FAMOUS ARTIST Volodymyr Boguslavsky
“I can’t live any other way than to draw.”
Volodymyr Boguslavsky, an outstanding artist who actively showed his postmodern formative aesthetics, which was so different from socialist realism in the 80’s, is known to his fans primarily for perfectly stylized plot works: exquisite landscapes, still lifes in which together with expressive colors delicate detailing and stylization, meticulously weighed down to the smallest detail.
Volodymyr Boguslavsky works in almost all genres of painting – still lifes, portraits, landscapes, abstract compositions. The artist, despite his extensive experience, is in constant search and experiment. Boguslavsky is not just an artist, he is an artist-philosopher, thinker, intellectual and contemplator. However, the artist himself notes that his works speak for themselves, so he considers it unnecessary to complicate their perception by art concepts or interpretations. This gives the audience the opportunity to have a creative dialogue with the works of Volodymyr Boguslavsky and find something of their own in them and, thus, to be a co-creator.
Volodymyr Boguslavsky works in almost all genres of painting – still lifes, portraits, landscapes, abstract compositions. The artist, despite his extensive experience, is in constant search and experiment.
All of them are united by the leading “dramatic” approach of the author: the balance of simplified, laconic forms and intervals between them saturates the works with internal tension in the absence of obvious action. Geometrized-decorative solution of compositions is far from dry rational schemes, it is a living, emotional, and at the same time hermetic, “cleansed” from cataclysms and disappointments of real life world.
Volodymyr Boguslavsky was born in 1954 in Kyiv. 1973 – 1978 – studied at the Lviv Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts. He became famous after the famous Sedniv youth plein airs (1988), where he participated at the invitation of T. Silvashi, as well as exhibitions of youth art “Soviart” (1989-1991). Participant of numerous international exhibitions, large-scale presentations of national art in Ukraine and the world.
The artist’s favorite color is blue. The artist himself explained his love for blue as follows: “Blue has space – a sense that something is about to happen.”
The formal aesthetics of European postmodernism with its refined geometrized-decorative search found a grateful follower in the person of Volodymyr Boguslavsky. Too dry and rational at first glance, the system gave the artist a unique opportunity to immerse himself in his ephemeral hermetic world, isolated from the cataclysms and disappointments of real life. And the citation of postmodernism allowed to appeal to the time-tested plots of world classics, adapting them to the modern alphabet of artistic codes and symbols. Concentration, contemplation, silence – the artist’s tools on the way to the goal: to find the middle ground between life and art. In the conventionality of the shimmering sun-moon radiance of landscapes and still lifes of Volodymyr Boguslavsky, the banality of reality turns into philosophical metaphors from the category of eternal thoughts of mankind about the meaning of life and the scale of true values.