From 2014 to 2017, life circumstances prevented me from painting, but I was not left with the hope of renewing my art researches. I was thinkinking over about how to create art that would be obvious to Russian, French, American, to every human. My Russian period’s works, for example the “I” series, were intuitively understandable to the Russian audience, but absolutely incomprehensible to the French. And vice versa, the work produced during my time in France were understandable only to the French. Rigid geometry, contrasting with the ubiquitous curves of reality, looked interesting in Russia, but in France it merged completely with the surrounding glossy landscapes and lost all interest. In addition, the puns (play of words), I am fond of, were practically untranslatable, because of their incoherence to the life in the place.

So, I painfully tried to understand what is common to all people of the 21st century. Is it possible to speak with all of humanity at the same time in one visual language? And finally, I realized what unites us—our primitiveness. In an incredibly complex, beautiful and lively surrounding world, we are able to remain surprisingly uncomplicated.

 
Yod, Convinced, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 80 x 70 cm. N 043

Yod, Convinced, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 80 x 70 cm. N 043

Yod, Bye, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 60 x 60 cm. N 048

Yod, Bye, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 60 x 60 cm. N 048

Yod, Autoportrait, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 80 x 70 cm. N 046

Yod, Autoportrait, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 80 x 70 cm. N 046

Yod, Man, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 60 x 60 cm. N 035

Yod, Man, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 60 x 60 cm. N 035

Yod, In the dark, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 80 x 80 cm. N 047

Yod, In the dark, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 80 x 80 cm. N 047

Yod, Evening near the house, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 80 x 80 cm. N 049

Yod, Evening near the house, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 80 x 80 cm. N 049

Yod, Looking man, 2018 canvas, tempera, gouache 70 x 60 cm. N 040

Yod, Looking man, 2018 canvas, tempera, gouache 70 x 60 cm. N 040

Yod, Sad man, 2018 canvas, tempera, gouache 60 x 60 cm. N039

Yod, Sad man, 2018 canvas, tempera, gouache 60 x 60 cm. N039

Yod, At night, 2018 canvas, tempera, gouache 60 x 60 cm. N 45

Yod, At night, 2018 canvas, tempera, gouache 60 x 60 cm. N 45

Yod, In the garden, 2017, canvas, tempera, gouache, 50 x 50 cm. N 032

Yod, In the garden, 2017, canvas, tempera, gouache, 50 x 50 cm. N 032

Yod, Sunset in the jungle, 2017, plywood, tempera, gouache, 50 x 60 cm. N 029

Yod, Sunset in the jungle, 2017, plywood, tempera, gouache, 50 x 60 cm. N 029

Yod, St, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 40 x 50 cm. N 042

Yod, St, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 40 x 50 cm. N 042

Yod, Bonfire, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 50 x 40 cm. N 044

Yod, Bonfire, 2018, canvas, tempera, gouache, 50 x 40 cm. N 044