Victor: A lot of. Being an artist in my country is a great challenge) The cultural-historic context in Russia is very specific – in czar Russia most of people couldn’t read and lived very poorly, so art was available only for the aristocrats. Then, after the Revolution it was time for Marxism-Leninizm philosophy, which has its own look on art and artists. It was good time for propaganda and censorship. Besides, if you had no official job, you could be convinced of parasitism as a criminal. (This law lost its power only in 1991!) Till now huge part of Russian people lives in need: need of perspectives, good-payed jobs, competent medicine, humane laws and transparent, opened political life.
But on the opposite, and it’s a paradox, this climate is just perfect to make art. Permanent pressure, need and hunger are artists’ best friends) You always have a lot of conflicts, it’s just left to pick the right one. Only when it’s no conjuncture, when you aren’t payed, when your art is a therapy and a sculptor’s knife just for you, then finally you can say what you really want to say, and find the best «words» for it.
Now some words about artistic challenges. As I have said, it’s a therapy and attempt to solve the conflict. I try to do my art so, that it could make me better, and it’s not easy, because I prefer to dig deep to the darkest and dirtiest parts of my nature. And last, but not least – it’s pretty difficult to surprise yourself, to spread the borders without loosing your identity.
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EWW: What do you think that people notice and comment on the most, when viewing your work?
Victor: Usually it is emotional expressions. Something like “Wow”, “Amazing”, “Stunning”, etc. Most of people are surprised by my art, when they see it. Somebody in good way, somebody in bad.)
EWW: Are there themes that consistently run in all your work such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.? Which one of these themes is most important to you?
Victor: Yes, some themes really go through most of my pics. Usually it’s closed composition with a static figure on background with some dynamic details. I like to add different textures as well. Sometimes I use it to create volume, add some depth, or make tactile association. It was about technical aspect.
Now some words about my favorite themes. As you can see, I like to work with female models. It’s not a rule, I work with men too, but the look of nude female body gives me much more «power». Also, I prefer amateurs to professionals because of their fresh, clean emotions. They are much more natural and their motivation is not commercial, but personal.
Themes of death and life, beauty and ugliness, is that what you’ll see in most of my works. Maybe it’s unconscious, but I try to make synthesis of the opposites. As the Universe does.
EWW: You do mostly black and white or shades of black and white. In you opinion, what qualities of a black and white are most important?
Victor: I suppose, that your question has philosophical meaning. I think, that every absolute is an illusion: you can’t find clean black or white, can’t feel pure love or hate. Grades and shades – that’s what we can really see. Everything, every time, everywhere is moving and changing, conflicting and growing over itself, trying to escape the entropy. So I prefer shades, not absolutes.
EWW: Do you think it is important for digital artists to have their own website, in addition to another gallery they appear on? If so, why?
Victor: It’s a pretty difficult question to me, because I have had no such experience yet. But I think that this is not necessary, to have your own website. Until you become a star, or your ego grows wild) I think that website is very good for a businessman, not an artist. It’s better for an artist to work with a businessman than to become one, I suppose.
EWW: What are your thoughts about using social media platforms to market and promote your art? If you do use social media, which one(s) do you find to be the most effective for you?
Victor: Oh, it’s just great tools. It`s very easy and comfortable to work with your audience, with no additional cost that own website has. There are some platforms with print on demand service, that is just perfect to earn some money staying far from business. But I’ll repeat my point – better not to start think and act like a businessman for an artist. Conjuncture’s not an artist`s friend at all.
EWW: Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
Victor: I guess I’ve got something. Appreciate what you’ve got. Love yourself and people around you. Nothing and no-one is perfect. But everything can be better with a little bit of your attention. Don’t keep silence, if you’ve got something to say, and stay quite, if you’ve got nothing to say.
Love you. With the best regards from cold Russia.