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Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist. I grew up on the edge of the Eurasian Steppe where my first views of the world were of the dome of the sky, the curving yet level horizon and the flatness of the desert. At art institute in Moscow I studied Christian icon painting and the Russian realist painters and avant-garde; living in Asia, the many traditions of Asian art, in particular, Chinese landscapes, Korean Dansaekwa school and Western abstraction. My work seeks to draw on my experience of space and time and the wonderful techniques and beauty of these diverse schools, and to represent their underlying insight. In each, I believe, the essence is the same - representation is always multi-layered and incomplete, but in its own way an artist is able to produce work which has meaning, encompassing a point in time and linking it to the universal in a manner which may be incomplete but nevertheless provides our only link

to the sublime, linking the microcosm and the macrocosm. I also love the physicality of technique, from mosaic to painting to film and the new world of electronic images, and I am always exploring new methods to address the age-old questions of art and of life as expressed by art.

watching a not very good film - you can watch them but it wouldn’t add a sparkle to you life. Although of course on the other hand you can meet pleasant, interesting people, which is great especially when you understand that they are become your friends.

What is the most challenging part about being an artist?

What do you like/dislike about the art world?

I find that there is a huge dissonance between the character traits which are typical of artists – not to mention the popular stereotype of the artist - and what the world of art these days demands of artists. As as strange as it may seem unless you are already a very successful and well known artist you need to be a very socialize person, to go to openings, to talk to people, to indecently expose yourself on Instagram, and to use the words of a good friend “to take people seriously whether or not they deserve”. At least half of these meetings are like

I worked for a few years in the film industry and the art world reminds me a lot of making films. There are lots of actors, film directors etc., most exhibitions are more or less the same, they can be interesting and can be boring - but art is entertainment and normally it change your life. Sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised by the themes artists chose, by their colour, by their techniques - and sometimes you can be unpleasantly surprised and sometimes you can not be surprised at all. There is a certain amount of trendiness and/or cliché in art but that stuff doesn’t do it for me.

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