Russian fairy tales…
Opening of a personal exhibition «Shrovetide». Exposition fragment with installation of Roman Shtengauer. Siberian Art Space, Novosibirsk. 2020
My paintings are my land: the characters here enjoy life, wisely estimating the various events. This is the place full of coziness and individual care. It has the part of Russia that is so close to my heart.
The paintings, drawings, photographs included in this book will bring you to the world warmed with the Russian stove and bright colors.
And yes – I have nothing against progress but I'm against the global monotony. I would like people to value their identity without any arrogance.
And for now – fully enjoy the fairy tale!
I hope it becomes a reality someday…
Our fairy tale begins with this painting. We are at «the inner sanctum» of Russian house – the Russian stove. It baked for us some bread with a golden crust and wrapped it in a soft cloth like mother swaddles her baby.
The little pieces of coal are shining with different shades and talking whether to us or to a magic flower sheltered nearby. And they have a mystery – they remind January stars in the boundless space.
Bread for the Lust Supper. Canvas, oil. 100x80 cm
Frosty January is the best winter month in Russia. Peaceful atmosphere prevails in the hinterland. Straight smoke from the chimneys creates a special aroma and mood – I want to hug each hut covered with snow.
And as well as the boy in the painting I see good dreams warmed with the icon-lamp and loft – a special bed over the house entrance.
Winter in the village. 2020. Canvas, oil. 80x80 cm
Christmas has sheltered on the table and there is a wonderful Christmas tree besides. Someone may notice angels, maybe they have revived all these toys?
And then everything turns into mysterious Universe: even succulent strokes of oil paint remind shining stars.
Christmas. 2011. Canvas, oil. 90x75 cm
Have you ever thought why we see the stars? Why every night the sky draws them for us?
The girl in a patterned headscarf decided to play with night horizon. She hasn't just simply tossed the shoe – it is her mediator between the present and the future.
I wonder what it will tell her after its travel to the stars.
Upward (Shoe tossing). 2010. Canvas, oil. 60x62 cm