2016 - 2019
From the moment I landed on the island, I was under the spell of
the overwhelming energy in every single natural element
How could I compete or at least match with this intensive, unpretentious and solid presence of beauty, in every single rock, in every broken piece of dead coral laying on the beach, in every flower and bush? And how could I do this, knowing that the real question about art is not: what does it represent, but what does it do to me?
How to paint an object that would still not represent anything, so that it could incite the pure experience of its presence?
The first lesson came from the
limitation of the Island
An Island is a place where you enter in an active dialogue with your inner self, it is an I -land, and if you turn around you will encounter borders, the seemingly endless ocean, where you would drown, taken adrift by the currents and soon be utterly lost.
But limitation also means concentration, and an informal painting on a limited area automatically turns into a painting of a totally non-representational, abstract object.
The land of our purely rational ego can be reconciled with its subconscious and potentially dangerous surroundings of dreams, needs and metaphysical suffering in the appeasing experience of a painting, if in this experience will be felt the concentrated power, beauty and light that transcends the ego and gives no answer but a sense of beauty and pleasure to the act of perceiving the world.
While contemplating the painting the observers mind will wander from the painted area to the open space and back, and it will engage in an aesthetic experience that has no other meaning than its lively, calm and pleasant self.
Since a couple of years
my paintings show windows to the other side
These geometrically formed cut-in openings rhythmize the composition, they ad moments of silence and of emptiness and they allow a glimpse behind the painting. They are closed by a transparent film that reflects the light and throws a soft shadow on the wall behind or a puzzle of dazzling patches on the ground in front of the painting.
from multi-layered, calm monochrome paintings with big square openings...
... to more dynamic compositions that show the line of the brush, and to the free-style compositions of 'happy paintings"
2016 - 2019
From 2016 to 2019, I rented a studio in a cultural center in Montreuil, the Espace Culturel Albatros, that hosted 2 solo exhibitions (VIVRE, 2017 and LE BATELEUR, 2018)
TO SEE WORK MADE IN PARIS
TO SEE MY WORK MADE IN VIENNA 2015
just a few memories from the past ...
during the many years I used to live in Vienna (1999 - 2015) returning from 6 years of an artist-life in Moscow, I created not only paintings, but also objects and installations, and I made a couple of performances in the public domain...
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me and my work
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