Red Square Gallery announces list of artists for the Art Stage Singapore 2016
20 November

Red Square Gallery is happy to announce five artists whose works have been selected by the Art Stage Singapore 2016.

The selection committee of Art Stage Singapore 2016 have approved the works of some old favourites Artour Oshakantsi and Walera Martynchik but also the works of newly welcomed works of Armen Gasparian, Alexander Rodin and sculptures of Ivan Korzhev.

We are still finalizing the complete line-up of artworks and are happy to confirm that we will be occupying the Booth No: G8 at the Fair.

ARMEN GASPARIAN

Armen Gasparian was born in 1966 in South Armenia, where he studied art in George Ajrapetjana's workshop. He moved to St. Petersburg nearly two decades ago, and continues living and working there today. His works are in private collections worldwide, including Germany, Holland, Finland, North America, and Russia. His romantic images and use of symbolism convey nature with delicate lyricism. While the artist experimented with a bright palette in his earlier works, his later pieces are muted and convey a sense of calm and tranquility. The refined quality of these pieces is characteristic of the northern school of art. Gasparian has developed his own artistic language, combining the traditions of classical art and the new plastic form.


ALEXANDER RODIN

Alexander Rodin was born on 15 May 1947 in Baranovichi a city in the Brest Region of western Belarus. He moved to Minsk in 1950. From 1960 until 1965 he studied at the 'School of Arts nr. 1' in the same city; in 1966 he started a study at the Belarusian State Academy Of Arts which he finished in 1971. His first exhibition was in 1971 at the Exhibition of Young Artists at the Belarusian National Art Museum Since 1971, he has held over 35 exhibitions, in Belarus, Russia the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. He currently lives and works in Berlin, because (as he describes it himself in an interview with website n-europe.eu) 'Berlin is a place interested in art.

I am an artist and exhibitions are my life. And when I suggest a concept of an exhibition or an event and see that it fascinates Germans – why not to organize it there? Why not to hold an exhibition in Berlin when it acknowledges my creativity?

Alexander Rodin’s paintings are quite unexpected for Belarusian art with its ideological taboos and conventional norms. Art critic Larysa Mikhnevich describes him as 'the representative of neo-avart-garde and of the "good old" painting: anectdotic and figurative'. His works are often large in size up to over 6 meters in length and 2 metres in height, albeit spread out over several canvases, and represent surreal scenes in Rodin's mental universe. Rodin's paintings can always be interpreted in several ways.


IVAN KORZHEV

Ivan Korzhev was born in Moscow on November 24, 1973 in a family of well-known Russian artists and architects. In 1996 he graduated from Moscow State Academic Art Institute (sculpture faculty). He is an Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation and has been a member of Moscow Artists Union since 1996. He works in the genre of realistic portraits, monumental, easel, desk, memorial and park sculpture, painting, drawing, contemporary architecture.  Korzhev has created over 100 sculptures, including a series of monumental images of great persons: Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Siddhartha Gautama, Ida Rubinstein, Marcus Aurelius, Boethius, etc. His sculptures of ancient muses Erato and Terpsichore decorate the central facade of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The project "Myth": Mythological representations of the world are strikingly similar in all parts of the globe. Myths lead us to the history of our own soul, to the evolution of humanity, and at the same time myths are one of the ways to understand the world. In this project, Ivan Korzhev has created a mythical world in which there is mutual enrichment of environment and sculpture, and as a result the sculpture and the surrounding space are filled with a different meaning. During the project, the sculptor came to the conclusion that in spite of the evolution, a man hasn't managed to get away from the mythological world, he is a part of a myth. 

WALERA MARTYNCHIK

Walera Martynchik was born in Belarus in 1948.

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.

ARTOUR OSHAKANTSI

Artour Sarkissian-Oshakantsi  born in Oshakan, Armenia on 5th October 1953,is widely recognized as a greatest Armenian artist to have come from the USSR. Artour started painting at the very young and by the age of thirteen he has had his first solo exhibition before receiving any formal education. He adopted pseudonym “Oshakantsi”, after his birthplace, which holds a sacred meaning in Armenian culture. Oshakan is a pre-historical site of human habitation in the mountains of Caucasus. It is where Saint Mesrop Mashtots. Armenian theologian, linguist, and hymnologist is buried  In the fourth century AD, Mashtots have created Armenian alphabet, still used today in its original form, and that moment has created a unique cultural identity of Armenians and saved it from assimilation from Greek, Ottoman and Russian influences in difficult centuries that were to come. Artour has completed his formal education by 1976, and whilst greatly influenced by Arshile Gorky and later by European surrealists such as Miro and Masson he has continually evolved in his opus finding his original form of expression. By 1980’s Artour became the greatest Armenian Abstract painter in the Soviet Union. During 1990’s he moves to United Kingdom and there in London, a decade of experimentation led Oshakantsi to an iconographic synthetic style, which ironically only a precise and analytical mind could achieve, creating a breakthrough new school of Painting which was labeled ABSTRACT NATURALISM, founded on a profound spiritual and mythical symbolism as to encode almost heraldic medieval allegories. Oshakantsi is the abstract naturalist par excellence, and its Founder.