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Artist Studio: Aleksandr Fayvisovich

Aleksandr Fayvisovich

Born: 1955
Lived/Active: New York

Profession(s): Painter, Illustrator

Known for: Figural, Portrait, Still Life, Landscape

Style(s): Realist

Medium(s): Oil, Watercolor, Pencil, Acrylic

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 Aleksandr Fayvisovich
"The September 11th"
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"A Study of Rodin"

Artist Biography:
Aleksandr Fayvisovich, a painter and graphic artist. Contemporary Realism Fine Art. Aleksandr Fayvisovich was born and raised in Moscow. He went through the traditional stages of artistic education in Russia. During the years of training in art school the advice from Nikolai K. Solomin Senior (1916-1999), a bright representative of the classical realistic art, was of great importance; the master stood apart from the formal teaching, but influenced many contemporary Russian artists. Aleksandr graduated from the Moscow State Academic Art College in Memory of 1905, where he studied under Victor Slatinsky (currently professor V. Slatinsky is dean of Faculty of Painting of the Moscow Art Institute named after V.Surikov, Russian Academy of Arts) and Yuri Sedov. Upon moving to New York City in the 1990's, he continued his professional development at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Art remained the most important focus in his life and after years of simultaneous work in book design, illustration, and painting, he concentrated on a full-time career in fine art.

The artist is equally skillful with all fundamental art techniques: pencil, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints. The realism traditions in his creative works acquired significant modern interpretation. He brings very new and original sound in academic studies and graphic portraiture. The artist's drawings possess the remarkable ability to edit visual information. Good examples of such drawings are the graphic series "A Study of Rodin" (more than twenty works). Pencil line which is concentrated on movement of form, and the light flux that eat up minor details work together to make three-dimensional illusions come to life. The drawing looks neither labored nor complicated. Another graphic series "The September 11th", created by pastel pencil, reveals the drama of this event amid portrait drawings stressing the reportage style. Six sheets of this series are compositionally connected through movement of the glances directed at one point, resulting in an inseparable single whole. Thereby the composition acquires an emotional function. Some of the watercolor studies were performed as independent works. The watercolor portraits combine both the conciseness of graphics and the psychology of classic portraiture.

The major theme of Aleksandr's artistic pursuit is the motion of light that creates the dynamically-complex compositional space of an image. Fullness of light is particularly evident in his still life works, performed in a wide range of pictorial techniques. Complex multi-figure compositions, which have attracted the most attention among the audience, best characterise the artist's work. Sophisticated color and tonal rhythm of these compositions creates an almost musical sound from these paintings. The movement of human bodies and the motion of light unite to show the thrill of life. The artist pays serious attention to finding new and sometimes unusual expressive possibilities in the construction of linear perspective of the artworks. But maybe the most important feature of his works is that he always preserves the integrity of the credible reality.

Artist Statement:

Artworks presented here by the New York City artist Aleksandr Fayvisovich are primarily a closer look at the man in his everyday life. Beyond a close look, there is a very careful analysis here. The main features of this analysis are precision, concentration on trustworthiness, and reportage; taken minimally from the author and maximally from the subject, they together create a unique aura within the artwork. There is a sense of presence here and now, a real-time empathy, the equivalent of the philosophical category of "setting", which is the selection of a meaningful moment. This is what cannot be done with a camera. This is why an artist is needed. The commonness of what is happening turns into event and plot on the canvas.

Interest towards movements in the works of A.Fayvisovich are obvious and not accidental. Human emotions are expressed plastically through gesture: the brightest phase of movement. The understanding of gesture as the central accented phase of the movement of the entire body, objectively leads to an unexpected conclusion: any arrhythmic impulsive movement is a gesture, whereby any impulsive motion carries within it an idea. The difficulty is that a gesture can often be random or false. To identify and convey motion which plastically reveals thoughts and feelings, is a very serious and challenging artistic task. The authenticity, in addressing such a problem, is in the nature of the absolute; only the authentic contains value and meaning.

Art, as a tool for understanding the world around us, is a sufficiently trustworthy tool if it rests on an honest and unbiased analysis. This analysis is based on the exceptional source of information: sight, an open gaze upon an open world. Is such analysis applicable to human feelings, emotions, movements of the living body through three-dimensional space? An artists paintings are an attempt to answer this question.
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