lunedì 31 agosto 2015

sabato 1 agosto 2015

Green Label / US / Interview


POP ART PORTRAITS OF RAPPERS AND BALLERS: MEET RINAT SHINGAREEV

Rinat Shingareev is an artist that melds the worlds of contemporary art and classic portraiture. The self-proclaimed "Best Artist Alive" has been featured internationally on the covers and within the pages of magazines like Maxim, GQ, Forbes, and more. His subjects include folks like Drake, Kanye West, Richard Branson, Pharrell, and Mark Zuckerberg, just to name a few.

We spoke with the artist and in addition to opening up about his classic and modern influences, Rinat also shares what he aims to accomplish by presenting his work in the way that he has.

How long have you been painting? When and how did you get started?
I don't know when I decided to start painting, but I can say with confidence that from the very beginning I had an idea to create something great and special that could change the world. With my work, I set out to make an indelible mark and leave my name etched in history. I came to the conclusion that I would be able to achieve this thanks to my artistic talent, will, and desire. If painting hadn't been my discipline of choice, I would have become a writer or musician. In any case, I would need some way to release my creative energy.

What is the process like when it comes to selecting your subjects?
The main purpose of my art is the desire to transmit the spirit of my era through the portraits of famous people who have achieved the highest heights in sports, music, politics, and other spheres of activity. So I always choose actual, interesting, and bright characters, talented and special people, which happen to be the major figures of our time. How else could you capture these moments in history if not through figures who are so popular among ordinary people?! It also helps that many of them possess a fantastic charisma, which gives even more magic to my work.

How long does a piece usually take you to complete?
In a year, I create about twenty works. I'd say one painting takes me from two to three weeks, but it all depends on the complexity and size of the canvas.

Your work is a mixture of Pop art and classic portraiture, can you speak on that a bit?
I think that my interest in Pop Art came about during the years of study while at the academy in Italy. In Russia, all my artistic education was focused only on classical art, where there is a particular set of limits and additionally severe rules. Pop Art was, for me, a real revelation! It is an artistic movement full of freedom where you can realize and present the boldest ideas. The art is interesting precisely because it is varied and unlimited. My inspirations range from Bacon and Warhol to Raphael and Michelangelo. With these being my influences, I can create work with modern and classical twists. Overall, I think that my work reflects my love for the maniacal detail and grace of classical art in addition to the boundless forms of self-expression of modern art. I would call myself the new Andy Warhol, wishing to reach the level of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Are there any other mediums you enjoy working with other than oils?
At the moment, I have painted over a hundred portraits, having been able to execute my most courageous and original ideas. With each new work, I create, for myself, a more complex challenge and I've always been able to execute it thanks to a lot of practice with oil painting. For me, it's the most convenient and universal material which gives you unlimited possibilities in technical terms. I also experiment with other materials, but I didn't reach a desirable result with them.

As an artist can you describe the feeling you get when you see your work displayed in magazines?
Naturally it gives you pleasure when your works are published by magazines like GQ, Maxim, Forbes, Zeit and others. I would consider these small achievements because these magazines have such a huge audience which allows you to present your art to readers from around the world. Promotion of this kind opens up new opportunities and helps you to find new clients. I believe that if you are talented and create something unique, every person on the earth should know your name, and then from there they can decide to love you or to ignore you.

Have you or would you like to transition to having your work in galleries?
Yes, of course, in the past I have regularly collaborated with various galleries, but at the moment all my attention is concentrated on my big personal exhibition.

Have there been any instances where your subjects reached out to purchase your work?
Some subjects featured in my paintings have contacted me to acquire their portraits. Generally they were businessmen and even some politicians. Later on I went on to take on some commissioned work for some of them.

WRITTEN BY: GREGSTON HURDLE

martedì 14 luglio 2015

A.R.T.S.Y Magazine / US


Rinat Shingareev: Pop Art That Speaks Values

Artists often dwell on the freedom to escape and express themselves, but what happens when you escape to paint reality? Propelled by passion, Russian artist Rinat Shingareev paints the moments in modern history in order to share his ideologies. Inviting us to see a new perspective within pop culture and rising cultural, political and historical awareness – he empowers us to reflect on the times of our society.

Overwhelmed with the urge to create, Shingareev began to explore his artistry at the age of four and went to art school at the age of six.

During his years of early study in Russia, Shingareev concentrated on classical art where there were several limitations and rules. After transitioning from various creative professions such as interior and web design, Shingareev found himself developing a great appreciation for the art of painting.

Once he graduated from the Fine Arts School of Russia he moved to Italy to continue his education at the Academy of Fine Arts. It was here where the young artist stumbled across an array of opportunities and truly found his inspiration in Pop Art. “In Italy, my studies were focused mainly on the practice, as well as various experiments in fashion, photography and design. I lived for many years in Italy and, personally, for me this country is an ideal place for creativity. If every artist has his muse, my main muse is just Italy,” says Shingareev.

Fascinated by culture and the exchange of ideas, Shingareev’s work reveals the richness of diversity and the spirit of our era. His keen interest for pop art has given him the ample room for freedom, growth and stimulation. With bright colors, sharp lines and unusual contrasts he is able to eloquently convey a message. “I use religious images and symbols to focus on the refusal of our society to move from spiritual values in exchange for material benefits. Also, I explore the cult of personality,” adds Shingareev.

Using various techniques, different styles and over one hundred portraits in oil, the artist revealed that his only challenge is in finding more daring, original and fresh concepts. Up to now, Shingareev’s most popular piece has been his portrait of Barack Obama, which was published on a plethora of magazine covers.

Inspired by Bacon and Rothko to Raphael and Michelangelo, the young artist is also inspired by music. The young artist disclosed that he spends up to seven to eight hours a day in the comfort of his studio surrounded by an energetic atmosphere created by the music that inspires his work, which is mainly electronic and hip-hop music. “Each work is an indication of my technical growth and connects me with a certain moment in my life,” shares Shingareev.

At the moment, he is working on a large number of works on commission and experimenting with fashion design and videos. Engulfing his heart and soul into his work, Shingareev would love for his pieces to stir different emotions for everyone. “I want the world to remember me as the greatest artist of our time who’s made a difference. I want to be the Jay-Z of the world of art, the new Andy Warhol with the technique of Leonardo Da Vinci.”

By: Astrid Sarmiento (@lilpoetrid)

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