Kondakov also has a knack for nodding to pop culture and current events. He embedded a female figure from a 1887 painting by Theodoros Ralli into a photo of a car taken on a street in Sicily. The woman lounges on the passenger seat, smoking a cigarette and wearing a fabulous getup. Kondakov chose her due to a marked resemblance to model-cum-reality TV star Kendall Jenner.
“All of my works show day-to-day situations that many people experience,” explains Kondakov. “But hopefully, by adding elements from old paintings, they’ll allow people to see these scenarios in a new light.”
Kondakov’s works also encourage new readings of the historic artworks he draws from. Take a recent piece that uses ’s Salvator Mundi
(c.1500) as its base. The painting recently made global news when it shattered all previous art auction records by selling for over $450 million. Kondakov doctored the composition by adding a glass of white wine and a cigarette into each of Christ’s outstretched hands. He drove his message home with a brief but poignant caption: “When you get a successful art deal #450mln #art