My sculpting process from sketch to finish.
ANDEAN PACHAMAMA-COLORS & SOUNDS OF UNSEEN
Honors the cultures of Andean region, with its stonework, art, music, healing & spiritual practices. Words like condor, llama, puma, coca etc. originated from local Quechua-Aimara languages. In lower center is artist version of traditional mask used in theatrical performances of "Diablada". Quipu or kiupu-"talking knots"-combination of knots from llama wo
ENLIGHTENMENT UNDER THE SPANISH GUITAR-SURREAL REALITY
Honors the culture of Spain including the magical sounds of the Spanish guitar; flamenco dance; and the art of Gaudi, Picasso (the Minotaur), & Dali (melted watch). The Andalusian horse depicted is known for its athletic abilities, like staying seated. The central Woman, the universal peace maker, balances the excessive aggression and drinking
ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME OF THE RAINBOW SERPENT
Honors aboriginal culture. For thousands of years before European discovery, indigenous Australians had their own societies, economies, native languages, paintings, wood-carving art, music and dance. They also have one of the oldest continuing religious beliefs in the world - the Dreamtime, with its cosmic creator, the Rainbow Serpent.
Australian Jarra woo
AFRICAN MASK: GOD OF CONNECTEDNESS
Honors Mother Africa and all she has created: diverse flora and fauna, tribes, nations, languages, wood-carving art, rhythm, spirituality etc. Africa is believed to be the birthplace of the Homo sapiens species. The Ethiopian alphabet is the oldest writing system in Africa. The 33 main letters of it are disguised within the leopard’s spots.
The idea of Unity is rep
PEACE OF SWISS-BRIGHTNESS OF NEUTRALITY
Honors Swiss culture & what it's known for: neutrality, cheese,
chocolate, watches, banks etc.
The central vault opens with a Swiss "army knife.” The stones in the watch are letters of the four Swiss languages: German, French, Italian & Romansh.
This work is a petition to redefine wealth based on the beauty of our natural resources and focus our future’s inve
SAKURA NIPPONICA-COMPLEX SIMPLICITY
To memorialize victims of Hiroshima & Nagasaki and honor the Japanese culture. Japan has a complex writing system with 2 identically sounding sets: Hiragana & Katakana. Displayed in a Yin-Yang shape on the vase, one set of letters is used for local words while the other is for foreign words. The table includes 1,945 Kanji characters and the background wall is e
TAO OF CHINESE WALL- EXPLOSIVE PATIENCE. The profound patience required to master over 7000 “simplified” Chinese pictographs, is likely the underlying force behind the various inventions that the Chinese culture has contributed to humanity including but not limited to: paper, printing, the compass, gunpowder, porcelain, and silk. The central structure of the painting is an actual brass gong with
ITALIAN ROMANCE-MODERN ENERGY FROM ANTIQUITY.
I believe that main energy of humanity was, is and always will be Love. Only with power of Love you can accomplish what seems impossible.
In presented picture I have tried to show the energy of "Love in the air" by painting the gaze of David of Michelangelo to Medusa Rondanini, (also used as a logo by fashion designer Versace), along with other Italian
"MIR" STATION-WARM WELCOME FROM COLD RUSSIA
Honors the Russian culture & the first astronaut to orbit the Earth- Yuri Gagarin. Includes symbols of Russian arts and craft, such as the Matreshka doll and symbols of Russian hospitality including bread and salt, the samovar/tea self-boiler, and a set of informal glasses. The central image of the Virgin Mother is rendered in the classical tradition of R
DOUBLE DOSE OF THE AMERICAN SMILE-VIRTUAL REALITY
Honors the famous American Smile, "freedom," and the amazing marketing talents of American companies. It is a talent to advertise and convince the world to dream your kind of dream, strive for your lifestyle, consume your type of food and drink, watch your movies & TV, wish to graduate from your universities, appreciate your kind of “modern art,” li
"COSMIC MUSIC THREAD"
Depicts the process of making music as an invisible thread that connects the human to the instrument and to the cosmos via a complex system of pulleys in order to become “ONE.”
Oil on linen, 30"x60" (76x152cm)
"ROCKET THOUGHTS ON THE ROCK"
The rocket here is a symbol expansion into a new space. The bird is the spirit, and the body is a tool, a holding vessel. The colors you choose to put on your "palette" will form the image of your life. Similarly, the thoughts you choose to form in your brain will shape the path of your life.
Oil on linen, 30"x60" (76x152cm)
"THE TOUCH" or "BEDTIME APPLE STORIES" (two panels)
In this painting, the bodies include the shape of an art palette with the message that every individual chooses what colors to put on their own palette and that these choices affect the colors with which they paint their future life.
Oil on linen, combined two panels, 60"x60" (152 x 152cm)
"EAST-WEST CONFERENCE"-diptych 1 of 2.
In this painting, mannequins with traditional Western and Eastern head-wear are seated at the conference table, searching for their own wisdom using their own regional "guidance books,” which were written by other mannequins with similar regionally limited views and purposes many centuries ago.
Oil on linen 30"x60" (76x152cm)
"EAST-WEST CONFERENCE"-diptych 2of 2.
In this painting, mannequins are seated at a conference table with their regional “guidance books” closed and instead are facing each other without head- wear, symbolizing "open minds” and discussion.
This is a call to find our "built-in" similarities instead of focusing on locally "learned" differences in order to free the inner bird (spirit) from the cage of r
Your spirit flies when your vessel sleeps.
oil on linen 22"x36"
SPREAD OF ARMENIAN CHARACTERS-VOCALITY OF SILENCE
39 letters of the rich alphabet developed by the monk Mashtots in 405AD. To victims' of 1915 genocide
GREEK COLUMNS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Honors antique Greek culture and its influence on philosophy, geometry, architecture, theater, literature, sports etc. The Greek alphabet has given rise to all the modern alphabets of Europe & the Americas. The painting depicts the 24 Greek letters and mirrors the evolution of Greek architectural styles: the Minoan, Doric, Ionic, & the Corinthian.
FLAME OF ARABIA-INFINITY OF ZERO
Honors the antique Arabic culture and the Arabic scientists of the 9th and 10th century for their developments in Algebra (Al-Jabr = "reunion" in Arabic).
The Western Arabic numerals from 1 to 0 and the 28 Arabic letters are combined in the petals of the desert flower and form a spiral shape, symbolizing infinity. Arabic culture is defined independently of religi
GENESIS OF HEBREW-VIBRANT CONSONANCE
To memorialize the victims of the Holocaust and to honor the Jewish culture with its contributions to science & music.
The oldest known jewelry in the world(100,000 year old beads from shells), was found at Mount Carmel, Israel. Crystal jewels are designed as Hebrew letters and arranged into musical notes. Hebrew is a Jewish language and one of the official lan
POESIA PERSIANA, SMOOTH SHARPNESS IN EVERY PETAL
Dedicated to Omar Khayyam, the 11th century Persian philosopher, poet, mathematician, & astronomer.
Persian is one of the oldest languages and its literary tradition, including the works of poets such as Ferdowsi and Rumi, retains considerable importance.
Each petal characterizes one of the 32 letters of the Persian alphabet. Their arrangement on the
ARMENIAN BULLETPROOF SOUNDS-HIGH SPIRIT AGAINST EVIL EYE SIGHTS.
Was created as an Armenian camouflage pattern, with intent that vibration of these sounds should protect and make the Armenian military men invisible for modern weapon sights. In war of 2020, started by Azerbaijan, against ethnic Armenian population of Artsakh republic, using weaponized drones, was lost over 5000 young Armenian soldie
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