2023 Author: Leah Sherlock | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 12:28
Society always notices people who create something unique. It is especially difficult to come up with something completely new in any developed area. The well-known Russian artist Nikolai Kopeikin succeeded in this, who managed not only to create a new direction in painting, but also to make his works relevant and topical. But first things first.
Nikolai Kopeikin was born in the northern capital of Russia in 1966. However, due to the special worldview that pervades his work, the artist claims that his birth dates back to 1936-06-02 and took place in the city of Puhtograd, and now he lives and works in Porebryk City.
Kopeikin's talent for drawing manifested itself in childhood. The boy could spend hours doing this. The author's two diplomas of higher education have nothing to do with painting. The first artist received in 1990 after graduating from the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the Belarusian State Pedagogical Institute, the second - four years later in the direction of "Management".
Nothing has yet been said about where Nikolai Kopeikin studied creative activity. The artist does not have the appropriate education, but he has outstanding abilities, inexhaustible imagination, as well as many new ideas embodied in his topical works.
Besides painting, the author has many other interests and activities. So, Kopeikin has been cooperating with the musical group "NOM" ("Informal Association of Youth") for more than 15 years. Another project of the artist is the creation of the creative association "KOLKHUi" (stands for "Witch artists"), which has been operating since 2002.
The paintings of the painter became popular after he posted them on the Internet. The depiction of human vices resonated with millions of people, so thanks to the so-called reposts (a feature that allows you to share a post with friends on social networks), the artist's work is now known to a mass audience.
What kind of canvases is the artist Nikolai Kopeikin famous for? All paintings by the author are painted in the style of cartoon realism, invented by the painter himself.
The style of the work is reminiscent of Soviet propaganda posters, absurdist folklore, and illustrations from children's books.
Kopeikin lives and works in the northern capital of the Russian Federation, so most of his works are connected with this city. An example is the whole cycle - "Elephants of Petersburg". The artist developed a myth about how other elephants originated from the first such animal, brought to the city during the reign of Peter the Great.gradually humanized and became plumbers. From living too long next to people, these giants adopted far from the best qualities of the human race, which is embodied in the pictures.
The painter loves to make fun of the bad sides of human nature. To do this, he uses images of famous domestic and foreign cartoon characters and comic book characters. So, the author combined in his work "Superheroes" the famous painting by Vasnetsov with the images of Batman, Superman and Spider-Man. Thus, Kopeikin wanted to portray the ideal of real heroes that has changed in modern people.
Another picture illustrating human vices is “Ship Rat”. Three astronauts are depicted on the canvas. Two of them are sleeping, and the third is eating common foods at this time.
The work "Into the Smoke" depicts a person's escape from reality into prostration and the world of illusions while intoxicated.
Nikolai Kopeikin is popular not only in Russia. The artist's paintings were exhibited more than 30 times together with other authors and 15 times in the format of personal exhibitions both at various venues in our country and in the largest cities of Europe: London, Amsterdam, Geneva and others.
As mentioned above, Nikolai Kopeikin does not only paint. He, with the participation of A. Kagadeev, made many feature films: "Belarusian true story",Apiary, Geopolips, The Brown Age of Russian Literature, etc. His directorial talent was recognized by the jury of various film festivals (Kinoshock, Rotterdam IFF, etc.).
Besides this, the artist is the author of a huge number of postcards and posters made in the style of his favorite multi-realism.
Nikolai Kopeikin once said in an interview about how he sees the role of the creator in Russia. According to the artist, in European countries, artists are treated as representatives of the upper class, they are perceived loftily. In our country, creativity is treated as something radical, sometimes even revolutionary, and, consequently, its value increases.
Nikolai Kopeikin claims that he did not come up with anything new in painting. Pictures are just a means of expressing thoughts. His cartoons, as his work is often called, would not be multirealist if they did not include painting. And since it exists, then this direction of art lives and develops.
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