(1941- ) Illustrator of exotic/erotic fantasy subjects with a style heavily influenced by that of Frank Frazetta, although readily distinguishable, being more languid in conception and displaying a more selfconsciously sensual elegance. BV works from photographic reference in oil colours over an acrylic underpainting on gessoed illustration board. His compositions are in the form of posed tableaux, typically featuring idealized nude or near-nude male and female figures.
BV was born in Peru and studied medicine before switching to art. In 1964 he emigrated to the USA and settled in New York, producing covers for Warren Publishing and for Marvel Comics's Savage Sword of Conan. He went on to produce cover paintings for fantasy books, including reissues of the Gor novels by John Norman (7 titles 1976) and the Ballantine reissue of the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs (24 titles 1977), plus a very popular series of picture calendars. He has written two books about his painting techniques – The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo (graph 1978) and Boris Vallejo: Fantasy Art Techniques (graph 1983) – and has published several books of his art with poems and prose fiction by his wife, Doris, including Mirage (graph 1982), Enchantment (graph 1984) and Ladies: Retold Tales of Goddesses and Heroines (graph 1994). [RT]