Photo by M. H. McFerren
Fyodor Pavlov’s art “inhabits a palace of old-world aestheticism with a cock-shaped summerhouse.”
Russian émigré and longtime New Yorker, Fyodor Pavlov creates art that brings new life to the past for contemporary audiences. Maintaining a strong portfolio focused on motifs of history and queer sexuality, his experience in the artistic community spans international and domestic commercial and private commissions, comics, and polished personal works. Working primarily through the medium of watercolor and ink, the stylistic artistry of Pavlov's illustration places a distinct emphasis on detail when addressing subjects spanning from the Edwardian Era and the Jazz Age to muses of our current day.
In print, Pavlov’s work can be found in Queerotica: A Comics Anthology, The Other Side: An Anthology of Queer Paranormal Romance, Dates! An Anthology of Queer Historic Fiction, Serving Pride, Mine!: A Celebration of Liberty and Freedom for All Benefitting Planned Parenthood, and more. His work has graced the posters of such prestigious events as Dances of Vice, the Liberty Belle Extravaganza and Dr. Sketchy’s in New York, and The Black Cat Cabaret in London and The Vienna Boylesque Festival, and he has extensive experience in working artistically for the burlesque community both in the US and abroad.
Fyodor Pavlov’s art was exhibited as part of “Faux & Fyodor Present: New Romanticism and Decadence!” at the Wild Project Theater and Gallery in April, 2014 and in a solo exhibition titled "Carpe Noctem: Eros to Thanatos" at the Leslie + Lohman Prince Street Project Space in December, 2015.
Fyodor Pavlov was one of the featured subjects of I Am Dandy by Rose Callahan and Nathaniel Adams. Together with his creative partner and spouse Lewd Alfred Douglas, Pavlov produced and co-directed the flagship branch of Dr. Sketchy’s in New York from 2014 until 2019. The two of them also throw costume parties, run a house of ill repute, and have two very spoiled cats.