The artwork of Igor Zaytsev is based on expression of the abstract- things that hover on the edge of reality and fantasy. His viewers are challenged to define whether the paintings they are viewing are of something realistic, something abstract or both. Zaytsev wants his viewers to feel the vibrancy of the colors and interpret the forms according to their own experiences, dreams, thoughts, and emotions. As such, there is no incorrect interpretation of his paintings- they have different meanings to different people.
Zaytsev, born in 1958 in Ukraine, is a classically trained artist who received his Bachelor Degree in Art at the age of 19 from the Lugansk College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from the National Academy of Art in Kiev in 1983. As a young man, he was among the first of the Ukrainian artists who defied the Soviet-imposed mandate for artistic realism and explored the frontiers of surrealist and abstract art. Even in the U.S. which he has called home since 2001, Zaytsev continues to push the boundaries of painting through expressive and experimental, yet contained, forms. He draws upon the Flemish technique of chiaroscuro to use shadow and light to communicate depth while resisting the classical impetus to clearly define forms.
Zaytesev's work has been exhibited continuously since 1979 in Ukraine and the United States including the permanent collections of the Ivano-Frankovsk Museum of Modern Art in Ukraine and the National Museum of Catholic Art and the Museum of Russian Art in the United States.
"I am inspired very much by Renaissance art, the figurative works," Zaytsev enthuses. "I do many oil paintings on canvas, I love to draw with pencil and red chalk and charcoal, and I prefer to work on big, abstract canvases. But even in my abstract and symbolistic or contemporary works, people can still feel influence of Renaissance art. Is very important."
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