For four decades Socialist Realism was the only officially sanctioned art behind the Iron Curtain. It was impossible to see the works of modern art on display and in isolated system with no links with the rest of the world it was very hard to obtain publications or books that show or discuss the modern art.
Only for a brief period under Khrushchev during mid-1960s, what was known as “thaw” , some volume of books and publications have managed to penetrate beyond the iron curtain. That brief spell of liberalisation was quickly extinguished but the seeds of dissent have been planted and new generation of artists started to produce the works that were non confirming to the State line in what is to became known as Soviet non-conformist art or “undeground art”.
With a great deal of anticipation and excitement, Red Square Gallery can confirm that we have secured an agreement with Walera Martynchik one of the chief proponents of “underground art “movement.
Since graduating from Belarusian Academy of Fine Arts in 1972 Walera Martynchik had been developing his unique style based on continuation Russian Avant-Garde tradition, emerging at that time computing art and philosophy of complexity.
In the 1970s Walera had a chance to visit studios of underground artists in Moscow well known now as Celkov, Yankelevsky and Rabin which had profound stimulating effect on his art.
After Perestroika he was a founder and a curator of "Forma" the very first group of underground artists in Belarus. Creating such a group his aim was to demonstrate that independant cultural movement had existed not only in Moscow but in other cities and places but deep underground. Since 1990 Walera lives in the UK and exibits internationally.