September 27, 2018 / 22:00
August 9, 2018 / 23:18
I take part in Documenta 1, the multi-art exhibition in Froots gallery in Shanghai, and I was asked to tell some stories behind my art. Sometimes when I tell my stories people are disappointed, because they have their own stories and connections. So I usually more curious to ask what the visitors feel and think about my works without giving any clear answer. But sometimes I do share my inspirations, and here are some of them:
…He wandered, now long-since outcast;
This is my homage to Russian artist Mikhail Vrubel’s work „The Demon Sitting“. It used to be my favorite painting when I was 13. I am not sure why, but I liked that this strong, handsome and full of power Demon can be sad, quiet and almost crying. Vrubel was a symbolist. Symbolism was an art movement in the beginning of XX century. Symbolists (very briefly) wanted to show some comlicated feelings and emotions. They took archetypal characters that already has meaning for most of the people (like demon, angel, princess, knight etc) and show the feelings on them.
My Demon is a Black Fox. I use this character in other paintings, and this is how I imagine Don Juan. My Black Fox comes to lonely women and seduces them. But he also has his moments of loneliness and sadness…
more about symbolism, Vrubel, and his Demon
more about my inspiration for Magic Forest
July 4, 2018 / 01:20
The last month I am working on something I never did before. It’s a collaboration with amazing international glass jewelry artist Nirit Dekel. We did before a few projects with my decals on her glass beads and paper monkeys that play with glass, but now it is something else, and I’m fascinated about the process and where it all goes. The idea is to combine my painting with Nirit’s objects, made out of wood and «growing» glass. Here are some photos from the process:
July 2, 2018 / 22:09
I just found this video)) Better later than never, as we say in Russian. Limor Margulis, the owner of Nox gallery talks about my works at Fresh Paint 10.
June 29, 2018 / 13:13
will she say yes?.. :)
June 28, 2018 / 00:31
When you don’t trust your babysitter
June 26, 2018 / 22:51
The new chapter
June 19, 2018 / 22:32
My scarves made their way to Karuizawa museum shop in Japan! My exhibition there is finished, but I’ll tell about it another time. Next exhibition — Froots Gallery, Shanghai
April 22, 2018 / 01:23
The place I spent my teenage years was far from being aesthetic paradise. Actually, it was (and stays) a real slams. Municipality has some plans to take it all down and build a regular middle-class neighborhood. But right now, just as 20 years ago, these houses are still here. They are so ugly, that has even some kind of old charm.
Back then, this dispiriting landscape around wasn’t bothering me. I was concentrated on
Now I like to believe I see the real things as they are. I have to see it, because now I am a responsible grown up. We all have to. But sometimes, especially when I am walking around with my kids I enjoy to look through my personal kaleidoscope. Then I can turn this:
see more transformations
January 7, 2018 / 00:02
One day I was cutting tomatos and suddenly had an idea for the new painting. «I’ll use pencils, acrylic and watercolors together,» — was I thinking while sketching.
I noticed that the pose and face of one of the women on my sketch reminds Ingre’s La Grande Odalisque (not the albino monkey, but the pencil face on the left)
La Grande Odalisque, Ingres, 1814
Did you notice that her hand is too long, and the left leg is in impossible pose? Well I did, but only after reading about it in wikipedia.
So, this is my Grande Odalisque, but in her normal life, while she is cutting tomatoes after swimming with friends in the river.
November 27, 2017 / 02:36
Sometimes I repaint details, or faces again and again. Like in this little portrait. First the head was too big, then not the right face expression, and too looks like me. Yes, it is a self portrait, and supposed to look like me, but too boring — if my cat can look like a leopard, I also can be somebody else)
November 18, 2017 / 23:33
November 17, 2017 / 02:55
Last weeks I was working on my new painting «Olympia’s weekend».
It is homage to Manet’s «Olympia» famous painting, but also to amazing moving sculpture by Paul Spooner. I saw it a few years ago in automata’s exhibition, and was absolutely charmed. The black lady became an egyptian god Anubis, and you can see how annoyed Olympia is breathing heavily, but shows no attention to him.
Olympia by Paul Spooner.
This is the oryginal Olympia by Manet, (c. 1863):
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