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Oleg Berezutskiy is a Russian artist who creates enigmatic paintings with a unique blend of minimalism and expressionism. His objective and detached approach to his artistic practice grants him a remarkable versatility in the manipulation of his medium. Rather than paint with deliberate consideration, Oleg allows forms to develop spontaneously and autonomously.
Much of Oleg’s work lacks a visible narrative, and yet his strokes are full of vivacity, harmony, and expression. The simplicity of his compositions captures the fluidity of the medium of ink, and brings importance to relationships between forms. The compositions challenge the notion of a locus of control: the forms are not dictated by any theme, and neither do they dictate the artist’s will. The source of their unity remains elusive.
Each of Oleg’s pieces is an action directed on reduction of the image’s essence, and as a result of it, the artwork is read out, as the artist speaks, “by direct comprehension”, where thoughts and feelings do not matter. Oleg’s open and free approach to the creative process brings his pieces closer to this ideal. A detachment from identity and tradition leads him to create artwork as if for the first time, every time. Consequently, his pieces exist as individual objects that inhabit their own planes, separate from the artist and the viewer.
Born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Oleg worked in various fields including architecture, graphic design, and music before he began to draw and paint. He has exhibited his works in various museums, and his paintings are kept in the Museum of Modern Fine Art on Dmitrovskaya, Rostov-on-Don as well as in private collections across Russia and the United States.