Nowadays, Vyacheslav Mikhailov is one of the most famous modern Russian Nonconformist artists. He is developing his own individual artistic language. It’s a fusion of painting and sculpture.
The artist goes beyond the boundaries of the traditional system of oil and canvas and turns to the materials that are not very typical for painting, such as hardboard, gypsum, gesso, acryl. He creates grotesque and embossed combination of painting and sculpture on his canvases.
The artist mostly works in picturesque abstraction. There is nothing accidental in the choice of this artistic path. He distances himself from the real shapes of the objects and strives to convey his impression of the outside world trough tree-dimensional colourful layers and fanciful silhouettes. That’s how the artist creates a very special kind of painting where the image acquires a relief. The image becomes closer to the viewer because of unusual three-dimensional structure. This proximity of his masterpieces to his audience is essential for the artist.
A special scale of colours in Mikhailov’s “voluminous” paintings has a very strong impact on the viewer. The pure color in the canvases radiates some kind of an energy that fills the entire painting.
It’s worth to mention that the artist searches for inspiration in a classic works by Rembrandt and Michelangelo. These great old masters are considered by Mikhailov as his main and all-time teachers.
The rat works were presented at more than 300 exhibitions. The artist had about 70 personal exhibitions in Russia and abroad. The works created by Mikhailov also participated in auctions such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s.