“The Three Horizons” art and photo exhibition at Manhattan’s Gateway Art Center represents three different artists – Aleksandr Popov-Mikhaylov, Yulia Altas and Dmitry Klevansky, who all together see the world through an art prism. Each artist’s work is imbued by light streaming to reach the heart of the viewer, erasing the limitation line and melting the barriers between artist and viewer in order to begin emerging ideas emerging. The concept of the show title covers a wider value that is something immense, mysterious and not complete; understanding similar to the “horizon of mind”.
Yulia Mosolova Mironova Altas was born in 1974 in Tula City, Russian Federation and now lives in the United States. She studied Art at Tula Art School and Orel Art College and was awarded with an Honors Diploma in Art & Design. She also received her Master’s degree from the Tula City University. Yulia Altas has had seven solo exhibitions in the USA, UK, Italy and Russia and 28 group show participations in Italy, the UK, Japan and the USA, including at the Eiffel Tower’s, Gustave Eiffel Hall and the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Her works belong to private and public collections in many countries and she is an awarded artist. She was one of a handful of international artists who was chosen to exhibit her name and work on 25-story-tall video billboard above the American Eagle right in the heart of Times Square, Broadway, New York City, exhibition entitled “See Me take over Times Square” art show endorsed by See|Me Group, Inc.
Aleksandr Popov-Mikhaylov paints to explore the lessons life presents him could be shared with others through the ideas journey toward understanding, eternal mysteries and seeking for universal truths. Some of works are about transformation after death and the realization of the invisible connections between us all. Aleksandr explores personal impressions concerning the circle of life where change is necessary and inevitable. He put together visual symbolic elements onto the canvas embracing spiritual aspect in each image while listening to inner voice.
Dmitry Klevansky has always been interested in photography but as a teenager his biggest passion was music. As years passed, he grew more enamored by the wonders of the visual art. He became a professional photographer just a few years ago. But his progress remains quite tremendous, in the most part due to his consistent and hard work. His favorite subject to study and capture through photography is people. Being mostly self-tough, he infuses his work with a flavor that’s more typical to the classical art of renaissance than modern photography. The dramatic look of his images is similar in style and the delivery method of the original portrait masters. He doesn’t just focus on every detail. He creates those intricate nuances to each character, allowing him to bring up the origin and the unique nature of each personality that he captures. His images are about what he feels rater then what he sees. He creates from his heart.
Aleksandr and Yulia previously exhibited their art in Europe and the United States. Dmitry showed his photographs last month in “Art ExpoNYC 2016” international exhibition. The artists will be happy to welcome visitors to Gateway Art Center NYC, 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036. The exhibit runs May 5 to May 7, 2016. The works promise to be various and visual!
Recently, all three artists spoke to the Examiner about their experiences working in the arts and their hopes for the future:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): How and when did you decide to become an artist?
Yulia Altas (Y.A.): All my life is art. I never really decided to become an artist, as a small child I had a knack for drawing pictures. I continued to paint, draw, and then to do etchings, linocuts, and gobileny. Gradually my life became simply life with art. My first serious artistic education began at ten years of age in the Tula art school. During the four years of training, I took part in various competitions, exhibitions and festivals of children’s drawings; there were awards and certificates and prizes. In 1993, I entered the Orel Art School, where I took the most important basic skills of painting, drawing, composition, as well as crafts including wall paintings, stained glass, gobileny. I received an honors degree at Orel Art School and later I continued to study at Tula State University for 6 years where I learned a new discipline, graphic design, and received a Master’s Degree.
Dmitry Klevansky (D.K.): Different kinds of art inspired me from early childhood. And then I found expression in music. Later I began to sing. But it seemed to me that at a higher level, I could express myself in photography.
Aleksandr Popov-Mikhaylov (A.P.M): I felt that I wanted to become an artist before I entered elementary school. My grandmother noticed me recognizing the colors on prints so she predicted that I would become an artist. At 14 years old I had my first solo exhibition in Crimea, where I were born and a year after that we passed the exams for High Art School.
M.M.: Growing up, which artists and styles interested you?
Y.A.: My most beloved and significant artist has always been Mikhail Vrubel. Style eksperessionizm still makes me happy and inspires.
D.K.: I have no specific artists and trends. There is only what touches me, or indifferent.
A.P.M.: I have consistently admired some impressionists and symbolists, but would not define one favorite among them.
M.M.: How would you describe your work and what inspires it?
Y.A.: My works are tender and emotional and I try to find many opportunities in the open air to recreate my inspiration with the total energy of life that would be later used when to set the theme to craft a particular motive or creation. My work is inspired by my feelings, surroundings, nature, animals, birds and magic color from God. I love to bring a smile to everyone’s face. I try to share my vision with people, showing my art in different ways, in different techniques.
D.K.: As I mentioned before, I became a musician, and listening to the works of great masters of the past in front of me floated pictures and images. And looking at the world now through the lens, I can hear the grandiose music. Harmony is music and I see and feel harmony of the world.
A.P.M: My art combines realistic and abstract details in the same time being considered in general as symbolism.
M.M.: How did you get involved with the Gateway Art Center?
Y.A.: My friend and art curator Dorothy Krakauer introduced me to the Gateway Art Center NYC.
D.K.: One of my friends introduced me to the Gateway Art Center.
A.P.M: My friend Yulia Altas introduced me to the Gateway Art Center.
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding experience involving being an artist?
Y.A: Two most rewarding experiences were when I was chosen as one of the international artists to exhibit my work on the 25-story-tall video billboard in the heart of Times Square, Broadway, New York City and exhibit my artwork at the Eiffel Tower, “Gustave Eiffel” Hall and Louvre in Paris. I met many talented artists who showed me new ways to be open to the world and create more and more paintings full of my feelings and imagination.
D.K.: Skeptical perception of the people themselves, I take pictures at the beginning of shooting. And full of admiration, after they see my work.
A.P.M: The most rewarding experience when I paint is to be able to touch people’s hearts with my art by telling personal stories life presents me.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an artist?
Y.A.: The advice to give to someone becoming an artist, whichever path you are on, be aware that everyone is an artist; artists just let their creative urges out more easily and completely than others. “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”- Albert Einstein.
D.K.: Move in any direction to improve your skills… because there isn’t such thing as perfection.
A.P.M: The advice to give to someone becoming an artist would be to listen to the inner voice while creating.
M.M.: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention?
Y.A.: I prefer to announce it at the right time and keep a surprise for people.
D.K.: I am working on it…
A.P.M: Yes, “The Three Horizons” art and photo exhibition at the Gateway Art Center in Manhattan.
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To learn more about the show and gallery, visit the official website of the Gateway Art Center.
To learn more about Aleksandr Popov-Mikhaylov see his profile, Facebook and website.
To learn more about Yulia Altas see her profile, Facebook and website.
To learn more about Dmitry Klevansky see his profile, Facebook and website.