q)For the people
who don't know your work - how would you describe it ?
call my art contemporary postmodern art, because I try to show todays life
mixing the traditions of old classic arts and literature and todays images of
pop-culture, politics, etc. ... A lot of my works are about real life in Ukraine, I try
to show the truth, that's why not a lot of people want to see my art in my
country. Especialy our Ukrainian galleries refuse me all the time to make my
exhibitions, so, there is a kind of censorship in my country. The owners of the
galleries are affraid of our authorities, that they can take off the licenses
for their business, I think. Nobody in Ukraine wants to see the true life
in art. Most of my art is bought by Europeans, Americans and Canadiens. Maybe,
one reason more is not ordinary media I use- not traditional, it's a ball-point
pen on paper. Sometimes I add some watercolors or collage details in some of my
works... A lot of people don't beleive I use ball point pen... Sometimes
my works look like black-and-white photographs...
q)What are the
key themes running through your practice?
a)As I told, I
try to show the true life in Ukraine
and also sometimes I depict some themes of global life. Also I like to make
some erotic art. I show the world of corruption in Ukrainian politics, the
problem of prostitution and sex-tourism in Ukraine,
the problem of using alcohole and drugs among Ukrainian youth, the problems of
world economical crisis and contrasts of rich and poor people in Ukraine...
place on earth?
travel a lot... I like my country and I liked Sweden
where I was in 1991 during the communist putch in Moscow,
when Ukraine still was the
part of Soviet Union. I asked the political
asylem in Sweden but in a
month the Swedish authorities told me that Ukraine is democratic and free now,
and I have to go back...
influences your work?
art, literature, ancient myths one one hand influences my work... and on the
other hand some great artists, like Ukrainian Taras Shevchenko (19 century),
Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, some of the German expressionists and some other
surrealist painters... And the influence of contemporary pop-culture, mass
symbols from advertisings, gloss magazines, including erotic and even porn
photos... All of this is combined in one postmodern mixture... I also call my
art "LifeScapes" (from still-life and landscapes) or "Visual
q)What music are
you into right now?
listen to different music - from classical to todays hard rock
thought & design process...
I read some book, see television look at advertising boards on the streets,
listen to the people talking- all of this, as I told became in a strange
mixture in my head... sometimes I use even some of my night dreams...
artists are you looking forward to seeing more of?
interested in some of my friend artists in Ukraine,
we organize together a group which is called "Freedom or Death"...
all of them try to show our true life in Ukraine... Some time ago I began to
find different artists abroad on Saatchi Online and I found some interesting
artists and interesting art with interesting ideas and concepts... It will be
good to make some international exhibition...
on the internet?
a)As I told last
time I liked Saatchi Online, besides I get acqainted with intersting people on
q)Do you have
any upcoming projects/exhibitions we should know about?
a)I took part
with my friend artists in Ukraine
in different art fairs, but now I cannot tell you what will be in future, I
still have problem to make the exhibition in Ukraine... but I'd love to have my
something we don't know - but should...
a) The most
important thing I'd like to tell you that Ukraine is not free in sence of free
art, free mass-media still and even isn't free economicaly and even in
politics. To my mind and a lot of people will agree with me that we still have
unhuman government and president who are part of mafia... That's why I cannot
develop my art free. In fact, I'd like Ukraine
to be a part of Europe, that I could go free in Europe
to show my art free in European galleries. But European politicians understand
that it's dangerous to allow Ukrainian mafia and criminals come to Europe...
q) Where can people see more of your work on the
a) All my
art people can find on my personal web-site: www.kolyada.com