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Many artists think that winning an art competition means a recognition of the artist’s talent, but it is mainly the result of long and painstaking work. Victory is impossible without well-prepared materials such as: CV, artist’s statement, portfolio, and others, but we usually don’t consider the role of social networks, and how they significantly affect the jury’s choice.

Today, social networks are an integral part of most people's lives. In art — especially when it's institutionalized — no matter how strange it may seem at first glance, social networks play an important role. Most art organizations exist on public or…


I talk to the museum “Artkommunalka. Erofeev and others” after participating in the Artkommunalka Artist-in-Residence Program from 18th of January to 15th of March 2020 about Russia, France, liberalism, project in Kolomna and the mission of art.

Photo: Alexander Uvarov

— Tell us more about your project.

— The project is called “Me. Human: World”. I have a series of portraits “Me. Human” and the word “world” is added here because I want to make a collection of identical real life landscape portraits in different parts of the world. And this time it would be diptych, i.e. combining two larger pictures. I chose…


There are more than 1,150 private art galleries in Paris*. Perhaps it is impossible to visit everyone of them, especially when you have only 4 days left, and yet I managed to visit 93 galleries. This is an intense and exciting journey that I called an “art marathon”. The idea came to me while walking through Paris in May time. I went inside the galleries that I met on my way, talked to their inhabitants and absorbed the modern art, until I realized that I wanted to see and feel as much as possible. Then I set myself the goal…


F.L.: Hello! Please, introduce yourself.

YOD: Hello! I am an artist YOD.

F.L.: YOD is an alias right?

YOD: The artist is always an alias or, one might say, a kind of a prototype of the individual, even if he works under his real name.

F.L.: Where are you from?

YOD: I live between France and Russia. More often in Russia, in Saint Petersburg, in the last couple of years. Pretty good climate…

F.L.: How did you begin? How or why did you decide to dedicate your life to the art?

YOD: I began in children’s art school, that’s where…


Photo: Chait Goli

Visual artists do not come from a life which is a bed of roses. The ability to visualize the world in a certain point of view, ability to think critically, in direct ratio to social stereotype thinking and visual delicacy, are not the only premises that form a visual artist but also a reason of unavoidable social isolation. …


In my 33rd year, at the age of Christ, I faced depression for the first time in my life. I had no opportunity to do art at the time. The constant repetitions of actions necessary to manage the hygiene of my own life and the life of my family became my reality. I had nothing to strive for. Thoughts of the eternal dullness of the world around me appeared in my head over and over. I began to suspect that suicide might not be the worst option for a bored person. …


Over the past 17 years, contemporary art prices have grown by 1,400%. What is it if not evidence of increased public attention to art? However, it seems that the galleries are still empty, and the excited crowds are in no rush to reach for the beautiful. Could it possibly mean that art is the subject of concern for the artists themselves, as well as for a very limited number of gallery owners, art critics, collectors, and businessmen (who so far show the greatest enthusiasm in purchasing art)?

‘Untitled’ by the artist Yue Minjun, 2001

The artists whom I am personally acquainted with often complain that no one…


Modern man commonly associates a brand with some fashionable perfume or at least a fancy bag and definitely not with the profession of an artist. To the majority of those not engaged in any artistic practices, an artist appears to be a person who is able to deliver the image of a beautiful world around us in a visually echoing manner. Fascinated with contemporary art, people scan any artist for a story of a rebellious soldier who is capable of loud manifestations. Nevertheless, a successful artist today is a successful brand in the first and foremost place.

The postmodern era…

Ilya Yod

An incognito artist using cubes to create man in #paintings, #sculptures, #graphics and #NFT pieces. Visit artist's website https://yodvisual.art

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