When I emigrated to the US, I was not allowed to take my paintings with me - by the Soviet government. They said to me you are professional artist, you studied inRussian University, so everything youve created belongs to Russian people. So when inNew York I could not show anything Ive created to the American galleries. But aftervesting many of them in NY, I was amazed by the variety of different schools and styles of art in Ðmerica, it was a firework of colors, manners, techniques,
I realized that I had to find my own style, own motives in my art, I was glad that Ileft everything I created before behind. It took me 3 full years to create a new group of work, 6 years to find my own style,- modern, contemporary with great school and techniques I got from Russian school and a course in School of Visual Arts in NY. I started to create paintings and realized that I have basically 2 themes in my paintings Music and Love.
SInce I am a musician and composer myself, I studied violin in childhood, I realized that the violin touches the most sensitive nerves and feelings in the human body, it touches everyones soul. Thats why there are so many violins in my paintings. Im happy that most of collectors, art lovers feel this. I was very touched when many years ago at my exhibition in Singapore two ladies came to me and said we do hear your paintings.
Of course In my career I was very influenced by other masters I considered to be my main teachers. Its many of them, but mostly its El Greco, Braque and Picasso in his blue period of his life. I also love the artists of cubist era thats why I use it a lot in my art.
Sometimes people ask me why in most of my paintings the eyes of my characters are closed, and I explain to them that I want to express the inside feelings and emotions of my musicians, when you play the instrument you enjoy, you relive the music inside of you.
I want people to hear the music in my paintings, and to see the art in my music.
Each one of my paintings is a reflection of my feelings at a particular moment of time. For me personally art is an escape. It is an outlet to express both joy and grief of my soul. May my
canvases bring to you a sense of happiness and joyâ
I was 3-4 years old when my father drew me an apple with a regular pencil. In front of my eyes that line drawing started to get shape, shadows, highlights, in a matter of a few minutes it became alive Since then I started to draw and paint with everything I had in front of me. At the age of 7 I went to Art
school and at the age of 8 to musical school. From that time I started to draw and paint mostly musical objects and musicians emotions. I graduated an Art University with a series of portraits 5 composers with their most famous symphonies and operas in background. Upon arrival to USA I
started to create my new series of musical paintings and portraits in my new modern style. I would call it classical modernism.
My main themes are Love and Music. My main goal in art is to express not only the vision of musician or instruments or love themes, but their inside emotions, feelings.
And even now, when i do lots of abstract paintings I am glad that people and art lovers recognize my style, feelings and emotions. In my strokes, in my colors, in my expression.