Artist

Stefania Russo - Illusorya - Ritratto - Artista Divignano In the meanders of North-West Italy, between countryside and stretched woods, stands a small invisible dwelling haunted by ghosts.

The owner, such Illusorya (previously known as LadyFanhir), lives hidden among dark Emotions and creatures in Oil and Watercolor.
Stefania Russo is an artist who, identifying herself with the most elegant and dreamlike forms of the Dark Grotesque, prefers to represent emotions and impress on paper (or in small treasures, created by her hands) what people they would hide in their closet, along with the skeletons.

Her love for art and illustration was born in the teenage days of the Professional School of Fashion (IPSIA Bellini), where she discovered the world of minor art, comics and metal music.

Inspired by the great contemporary masters of Fantasy & Gothic, after the studies and subsequent work experience as an antique furniture restorer, she makes the wise decision to abandon everything and immerse herself in the world of art, studying as a self-taught and training hard between sacrifices and psychological tortures equal to those of the late Holy Inquisition.
It was from these experiences that Illusorya discovered a much stronger passion than that of "just" drawing and learning what books do not teach: to explore 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 the people and everyday life around her.
A dark world represented in her personal surreal style and full of color but blunt, like a "Dark Tale" of modern times.
In her misanthropy, Illusorya creates seductive works in the eyes of the most unprepared, up to reaching the heart of those who valiantly add in the details of pencils and watercolors.

Some benefactors have decided to emigrate his art out of the mists that reign supreme in that northern Italian village, embracing the cause of Illusorya with them.

Illusorya's art work has been published in several international newspapers, such as Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Heavy Music Artwork, Avari Magazine, "Pandaemonioum" and "Enchanted" by Out Of Step Books Publishing.

In 2016 he founded, together with the Swedish artist Sandra Hultsved, the collective and later online gallery " Memento Tea Gallery " dedicated to the Dark & ​​Grotesque genre, where painters participated in the project and national and international sculptors. Memento Tea Gallery is currently on hiatus for logistical reasons.

Illusorya currently works freelance participating in global art projects such as 78 Tarot and Braiiinz! Publishing.

Sometimes, coming out of her haunted mansion, Illusorya exhibits at trade shows 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, there is no shortage of 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 self-taught Fantasy / Gothic artist, creates expressive and highly sensual art that combines pain, hunger, lust and strength"
- The WallBreakers

Work in progress - Dipinto ad olio - Illusorya - Stefania Russo


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



Exhibitions & Exhibitions
Year 2021
- Exhibition at TInk, Tortona (AL), ITALY ( due to the Covid-19 emergency and related DCPM the event will be online).
- Exhibition at ALEcomics, Cittadella di Alessandria. ITALY.
- Exhibition at Mlano Comics and Games, MalpensaFiere (Busto Arsizio), ITALY.

Year 2020
- Exhibition at Nerd Show, Bologna, ITALY.
- Exhibition at ALEcomics, Cittadella di Alessandria, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the group show: "The Coaster Show 2020", Gallery 30th South, California, USA.
- Exhibition in the group show: "Kaosfaktor - Winter Solstice Salon", Kaosfaktor Konstsalong. Malmö, SWEDEN (date to be confirmed, due to Covid-19 emergency).

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

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

Year 2017
- Exhibition in the group show: "A Night At The Movies", Penumbra Gallery. Loures, PORTUGAL.
- Exhibition at the In Fantasy Land, Legnano, ITALY.
- Exhibition at Cartoomics, Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition at the Festival del Comics, Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the group show: "The 5th Annual Coaster Show", La Lez De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles.
- Exhibition at ALEcomics, Alessandria, ITALY.
- Exhibition at Halloween Horror Show, Milan, ITALY. -deleted event from management-
- Performance in the group show: "Damned X". Detroit, USA.
- Exhibition at Fumettopoli, Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition in the charity show: Holiday Benefit Extravaganza, "Krampus Night". Detroit, USA.

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

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

Year 2014
- Exhibition in the group show: "Damned VII". Detroit, USA.
- Exhibition at Novara Manga Comics and Games. Novara, ITALY.
- Exhibition at Arcadia Comics. Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition at the Fumettopoli. Milan, ITALY.
- Exhibition at iComix. Milano, ITALY.

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

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

Year 2006
- Solo Show at 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" on Journal of Arona
- Article "Stefania Russo - Empath Art", on Heavy Music Artwork.

- Article "Illusorya's Tales from Nowhere", on Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.

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 ".

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 colorarte 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-publishing 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.
- 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.
- Interview on Last Laugh Magazine 8th Issue.
-" Fear Of The Dark "(lineart) published on " Brain Celebration "Coloring Book by Ellen Million.

Year 2013
- Featured Portfolio at 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.
- Daily Deviation on deviantART .com: "Requiem For The Innocence " with review: "The rapacity of death and a Requiem For The Innocence; watercolors and ink 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 on Shadowness.com: Winter's Song
- Daily Deviation on 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 printing companies (in addition to private commissions):
- 78 Tarot
- Braiiinz! Publishing
- deviantART.com Store
- RedBubble
- Ellen Million Graphics
- "Quotidiano di Ventura" 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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