My profession is painting,
for it is my second - or main? - language. A paintbrush saturated with colorful
substance, and a canvas or paper surface which receives its touch - these are
the instruments which help me express my attitude toward the world in the most
complete and adequate way.
I was brought up in the
tradition of Russian Realism. At the same time, I was inspired by the masters
of early, pre-revolution Russian Avant-garde. In the past, these used to be the
extreme opposites, but now it is clear that they can be unified through
creative synthesis which brings forth pictorial culture, freedom and stylistic
Vassily Kandinsky once
wrote about the art of inner necessity. To me, such necessity is born as the
result of exceptionally vivid and keen visual impressions. I do not feel the
need to "imprint a motif", since there exist other known media for that
purpose. It is important for me to express inner states which arise from the contact
with distinctly speaking to me forms and colors of the visible world, whether
they are the streets of Moscow where I grew up and lived a significant portion
of my life, or the hills of San Francisco near which I live presently, or a
bouquet of fresh flowers, a face of a friend, a Gothic facade, a lithe contour
of a nude body...
The only way I can express
my inner states, my deeply personal experiencing of the visible world - is
through visual forms which are transfigured within my own self.
Diversity of emotional responses requires
different approach every time. Hence the variety of my stylistic techniques -
from pictorial illusion to abstracted expressive forms. Moreover, there are in
my painting two constantly prevailing general principles which supplement each
other. One of them requires spontaneous imprinting of a genuine inner impulse;
the other - professional control over construction of the pictorial whole. It
is in their interaction that the idiomatic cosmos of my paintings is born.