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The Inimitable Mysteries of the Elusive Pixel Painter Uno Moralez
31 juli 2020 

The Inimitable Mysteries of the Elusive Pixel Painter Uno Moralez

The 52 year old artist Uno Moralez (real name Stas Orlov) grew up behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Union (Russia). It is probably his surreal childhood that he spent in an environment of indoctrination, his drawing talent and chosen contemporary medium (digital pixels) that make his art so unusual and compelling.

Only Key Scenes

Moralez has developed a unique way of communicating narrative. Although they are not comics, the artist uses more than one image to tell his story, but doesn’t rely on dialogue. In an earlier interview with The Comic Journal he explains, ‘My short stories derive from images which don’t fit in a one single image, plotwise. This is not exactly a comic, that’s why I draw only key scenes leaving out details. And then reader’s imagination starts to work. That is important.’

David Lynch

Moralez works primarily in two colors (often black and white), and his “noirish” settings offer a fascinating amalgamation of Soviet art, horror, sci-fi, traditional iconography, but also Japanese manga and David Lynch. His admiration for the latter is also illustrated by his portrayal of special agentĀ Dale Cooper, the main character from the darkly surrealistic tv series Twin Peaks, Lynch created in the 90s.

Digital Only Webcomics

Tbe computer and its devices are Moralez’ primary tool for both creation and publication of his standalone images, animated gifs, and digital only webcomics. The animated gifs have a special place in his work. He says,’Gif animation is fun, it is concise and expressive. How can it be ignored? I try to use it with the measure and use it as needed.’


Many fans (often Americans) experience Moralez’ art as oppressive and compare it to horror. Personally, he doesn’t see his art as terrifying and prefers to define it as mysterious.

Scroll down and explore his unfathomable mysteries…


Uno Moralez pixel art

Uno Moralez pixel art

Uno Moralez pixel art

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Harrowing scene from an enigmatic “comic” (click here for the complete story)

uno moralez

Harrowing illustration from an enigmatic “comic” (click here for the complete story)

uno moralez pixel

Click here for the complete mysterious story….!!

Uno Moralez pixel art

uno moralez

Click here for the complete story of this mustache-bearing dwarf!


uno moralez gif

From his digital only webcomic entitled ‘Blue Teeth ‘ (click the link for the complete comic!)

Click HERE for more modern western erotica….!!

On the artist’s Tumblr and Instagram account you can check out his “less-riskier” work and on Instagram his ….!!


About the author
Marijn is the founder of With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
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