Autumn. Ladies Came Flying

On August 16 at the concert hall of the Museum of the History of Religion opened an exhibition of works by the artist Sergei Radyuk

Sergey Radyuk was born on November 6, 1965 in Beloozersk (Beryozovsky district, Brest region). In 1989 he moved to Vologda. His first personal exhibition was opened in 1990 in the hall of the Vologda branch of the Union of Russian Artists. In 1994 – 1995s – the chairman of the Vologda branch, a member of the Board of the Union of Russian Artists. He was one of the creators of the International Public Organization of Artists Solar Square, one of the first organizers and inspirers of the plein air practices of artists in Russia and abroad. He initiated the meeting of the chairmen of artists’ unions of Ivanovo, Vologda, Kostroma, Vladimir and Yaroslavl regions held in 1995 in Ivanovo in order to organize regional exhibitions. After leaving the post, the chairman founded the creative association Solar Square. In 1996 he organized plein airs in Totma (Vologda region), Minsk and Goryachy Klyuch (Krasnodar region), as well as a number of exhibitions. Since 1997, Sergei Radyuk, together with the Cherepovets Museum Association, has founded a new House of Creativity in Vladimirovka (Cherepovets district, Vologda region) on the basis of the literary museum of Igor Severyanin. Plein airs celebrate this year the 20th anniversary. The participants were artists from 17 countries. Exhibitions of Solar Square artists were exhibited in Belgium, India, Vietnam, Belarus, France, Spain. In Luxembourg Sergey Radyuk held 2 full-fledged seasons of exhibitions of Russian artists and 3 plein airs Solar Square.

Now Sergey Radyuk lives and works in Moscow. In 2009, he created the painting school Solar Square, in which he teaches. His students continue their studies in leading art and architectural universities in Russia. Since 2013, Sergei Radyuk again headed the creative association Solar Square. He took part in more than 100 international and Russian exhibitions. The artist’s paintings are in the personal collections of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, as well as the King of Cambodia and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, the Museum of Russian Impressionism (Moscow), the Museum of Modern Art (Seoul, Republic of Korea) and many others.

Creative credo of Sergei Radyuk: an artist is not a profession, but a philosophy. Radyuk shares the world view of artists who, like Picasso, work in different styles. He believes that, as a good artist, an artist must reincarnate. If the artist is worried about different topics, which is quite natural for the person who is in search, then it is necessary to disclose them differently. Each topic must find its own plastic language. Choosing or developing it, the artist has the right to use any suitable theme of the style.

Sergei Radyuk seeks to synthesize the arts and mix genres. He and his comrades are close to embodying jazz style in painting. Jazz is primarily an improvisation. Therefore, Sergei pays great attention to the creation of paintings, often improvising from the stage, and often offering the viewer first to contribute to the surface of the canvas, sharing his thoughts and energy. However, the exhibition Autumn. Ladies Came Flying presents other works of the artist Radiuk. The author also creates them not quite meaningful, introducing himself into a certain special creative state, expressing on the canvas, sheet or blackboard the plots of his subconscious. This is surrealism, so beloved by the viewer of the 20th century, behind the scenes of which artists hide from the aggressive reality or warn society about what should be avoided. It’s dreams, rich in images, and symbols, and reflections on a particular concept.

The exhibition gives us romantic fantastic stories with flying ladies having breakfast in the clouds, walking through the swamp and sitting on trees, and landscapes, in addition to the traditional game of warm and cold colors, breathe the air, are lightly light, despite the materiality of the paint, uninhabited and virgin in their primordial nature.

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