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Neonilla Medvedeva & Sebastian Rudko

Painting and drawings

February 15th - April 6th, 2013

 

Neonilla Medvedeva is a young, talented artist and belongs to a new generation of Latvian artists. Despite her age, she’s already managed to conquer the World of Latvian Art. Neonilla studied in Art Academy of Latvia, where in 2011 she received the Master grade in painting. In 2010-2011 she attended the Erasmus program in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Starting from year 2006, Neonilla is actively participating in group exhibitions in Latvia, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Lithuania and Estonia. Furthermore she had organized several solo exhibitions in Latvia and Sweden. In the year 2008 Neonilla was nominated for a scholarship by the SEB Bank, which admitted her as best young painter. Additionally, this allowed her to participate in International Residence Art Recollects in Paris.

Her works are placed in many collections and adorn different walls of art connoisseurs. Neonilla works with various art techniques, but most of all she is keen to classic technique such as oil painting on canvas, academic drawing, graphics (etching and linocut). The subject of her works is a portrait - human figure in a relationship with the surrounding world, space, nature. Continuous communication of a human with the past, with the beyond, emphasis on the eternal values and particularly peaceful mood are clearly felt in her works. Her works are often repeated images of the past, images, having cultural significance, such as allegory, Byzantine images of angels, images of the past century - Neonilla interprets all this from the perspective of a young contemporary person.

 

Sebastian Rudko, born in the Polish Renaissance town Zamosc, developed his skills while studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Since graduating, his paintings have received much attention in his homeland and now internationally with his recognition in the 2010 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition in New York.

The pervasiveness of nature shines through Sebastian Rudko’s urban scenes in his sensitivity to the shifting qualities of sunlight on glass. Working in oils on canvas and linen, Rudko smoothly paints fleeting moments of reflection and refraction, blending the inner and outer worlds together into a single experience like layers of transparency. Perspectives become bent and warped as he captures fragments of light and time on mirrored and reflective surfaces, creating a strong sense of presence and detachment in his compositions as if seen through a window while passing by.

While Rudko uses photographs and sketches to create his compositions, the impressions of memory are vital to his art, shaping the subtle energy and atmosphere of his works.

Gabriele Förster· Berlin· February 2013