When you stand in front of my paintings, please remember it is a sum of experiences and growth of many years. You and I both sum up capabilities in our work, but a painting or work of art takes a tangible shape that stands as a marker forever to represent an artist. As I look at my paintings I can see all the way to my childhood and I can see all experiences that I gathered, good and bad.
Over the years I experimented with many techniques from tapestry, textile and embroidery, silk and glass painting, to collage, found objects, and sculpture. At this stage I came back to oil painting and pencil/charcoal drawings. The technique connects me to a traditional approach but the content reflects combination of all impressions gathered over the life time.
My paintings have an aerial feel to them. I am fascinated with looking at matter from perspective. The first photograph of a man looking at Earth from Moon is still fresh in my memory. My first plane flight became a realization how clear everything becomes when we take a step back. Looking from a side may be an answer to many problems in real life and in art.
There is a theme behind each of my paintings, a problem that touched me. In the past I was more concerned with my inner life and emotions. Now I am deeply moved by other people’s plight. We live in a world that through social media bring suffering, violence, injustice, and isolation forth. It is hard to even consider one’s affairs of such importance that they would stand not overshadowed by historical events. It is a violent tide but it is also people’s lives.
Painting helps me to come to terms with all aspects of life, from small happiness to sorrow and death. A painting becomes a small universe with captured emotions, longings and disbelief. It becomes a diary of an artist and the world he lives in.
Art and Design in OCC
Abstract and Surreal Art Gallery
Shchabli 2, Chicago, March 1996
Skyway, March 2006
OCC, June 2009
Horizon, Danville, November 2014
OCC, Oak Art, April 2015
Devonshire Art Center, Skokie, May 05-31 2015
Horizon Contemporary Landscape, Oct 9th 2015
Skokie Library Members’ Exhibition, Oct 19-Nov 18th, 2015
Fusion Art Exhibition, Nov 1-30, 2015
Morpho Gallery, Emerging Artists 2016, Feb 26 – March 12, 2016
Skokie Northshore Senior Center, In Honor of Women, March 3 – April 21, 2016
Evanston Public Library, Solo Exhibition, April 3 – April 28, 2016
Morpho Gallery, Emerging Artists, March 21-April 11, 2017
Fusion Art Exhibition, March 2017