MichaLobi (1967, Siberia) lives and works in Russia. In his work, Lobi focuses mainly on the unusual and estranging aspects of daily life. Simultaneously, his works show a great enthusiasm and zest for life. Lobi wants to battle the superficial and easy accessible character of our current world, dominated by multi-media. In turn, he wants people to really look at and discover the content of his paintings, by making them as interesting and surprising as possible. He receives his inspiration from works that were made in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe. The German artists Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein were of great importance for Lobi's artistic development, as well as the entire stylistic development which occurred in the low countries in this period. In Lobi's view, this period does not receive the attention which it deserves, Lobi uses these sources of inspiration as instruments in his battle against superficiality and dominant, easy-accessible multimedia. His works are predominantly oil paintings on panel, but he also makes illustrations, graphic works and portraits. His attention for detail gained him a well-known reputation in both Russia and Western Europe, and his strive for perfection make his works small masterpieces.