Most people would find the idea of drawing exact anatomical studies of bizarre creatures which don’t even exist a rather pointless undertaking. But Brazilian artist Walmor Corrêa has been creating scientific drawings of fantastic beasts and uncanny hybrid lifeforms for many years now.
(‘Ondina’ by Walmor Corrêa)
It’s not a big surprise that Corrêa’s first contact with art happened in his science and biology lessons at school. He loved working in laboratories, or “temples of silence and death”, as he prefers to call them.
Fascinated by evolution theories, taxidermy and Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical studies, Corrêa soon started to draw his own visions of the earth’s flora & fauna – how it manifests itself and – more importantly – how it could be improved.
“These Hybrid mammals and insects, birds and fish, mammals and birds, mammals and fish point to a whimsical world and represent the taxidermy of a fantastic wildlife that boggles our mind, all the more so because, in todayâ€™s world, they are no longer mere artistic hallucinations, but actual scientific possibilities.”