Oleksii GnievyshevBrühlGermany

2016Oil on canvas

100 x 140 cm

Portrait of a tiger swimming in water with duckweed

WOOCS 2.1.9

Price on request

1 in stock

Interview with Oleksii Gnievyshev


Oleksii Gnievyshev originally hails from the heart of Ukraine, from the capital Kiev. There he spent his childhood, visiting an art school during his schooling years, which prepared him for later studies in art. In 2009, Oleksii was accepted at the Academy of Art in Kiev, where he studied for five years, receiving his degree in 2014. In his studies, he was mentored by teacher Volodimir Bagalika, who is regarded as a renowned artist and teacher on the Kiev scene in creative art and painting.

Could you please introduce yourself and tell us how you started in the arts? and your first experience in art making? 

My name is Oleksii Gnievyshev. I was born in Ukraine in family of architects. Since my childhood I was growing up in creative environment. My elder sister has inspired me with Art by showing gorgeous books about artists. She always was my instance because she start visited art courses earlier than me. When I was a small boy I’ve found in parent’s shelf pencils and paints, that remains since their student ages. I like oil paint much, I like the way they look, but I was not allowed use them. And I was very happy when in my 9 years parents allow me to draw with oil paints! This was something beautiful and charming. First my drawing was made on oiled carton, that was landscape inspired by English Romanticism - sea with steep bank and church upon... 

In that period I decided that I will become an artist. I’ve finished successfully Art school and than Kyiv art academy. Simultaneously I was studying with private teacher, master of art Volodymir Bagalika. In 2014 I moved to Germany (where my wife live) and since that time I work as professional artist. 

How would you describe yourself and your artwork? 

Basically sincerity and craftsmanship are the most important things for me in art. And if the first in contemporary art is overabundance, the craftsmanship is rarity. I aspire and demand mastery on myself with the great attention to my work. Trough the abstract, and the abstract is the base of my art style, I’m trying to show people something beautiful and in the same time quite realistic picture. I am inspired with power, by the energy which is hidden inside a humans, animals and plants. Power that penetrates everything around us. I can feel it everywhere. I am trying with lines, dotes and spots on canvas to display this energy to other peoples. Not imposingly indicate but give the other feel deeply inside that such energy exists. 

As motives I frequently use classical Greek mythology or people and animal portraits, as this is the best way to shows inner completeness. 

I would like to say some words about my technique of painting. 

Lines tension system- unique technique. 

System of lines tension is a unique school of abstract realism, that is based not on the knowledge of shape ( with the help of anatomy, perspective and so on), but on the abstract perception and interpretation. When any realistic picture is composed from high abstract system of dots and lines. And by finding this system in real life and putting it on paper or canvas necessary concentration and depth of image, similarity of portrait or persuasive freshness of fruits on paintings is reached. 

Abstract perception help us go away from everyday useless thoughts and to develop a colossal speed of consciousness that is faster than our mind. This helps to see shape like composite, an ever-changing pattern of lines, colors and dots. Its a real magic that take out breath and bring the sense of euphoria... euphoria of creation! 

Most of the great masters of the past live with that teory, and now it is gaining strength in the 21st century. No wonder they say: the new is a well-forgotten old. 

This technique has been developed and created at late 80th and early of 90th by my teacher V. Bagalika. But the root of this technic is very old. It started from the old masters of art- Rembrandt, Velázquez, Dürer... end many 

others. At the XX century it were used by gorgeous Russian secession painter M. Vrubel, whose influence helps to renovate this technique. 

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