Zaya’s recent art work | Inspirational Portfolio [43]


This week’s Inspirational Portfolio comes from Mongolia, and the great painter Zayasaikhan Sambuu aka Zaya. His vivid coloring and amazing lines and strong structure can become a daily inspirational capsule.

Zayasaikhan Sambuu was born in Mongolia. He paints the styles and themes of Mongolian traditional painting with contemporary Asian art in “a bridge between old and new art.” Scenes of ancient daily life, echoes of his nomadic, Central Asian roots, themes of Tibetan spirituality and traditional Japanese techniques all go into the unique mix and brings to his canvases. Using a technique that fuses watercolors, gouache, brush, and mixed media, he works with a warm yet somewhat dark palette.

Many of Zayas’ paintings depict noble or royal Mongolian women, all with costumes and hair styles drawn from traditional fashion designs of Mongolian nomadic aristocracy. These figures are often accompanied by wild animals such as snow leopards or wolves . View more of his amazing paintings to

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (


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