The creator of this issue’s cover is Luciano Scherer, a multimedia artist from Porto Alegre, Brazil. He works across a variety of media creating paintings, videos, installations and sculptures. The death and the uncanny are major themes in his work, as portrayed in his films, objects and installations. He sees the making of art as a confrontation of the unknown, of what causes fear, in order to transcend it.
This painting comes from a series which take a surrealistic approach to the theme of death. The series makes allusions to spirituality, religion, resurrection and alchemy. Scherer takes inspiration from the Brazilian tradition of naïve painters, as well as Boschian depictions of fantasy and death.