A Painting Exhibition “Keys to the Universe” by Russian artists Nicholas Shaplyko and Ekaterina Sorokina, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and the Roerichs’ Art Club, was opened at 24, Ferozeshah Road, on February, 28 During the last six years, the artists had visited India twice, and this is their third visit to the country. They have already organized six exhibitions to their credit in India to the wider appreciation of art-lovers, critics and media.
H. E. Mr. Doulat Kuanyshev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to India, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, and Mr. Gadzhi M. Akhmedov, Deputy Director, RCSC, participated in the inaugural ceremony. Prof. Paramjeet Singh, Acting Chairman, All-India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), was the Chief Guest, and Ms. Krishna Chandan, Director, Krishna’s Collection Gallery, the Guest of Honour on the occasion.
The more than 80 painting by Nicholas Shaplyko and Ekaterina Sorokina on display at the exhibition are made of oil on canvas and oil pastel, and they are interestingly symbolic of the human link with space. The theme contained in the works of artists focus on Reflection, Unity, Lady of the Earth, Parade of Planets, Keepers and Moscow. The painting on Moscow comprises 15 separate oil pastel drawings on black paper, 40cm X 40 cm each. The work on Parade of Planets contemplates on constellations in the celestial phenomenon. Here, the images suggested by the artist reveals his perception of the characters of the planets as seen by an artist’s eye and felt by his heart.
Nicholas Shaplyko and Ekaterina Sorokina, born in Moscow, are owners of the title “Artists with Extraordinary Abilities”, and the founder of the “Museum of Modern Renaissance” in the USA. They were granted permanent residence in the USA as “Artists with Extraordinary abilities” in 1994. In Boston, they purchased the old MasonicTemple and converted it into a Temple of Art. They named it “Museum of Modern Renaissance”. According to Nicholas, the first Renaissance brought beauty and humanity back to society, and believes that it is time to do it again.
The “Museum of Modern Renaissance” is one of a kind, and is a single piece of art itself. It gives you a unique opportunity to enter inside a single piece of art, inside another world, inside another dimension. The walls and ceilings are covered with fresco-like paintings on mythological themes, and achieve stained-glass effect. Nicholas and Ekaterina work together on each painting, and this brings harmony to their art. They use black-base background for all their art-works. It makes colours more refine, delicate and alive. They have created a new style and called it “Magical Realism”. They travel a lot finding inspiration for their work in ancient art of different countries. They write books and always look for new discoveries in their artistic journey. The Russian artists have the credit of holding solo exhibitions in Russia, USA, France, India, Canada and other countries during the last decade, and their art works occupy an important place in museums and galleries of Russia, USA, France, Italy and India.