Boris Klimov – “I feel thrilled to transfer objects from imagination into real life”

October, 2017
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Interview with low-poly inspired cardboard sculptor Boris Klimov

This week Creative Chair is coming to you from Almaty, Kazakhstan, where we’re talking to cardboard sculptor Boris Klimov.

Boris makes cardboard sculptures inspired by a ‘low-polygon’ style inspired by retro games.

What started off as a hobby has now become a career and you can see a lot more from Boris Klimov on Instagram.

Tell us a little more about yourself and what you do.

My name is Boris Klimov, I was born in Russia, Tomsk. I create cardboard sculptures for shopping malls and HoReCa. Initially, I have a bachelor degree in architecture and have over 10 years of experience working in advertising agencies.

Sushi Panda

At some point of my life I had a strong desire to create something special as an artist. So I started creating cardboard heads/characters over 4 years ago as hobby in my spare time. It turned into a separate direction in arts and now it is my main job, craft, and passion.

Boris Klimov

What led you to create these cardboard sculptures?

4 years ago, when I was looking for an idea to inspire me, a friend of mine showed me a layered model of a deer head – I liked the idea of a cardboard decoration, but I suddenly realized that I can make it much more sophisticated and interesting! I started immediately.

Bars Biker

“they reflect major challenges and victories of my life!”

Bars Biker

How do you come up with the ideas for the character, and, what is the thinking behind the low-poly style of the sculptures?

The first head was a deer with sunglasses – a la hipster style. Talking about now, there are several sources of inspiration of ideas behind the characters: they reflect major challenges and victories of my life!

Corrugated Deer

For example, the Chefpanzee reminds people that you’ve got to love what you do to become the guru in your craft, otherwise you cannot produce the best result. The soup won’t be that delicious!

The 109th 366 Award goes to Boris Klimov for his outstanding creative work.

Chefpanzee by Boris Klimov

Why lowpoly and cardboard? I feel thrilled to transfer objects from imagination into real life. The lowpoly style represents the world of 3d video games.

What are the challenges involved in working with cardboard?

Cardboard is a good material to work with: it’s recognizable, solid, and eco-friendly. The only drawback is you’ve got to keep it indoor.

And finally, if you died and got reincarnated as a song, what would that song be?

Mr Bean in Church singing All Creatures of Our God and King

All Creatures of Our God and King"
All Creatures of Our God and King (1623 > 1990)
Choir and Mr Bean
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What began as a fun question to end an interview, has now become a wonderfully eclectic collaborative playlist by 161 people (and counting).
Boris Klimov
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