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ARTIST STATEMENT





THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN.The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The Gospel of Iwann (John)

You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint paradise, then in you go.
Nikos Kazantzakis
 


                    

I describe my style as Hyper – Surrealism. It is quite a surreal combination of colours in my paintings (monochromatic figure surrounded by the red fabric) as well as compositions -the images on my works are positioned in a surreal environment, in a middle of nowhere without any recognizable signs of any given time or place, or any other particular characteristics. Anything can be imagined behind the images on my paintings, any centuries, countries (real or surreal), any eye, or skin or hair colours or no hair at all. The monochrome palette helps me to bring certain anonymity to the image.

My paintings are full of symbols helping me to convey my philosophy into my work. I would like to consider my work as not a traditional portraiture, but rather a performance of movements of the human spirit where I ‘use’ my own face the way any actress does, performing emotions and human’s spirit conditions; and then, as an artist, I transform this performance into the images on canvas.
 
The colour red in my works has, from my very childhood, a deep meaning for me. In Russian language, particularly in folk’s fairy tales, the word ‘red’ has an equal meaning to the word ‘beautiful’. One of the best known Russian writers Fyodor Dostoevsky said ‘Beauty will save the World', so I believe that in my works I transform my perception of the ‘red’ as ‘beautiful’ into a symbol of ‘saving the world’. Also, according to Tibetan philosophy, the colour red is a symbol of connection with the Universe, with everyone and everything at all levels of the entire world.

My belief is that a purpose of art is to keep the world in balance and harmony. It’s an honour, but also a huge responsibility to be an artist, and all the artists are responsible for what we are bringing to the world within our creativity, for every single brush stroke we produce. I believe that images and objects created with passion can take an immense power, a powerful energy that can alter one’s mental state and even transform reality. We all create the world around us, and the more positive and beautiful art objects created today, the better will be the world to live in tomorrow.
 
Beauty will Save the World and Art is this powerful tool to bring the Beauty to the World - to Save it.




 














































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