2015 International Art Festival
Artist Official Entries
Vladimir Nazarovbrooklyn NY USA
Vladimir Nazarov is a contemporary visual artist living in New York City. His fascination with the healing nature of art is what motivates him to create. Chiefly concerned with the concept behind a given art work, Nazarov lets the work unfold in whatever medium his subject matter necessitates. A pioneer in the use of color, space, and layering in symbolic abstraction, Nazarov’s chosen medium is but the vehicle of his creative expression in totality. Nazarov was one of the very first artists to settle down in the once industrial-wasteland like area along the East River known as Dumbo. He is a firm believer in the power of art to enrich neighborhoods and create a perfect symbiosis between commercial businesses and artistic expression. The beauty and power of present Dumbo is the way in which it demonstrates the power of artists to shape and uplift the community. As a painter, Vladimir is largely known for his innovative use of color and layering. His subtle meditations on space and movement seemingly express the essence of life itself. Ultimately, Nazarov’s works are an emotionally-charged, open-ended treatise on the human condition. With masterful flourishes and painterly delicacy, again and again, Vladimir proves himself as a master dissecting the eternal mysteries of what it means to be human. Through his various travels abroad, Vladimir has learned about other cultures, and this experiential wisdom certainly shines through in his work. Another strong conceptual thread governing his oeuvre is the meeting point of nature and culture. Like artists have since the beginning of time, his work entails a deep inquiry into the heart of a society that aims to control nature. Nazarov questions if it is the destiny of humanity to destroy nature and if so, if it is a path to our self destruction. A naturally outdoorsy type, he has been known to retreat into the serene bosoms of nature to draw inspiration for his work. His equal love for the urban grime of New York City is certainly a dynamic tension within his personality, and one that he regularly works out in his creative pursuits. Seldom constrained by any sort of limitations, Nazarov is just that type of artist who defines himself beyond the limits of definition. Philosophically speaking, Nazarov believes that it is when we create that we are truly alive, and that the feeling is contagious. Looking at one of his many well-executed artworks can produce a mini epiphany in the viewer. Art is alive, and the viewer becomes a part of the work itself the very moment they begin to absorb, process and make sense of its many meanings.