Michael Zajkov Creates Stunningly Realistic Dolls That Appear to Be Living

Michael Zajkov is a Moscow-based artist who creates such hyper-realistic dolls that often they make people feel uncomfortable! Unlike other dolls out there, Michael Zajkov’s dolls are hand-sculpted and are a fine work of art. These dolls are made from a special type of modeling clay, with beautiful glass eyes, French mohair wigs and numerous joints in them.

Zajkov graduated from Kuban State University of Russia in 2009. From 2010 to 2013 he worked at a puppet theatre while also attending a graduate school. He made his first doll in 2010.

Michael Zajkov with his hyper-realistic dolls
Michael Zajkov with his hyper-realistic dolls

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Michael shares the pictures of his startlingly lifelike dolls and sneak previews of their production process on his Instagram page.
Although they are quite eerie, I am sharing some pictures of his dolls here… Tell me in comments if you see any of them blinking! 🙂

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A special polymer clay is used for modeling the dolls. The eyes are made from hand-painted German glass and French mohair is used for the hair.

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Michael bases the dolls’ clothing on early twentieth-century fashions, and often works with voile, silk and antique lace. After graduating from university in 2009, he worked with fashion designer Irina Kuzyomina where he learnt to sew dolls’ clothes, as well as a stint at a puppet theatre.

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Indeed, the dolls are made more realistic than normal. In fact, many people (me included) who see the pictures think the dolls are quite creepy! Aren’t they?

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