Boris is America’s premier fantasy artist. His famous illustrations of Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Doc Savage and many other fantasy characters are known and loved around the world. He works almost exclusively in the fantasy and erotica genres. His hyper-representational paintings have appeared on the covers of numerous science fiction and fantasy paperbacks and are featured in a series of best-selling glossy calendars. Subjects of his paintings are typically sword and sorcery gods, monsters, and well-muscled male and female barbarians engaged in battle. He is a veteran movie poster and advertisement illustrator and produces artwork for collectibles, trading cards, and sculpture.
Vallejo’s preferred artistic medium is watered acrylic on board, although he has sometimes used photographs and paint to form composite images. Preparatory works are pencil or ink sketches, which have been published in the book Sketchbook. He and Julie Bell have worked on collaborative artworks together, in which they sign the artwork with both names.
He attended Peru’s Escuela Nacional Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes on a five-year scholarship and was awarded a prize medal. Picking up a job in an advertising agency, his boss soon told him he was wasting his time and should go to New York. Boris flew North in a series of small flights touching down in every South American country before finally arriving in the Big Apple. With his last $80 he rented a room for a month, and by good fortune met a friend, J.V., who worked as a freelance illustrator. J.V. invited Boris to come to Connecticut, where he began work – and the rest is Fantasy Art history.