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15 August 2018
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How to spark the interest of the modern spectators and how to surprise the art admirers? What is better: to imitate classics or to look for your own style? Every open-minded artist wonders about it. The participant of “Silver Easel” Roman Shtaier took a fresh look at art and his own creativity in particular after the contest. A young artist shared his future plans with us.

Recently, Roman Shtaier was fond of the realistic style. However, thanks to communication with the eminent artists who were among the Jury of “Silver Easel” contest, a young artist changed his views. He understood, that he had to look for himself and experiment.

‘During the “Silver Easel”, I realized that classical painting took a back seat,’ Roman says. “Now freedom of thought, moving away from the stereotypes and looking beyond are quite more appreciated – that is the contemporary art movement. It is necessary to look for an artist, a creator in yourself, express yourself through your own works, talk about the values. I changed my views on art and, as a result, moved away from realism. It was made possible thanks to the meetings and communication with such famous artists as Anatoly Kryvolap, Vlad Habda, Tiberiy Szilvashi during the contest.”

Now Roman Shtaier pays more attention to the composition and does not pursue a real similarity with the depicted things. On the contrary, he strives to work in such a way that it is difficult to guess the style and technique of the work.

“I came to the formal art. These are all experiments. I work with planes and textures, I seek for interesting combinations of colours, try different techniques. I'm curious to watch how this or that material behaves on different surfaces. Now there are more often anthropomorphic figures on my canvases,” the artist says.

Recently, Roman visited the art plein air “Master classes for students of art higher educational establishments of the CIS and Baltic countries in Kyrgyzstan”. The first trip to Asia became for him a discovery not only because of the new culture and unusual landscapes but also through the communication with creative youth from 15 countries.

“The nature of Kyrgyzstan is incredibly beautiful and very different from ours,” a young artist says. “The people are generous and sincere. I had the opportunity to compare not only this Asian country with my native Ukraine but also to pay attention to the work of colleagues from other regions, countries. According to my observations, Asia still tends to the realistic painting, and the representatives of Lithuania, for example, like contemporary trends, such as installation or performance. But at the same time, I was convinced that Ukraine held high positions in art.”

In his spare time, Roman Shtaier experimented with installations, gaining experience, in order to present his work to the audience soon. And he also intends to make a performance, because this is, according to the artist, “the most non-material art”.

Text: Kseniia Shokina
Photos provided by Roman Staier
© Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art

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