Exhibition "India revealed" by Alexei Sukhopar from St. Petersburg was presented in the framework of the VI Delhi International Arts Festival at the Art Junction Gallery, Lalit Hotel, New Delhi, on 7 November.
Forty pictures of the exhibition are made in special author’s style – a harmonious synthesis of classical painting and traditional photography. Landscapes, portraits and scenes from the life of Indians were photographed over the last six years of author’s trips to Varanasi, Agra, Khajuraho, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Pondicherry, Pushkar, Tiruvannamalai.
"There is a mystery in each photo, despite the fact that they are reflections of real life. He managed to combine documentary features of photography and emotional character of painting", said the curator of VI Delhi International Arts Festival Jyotika Sharma at the opening ceremony.
"Photo painting technique includes both digital and classical painting and graphics. The basis is a photo which is gradually retouched in a graphics editing program with simultaneous use of watercolor or oils painted sketches," explained Alexei Sukhopar."I started my career with painting and drawing. The acquisition of my camera reminds me of buying a new brush or paints," he continued. Exhibitions by Alexei Sukhopar were carried out in Russia and abroad, including the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center at the Embassy of India in Moscow, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi and Indian Cultural Centre in Bangkok. Many of his works are preserved in private collections in India, Thailand, Germany and Russia.
"I was looking for a way to pass my perception of India through the art and found it in the photo painting technique. Every time India guides the artist and helps him discover new facets of hisprofession. Discovering India, you discover yourself," he observes. Alexei Sukhopar graduated from the Philosophy Department of St. Petersburg State University; he is a Master of Sports (athletics), teacher, fashion photographer… "As an inquisitive and enthusiastic person, Alexei travels a lot. But since he first visited India in 2006, this country is his favorite place of study and inspiration", mentioned his wife, musician and photographer Julia Sukhopar.
Now Alexei and Julia Sukhopar work in India in the framework of international cultural project "Kerala and Karelia: too different and too similar", initiated by the Tourism Department of the Government of Kerala with the support of Landenpohya and Sortavalla administrations of Kerelia Republic (Russia) and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum. The project involves the collection of photographic material in India and in the Republic of Karelia and thematic exhibitions in both countries.
Co-organizer of the photo exhibition "India Revealed" is the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi.