If you've ever glanced at a fantasy novel, you've seen the artwork of Boris Vallejo (1941- ), a Peruvian-American painter. Dropping out of medical school, he studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Lima. Vallejo immigrated to the United States in 1964 and thrived as a commercial illustrator for science fiction and fantasy novels. His characters are larger than life -- strong and brave hypermasculine men and sexy and seductive hyperfeminine women. Vallejo's appeal lies in his depiction of humanity at its epic best.
Vallejo married one of his models, bodybuilder Julie Bell, who herself has become a talented and prolific fantasy artist.
Warning: Vallejo's work often crosses the line into eroticism, so you may wish to click with care.
The Iron Warrior
The Broken Wing
Detail from promotional poster for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie.