Featured Artist, Oleg Sheludyakov
Sheludyakov’s gentle, unassuming nature complements the intensity of his gaze, revealing a highly intuitive, introspective individual whose complex visual language is a product of his intellectualism. Over the years, the prolific painter has developed an extensive artistic repertoire founded upon a solid work ethic. Deeply personal, his creations are a reflection of Russian sensibilities lightly dusted with French influences. This distinctive combination emphasizes the enigmatic nature of his work, clearly distinguishing it from other contemporary artists. Moreover, his signature style reflects a very specific iconography and visual lexicon, with extensive references to his native Siberia. A series of subjects, images, and applied techniques regularly appear as leitmotifs. The profusion of cobalt blue, seaside and urban landscapes, nautical themes, music, animals, and the nu féminin (female nudes) are primary examples. A large portion of his work is devoted to the nu féminin, a genre that encapsulates ethereal beauty in abstract and conceptual terms.
Subject, style, color palette, and technique provide a medium to visually translate human emotion and themes, which range from pure, gentle, and harmonious to somber, expressive, and frenetic. Sheludyakov adopts a philosophical approach to the artistic process, releasing paintings to the public with an open heart. The transformational power of a true chef-d’oeuvre is the antithesis of indifference, since it encourages critical reflection, thoughtful dialogue, and creates deep emotional bonds with the spectator. In contemporary society, globalization has affected the art market, artists, and artistic production. Therefore, operating within an isolated sphere is not a viable option or lucrative alternative for those working in the competitive industry. The symbiotic relationship between artistic expression and creativity is unique, defined within existing sociocultural parameters, and whose mutual interdependency results in transformational change.
Russian artist, Oleg Sheludyakov, was born in 1971 in Novosibirsk, Siberia. At the age of 17, he began his studies in Architecture at the Novosibirsk Engineering Institute. In 1995 he graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Humanities from Novosibirsk State University. He later studied monumental painting at Novosibirsk Fine Arts and Architectural Academy and drawing at the Fine Arts Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Sheludyakov has had exhibitions in more than 25 countries, including Russia, France, Italy, Germany, and England. His works are included in the art collections of Novosibirsk Art Museum, The House of Scientists, Siberian branch of the Russian academy of Sciences, as well as various public and private collections around the world. He has been a member of the International Federation of Artists and National Creative Union of Russia Artists since 2001. The artist currently resides in Marseille, France where his studio is located.