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In his works Dmytro Kuzmenko prefers to explain the subtle nuances of authentic and genuine feelings as opposition to black and white extremes. Very sharp emotions in the works of art dull feeling, and it impairs the human ability to notice the nuances of real life.


Particular attention is paid to the problems of existence of femininity in the world today: anima and her projections; the tragedy of natural femininity, destroyed by patriarchal and/or feminist stereotypes; the awakening of womanhood in adolescents; the problem of self-realization and self-actualization of women in the modern society; the problem of pedophilia; relationship problems and so on.


The source of ideas is the philosophy of dialogism (Martin Buber), the late Christian existentialism (John Zizioulas), humanistic psychotherapy, the literature and art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and the views and practices of artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Jorge Luis Borges, Patrick Modiano, Theo Angelopoulos, Jim Jarmusch and Aron Wiesenfeld.


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Igor Sikorsky’s art – is a sensual informal eclecticism with a big influence of Germanic Renaissance, Baroque of Rzeczpospolita, Central European nationalism, new spiritualism and aestheticism.


An important motive of his painting is the need for bringing the spirit of the classic works of high art into the contemporary everyday life that can raise people culture and spirituality. This should be done not by copying or kitsch that leads to impairment and profanity but through creating quality and profound works.


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The visible – just a part of the universe around us. In addition to the sensual experience there is invisible reality, hidden life, which is the main interest of Igor Tatarenko.


By the language of external images he says about what happens inside the human soul or nature. Displays the sacred meaning of the visible part of our life using carefully studied classical painting techniques, which are rooted in the Northern Renaissance and speak to the things that immutable for the mankind.


His art is also inspired by the philosophy of Nikolai Berdyaev, the writings of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Victor Hugo,  the paintings of Giovanni Bellini, Jan van Eyck, Claude Lorrain, Titian, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Hans Holbein the Younger.


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Symbolism attracts Lesya Smirnova the most, especially with the basis in allusions, innuendos, unsaid, mystery, secrecy, hidden meaning. It also connected with special mood in the artworks she likes, that is light and sad,  with the elements of the pleasant tranquility, that flows slowly without any fuss or system and affects by touch to something internal, deep, not just the outer and visible impact.


Such works people are able to perceive in its own way, there are no concrete understanding required, everyone sees what is possible to him at that moment.


Lesya also depicts the usual things like still lifes, landscapes or other elements of the nature without any hidden meaning. It does not bring such special pleasure that can be obtained with the symbolic direction, but it helps her to delve into the nature altogether. This is the only way to release the deep things that touch her, things she lives within her being, that is her creativity.


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Group 013 — is a group of young Ukrainian artists who prefer to unite the thoroughly trained (more or less) classical techniques with the actual contemporary ideas, themes and experience. They are trying to find their own voices in the figurative underground of contemporary art.

The focus of Olexandr Scherbyna’s art is preferably on landscape. For him it is not just a classic genre of painting. Behind his landscapes there are searching, the problem of reality, the problem of the human memory, and the theme of space. The topos that changes or disappears over time but remains in the memory.


In his works he portrays the important places of his past. The landscape here – not just a miracle of nature, not only a real place, but it reflection in mind and memory. Olexandr is looking for answers about the deep essence of space and its place in the human existence. That theme resonates with Georges Perec’s poetics of the vanishing spaces.


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The works of Pavel Lisiy – is a life, infused in the formal experiments. He considers his work as a true and fair abstraction. All abstract spots matched to each other so as to be able to arise the strong association with the visible imagery. Because of contours, materiality, colors and so on.


From the formal search emerges the world that is recognizable for the every viewer while also unusual for him. This world lives its own life by its own laws, both at the level of abstraction and the level of figurative reception.


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Our life is very diverse and there are numerous objects that painter could depict. So Vlada Repina is convinced that everything is eligible for being painted.


She is used to depicting real life, real still objects. She tries to paint such habitual and commonplace objects like a glass of water, an apple or even an egg. Vlada emphasizes in her work that no matter what kind of object you depict, it is much more significant how you paint them.


For that reason Vlada always tries to create detailed paintings with large quantity of different nuances. Because she is persuaded that nature is perfect, as a result everything in our life is beautiful and perfect too. So the best that the painter can do, is to show our life and objects that surround us as plausible as she could.


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