Mikhail Zviagin was a well-known Russian artist whose works were displayed at museums and other cultural sites throughout the world. Born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Mikhail was just ten years old when Hitler invaded the USSR and blockaded his native city for 872 days. The siege left an unforgettable impression on the artist, which will be reflected in his oeuvre. For more than half a century of intensive creative activity, Zviagin worked in almost all genres of painting, from still life to portrait, from landscape to animal images. He experimented widely with color and style, from the gloomy realism of the industrial landscape to the picturesque language of metaphorical and abstract art.
"I refer to life as a process. I prefer printmaking media for its technical complexity and visual simplicity - a print on clean paper, where less implies more, where simple becomes capacious. To me, prints are like poems - they are hand-printed notes on current thoughts, potent fragments of feelings, and sketches of my surroundings. The layering of prints brings forth multi-layered thoughts and memories. I combine prints into one composition to convey the challenges and joys in the life of a contemporary artist. I believe that the silent power of formal elements, such as color, lines, and movement, is capable of transforming the viewer into the realm of physical harmony, emotional balance, and transcendental attunement."
by Eli Anapur / Widewalls
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