LIFE AND WORKS
Oleksii Gnievyshev originally hails from the heart of Ukraine, from the
capital Kiev. There he spent his childhood, visiting an art school during
his schooling years, which prepared him for later studies in art. In 2009,
Oleksii was accepted at the Academy of Art in Kiev, where he studied for
five years, receiving his degree in 2014. In his studies, he was mentored
by teacher Volodimir Bagalika, who is regarded as a renowned artist and
teacher on the Kiev scene in creative art and painting.
Oleksii Gnievyshev possesses a unique and particular painting style which
blends classical realism with a modern touch. In a series of portrayals,
Oleksii narrates tales from Greek mythology along with an interplay between
human and animal nature. His pictures appear vivid and powerful:
the animals embody a particular sentiment and the interaction between
the characters tell a story.
Influences from Asian culture can also be seen in Gnievyshev’s works. The
fascination with Japan does not only stem from general interest, but also
from the historical and familial background of the artist: Oleksii’s family
have their roots in Japan.
When asked about the inspiration behind his works, Gnievyshev speaks of
the fascinating energies that individuals emanate, as well as of the certain
kinds of wisdom which animals possess. The beauty of the interplay between
two beings is what gives meaning and depth to his art. He also talks
of abstract realism, an artistic movement given birth through renowned
artists many centuries ago. In keeping with this tradition, Gnievyshev
presents an abstract interpretation of real objects and forms, which are
portrayed according to perception and feeling, giving life and authenticity
to his oil paintings.