A favorite object of consciousness, as an ideal repository of stereotypes, is the image of an artist, a kind of bearded man standing at a huge window wearing an unchanging velvet beret, who is deeply thoughtful frozen at the canvas with a palette in his hand at the time of birth of something that has not yet been created by anyone. His world is the interior of the workshop: a lot of finished and “almost finished work” lying on the floor, leaning against the wall, waiting for a better time. The picture of the “universe” is completed by the master’s constant companions - canvases, vases with brushes, tubes of paints, jars of solvents. Beautiful? - Yes ...True? - Yes. But it’s very stylized ... Our story is about the real world of the canvas master ... But only for those who are ready for the destruction of templates and clichés that we hold dear ...
The workshop of the artist painter Myroslav Duzinkevych quite lived up to my expectations. Randomly scattered leaflets with sketches, photographs of paintings that have found their buyers, books and albums, wooden frames covered with canvas and an invariable smell of oil paints and fantasies - an atmosphere of “creative mess”, so much enveloped with a creative aura that it’s just right to pick up a brush. But the artist “did not fit into the image” – a young and cheerful guy met me. “Well, customers sometimes react the same way, – Myroslav smiled, having seen my confusion. – When they look at the portfolio, they are eager to make an order, but when they see my photos, they start to doubt: “He is so young!” And meanwhile, I began to fulfil orders already about 10 years ago - from the first year of the academy I have a good idea of how to be an artist”.
Participants: Olga Banartsev, Alex Ag, Armine Bozhko, Vladimir Deming, Elena Dobrovolskaya, Miroslav Duzinkevich, Vasyl Kadar, Marina Kalinovsky, Kira Koktysh, Yelena Lezhen, Lidia Mikhaylova, Anna Miklashevich, Olga Nenazhivina, Viktoriya Rakhmanova, Petro Smetana, Ruslan Tremba.
Curator – Tatyana Borodina
Three years ago, an event took place that significantly enriched the cultural world of modern New York. Tatyana Borodina, creator and editor-in-chief of Elegant New York magazine, presented a gift to all those who love and appreciate art in its various manifestations: she came up with a new project, “International Art Alliance”. To be precise, this gift was intended for Urbi et Orbi – not only for the city, but also for the world.
Artists, photographers, sculptors, designers, fashion designers, poets, and writers from the USA, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Great Britain, Belarus, Lithuania, Israel, Poland, Slovenia, Russia, and other countries obtained their own unique platform. The diversity and the scale of their talent is breathtaking.
I’ll list the names in alphabetical order. Photographer Alex AG (New York), artists: Armine Bozhko, Elena Dobrovolskaya (New York), Miroslav Duzinkevich (Ukraine-USA), Vasil Kadar (Ukraine), Marina Kalinovsky (New York), Elena Lezhen (New York), Lidia Mikhailova (Lithuania), Anna Miklashevich (Ukraine-Slovenia), Olga Nenazhivina (New York), Petro Smetana (Ukraine), Ruslan Tremba (Ukraine); fashion designer Olga Banartsev (New York); jewelers: Vladimir Deming (New York), Kira Koktysh (New York), Victoria Rakhmanova (New York).
All of them are participants in the International Art Alliance project, and each of them is described in detail on the Alliance’s website, where there is an excellent selection of their works.
Ulya Aligulova, interview with Miroslav Duzinkevich
I met Miroslav at a group exhibition in downtown New York where he was exhibiting five of his works. Walking around the gallery for the first time, I didn’t realise that the 5 pieces of art that were so strikingly different from one another belonged to the same artist. My eye was caught by a large canvas in red hues depicting three women in a garden. The highly decorative elements of their dresses and the flora of the garden executed in the Art Nouveau style bore a strong resemblance to the works of Gustav Klimt. Below it three Baroque style floral still lifes stylistically so complex that they seemed to have time travelled from the 17th century. The ensemble was complete with a large scale canvas of a bright yellow cat that looked like it was painted by a child. Never before have I met an artist so incredibly stylistically diverse.