When Billy Corgan of the group Smashing Pumpkins - at the height of their fame - asked Vasily Kafanov to create all of the graphic material for their album and tour Machina/The Machines of God (2000), he found an artist whose visual imagery matched his group's music and lyrics in its density, poetic allusiveness, and fantasy. Their combined efforts resulted in a brilliant collaboration whose central theme of alchemy, the transformation of base metals into gold, was of great interest to both artist and singer. The commission also announced the arrival of a significant new talent on the New York artistic stage.
Born in Moscow in 1952, Kafanov received a thorough artistic training in the Soviet style: textile design at the
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