallery and subsequently Push / Pull Gallery. Seattle, USA.
- M collective exhibition: "8x8", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- M collective exhibition: "Breacking Borders - Spellbound", Tangent Gallery, Detroit, USA.
- M collective exhibition: "The Dark One ", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- M collective exhibition: "The 4th Annual Coaster Show", La Lez De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles.
- M collective exhibition: " 78 Tarot Carnival ", Eight and Sand Gallery. Seattle, USA.
- Torino Comics, ITALY.
- Fumettopoli, Milan, ITALY.
- Comics Festival, Novegro, ITALY.
- ALEComics, Alessandria, ITALY
- iComix, Milan, ITALY.
- M charity collective exhibition: "Untamed Fauna", Alexi Era Gallery. Oregon, USA.

Year 2015
- Torino Comics, ITALY.
- Arcadia Comix, ITALY.
- Collective exhibition: "INK.²", Tangent Gallery, Detroit. USA.
- Collective exhibition: "Breacking Borders - Elements", Tangent Gallery, Detroit, USA.
- Collective exhibition: "Freak Show", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Fumettopoli, ITALY.
- Collective exhibition: "Memento Mori", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- iComix, ITALY.
- Clerici Cosplay & Comics, ITALY.
- Collective exhibition: "78 Tarot Nautical", Eight and Sand Gallery and subsequently Push / Pull Gallery. Seattle, USA.
- Charity exhibition: Holiday Benefit Extravaganza, at "Krampus Night" Detroit, USA.

Year 2014
- Group exhibition: "Damned VII". Detroit, USA.
- Novara Manga Comics and Games. Novara, ITALY.
- Arcadia Comics. Milan, ITALY.
- Fumettopoli. Milan, ITALY.
- iComix. Milano, ITALY.

Year 2012
- Collective exhibition: "100,1 Artists Project" -Art Take Miami 2012-, online group show at SCOPE Miami.
- Artistic Handicraft, Bellinzago, ITALY.
- Artistic Handicraft, Verbania, ITALY.

Year 2007
- Solo Show at Irene Art Café, Novara, ITALY.

Year 2006
- Solo Show at the Irene Art Café, Novara, ITALY.


Publications, Review & Awards

Year 2022
- Global collective collaboration: 78 Tarot for Magical Deck: "Poppet" oracle edition card.
- Global collective collaboration: Braiiinz ! Publishing for "Mystica" Tarot. Sketch cards.

Year 2021
- Article "The tale of Illusorya: Exploring the Dark Grotesque", on Beautiful Bizarre Magazine .
- Collective global collaboration: 78 Tarot for Animal Deck: "3 of Swords" card.
- Podcast interview on Radio News24
- Article "With my Dark style I transpose fragments of life" onto Journal of Arona.
- Article "Illusorya's Tales from Nowhere", on Beautiful Bizarre Magazine .

- Article "Stefania Russo - Empath Art", on Heavy Music Artwork.

Year 2020
- Daily Deviation on deviantART.com "Chorus Mortis"
- Global collective collaboration: 78 Tarot for Ecological Deck: "The Judgment "card.
- Cover and publication of selected works, on the magazine " MarvelousArt Gallery ".
- Publication of selected works on the magazine " NUMiNOUS Magazine "- Pandemic Issue .

Year 2019
- Global Collective Collaboration: 78 Tarot for Elemental Deck:" 5 of Swords "card.
- Article on " The Horror Zine ".
- Interview on" Artist's Circle of Hell " by Memento Tea Gallery .
- Cover and publication of selected works on " The Horror Zine ".

Year 2018
- Global collective collaboration: 78 Tarot for Mythical Deck: "10 of Swords" card.
- Interview on The Heroine's Journey .
- Cover and article on " The Horror Zine ".
< br> Year 2017
- Global collective collaboration: 78 Tarot for Astral Deck: "5 of Cups" card.
- Self-publishing Coloring Book: "Bloody Tears ", A collection of Gothic & Horror colorart lineart

Year 2016
- Global collective collaboration: 78 Tarot for Carnival Deck -Cirque du Tarot-:" Eight of Swords "card.
- Article on" Avari Magazine "- Twisted Holidays 2015
- Article on" Enchanted "book by Out Of Step Books publisher.

Year 2015
- Interview on Spak @ rt - Viscere nell'Arte .
- Article on Mega * Zine Lost & Found , issue 12/2015: "Seeds of Destruction" .
- Self-publication Artbook: "Fanhir's Illusory Art", selection of works 2012-2015.
- Global collaboration on : 78 Tarot for Nautical Deck: "Ace of Wands" card.
- Article about " Pandaemonium: Devils, Demons & Monsters" book by Out Of Step Books publishing. < br> - Daily Deviation on deviantART.com "SelFie Porn" : "SeLfie PoRn by StefaniaRusso makes a blunt statement in the artist's own unique and compelling style."

Year 2014
- Daily Deviation on deviantART: "Fear Of The Dark "
- Article on The WallBreakers .
- Article on Wocozome Magazine.
- Last Laugh Magazine 8th Issue Interview
- "Fear Of The Dark" (lineart) published on "Brain Celebration" Coloring Book by Ellen Million.

Year 2013
- Featured Portfolio on Shadowness.com.
- Article on Twohundredby200 Magazine 8th Issue .
- Interview on Templum Digital Art Collection Magazine 6th Issue.
- Daily Feature on Shadowness.com: Dia De Los Muertos
- Daily Feature on Shadowness.com: Take A Look Outside The Gaze

Year 2012
- Selected for 100,1 Artists Project -Art Take Miami 2012- powered by See Me online exposure at SCOPE Miami 2012.
- Interview on Shocaseme .
- Interview on Artist Corner.
- Article on The Art Is Life.
- Interview on Japanimando Magazine 19th Issue.
- D aily Deviation on deviantART.com: "Requiem For The Innocence " with review: "The rapacity of death and a Requiem For The Innocence; watercolors and in k from LadyFanhir "
- Daily Feature on Shadowness.com: Midnight Masquerade

Year 2011
- TBA (Today's Best Awards Showcase) on Zazzle:" Genie In A Pumpkin "
- Daily Featured at Shadowness.com: Winter's Song
- Daily Deviation at deviantART.com: Tattoo - Angel with review" Behold the beauty and grandeur of the angel holding a Triquetra symbol and a sword. This intriguing tattoo design is hand-drawn and presented in a very lovely way "


Customers & Commercial Licenses

Licenses, shops, commercial clients and graphic companies (in addition to private commissions):
- 78 Tarot
- Braiiinz! Publishing
- deviantART.com Store
- RedBubble
- Ellen Million Graphics
- " Ventura newspaper "RPG game - Characters Design
+ Tube Files licensed to The PsP Project, UpYourArt and Dreamscapeimaging (2012-2015).
+ Zazzle.com (2010 - 2016)
+ Nuvango (2014 - 2015)
+ Camaloon (2013 - 2015)
+ Design by Humans (2016 - 2021)
+ Modify Watches (2015 - 2018)

Official member of:

Dark Art Movement - Official Member

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