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Evgenyi Bystrov

When did you start to be interested in art? Why did you choose to draw?

I started to be interested in art when I was 16-17 years old.

Do you remember your first artwork, what was it like?

My first artwork was really unsuccessful…

What are your favourite topics and why? Is there anything you would not depict

It’s important not WHAT, but HOW you draw, that’s why I don’t have favorite topics. I would say that every subject is interesting to me.

How education has influenced your creativity and changed your professional way?

I don’t think education influences creativity, you are either creative or you are not, what education can do, however, is broaden one's mind, education is a technical basis to whatever one does with one’s creativity.

From which authors do you get inspiration?

There are a lot of artists in the Russian art at the beginning of 20 century, who are my examples: Levitan, Korovin, Vrubel, etc.

What, do you think is the place of visual arts in today's life? Do you think art can influence the public life?

Visual arts could influence the public life and I hope always will.

Do you think that nationality has its place in art?

Nationality is not important except as a topic.

Which books are you reading lately?

I recently reread monograph about the artist Krimov.

Are there any artworks you are working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m working on series of night landscapes.

How do you see your future?

I think that my future has already arrived.

Would you say in one sentence what is the art for you?

Painting is not a profession, painting is a state of mind, paraphrasing one of the artists, and it is difficult to disagree

Philippe Crespo

Art is a self-transcendence

Jukka Nopsanen

I think art can influence the mind of a human being

Sergey Chesnokov-Ladyzhenski

It is important for the nation to have his genius

Konstantin Prozorovsky

Today the Role of Fine Art is as Small as Never Before

Alejandro Manriquez

I paint to breathe

Pavel Lefterov

My Art Is My Philosophy
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