Artwork can be precious not just because it resists through the years, but also because it has owned it’s value since its birth.
Yaroslav Levchenko’s ambitious paintings seduce, repel, surprise, and puzzle. His masterful technique is achieved through the scrutiny and emulation of the compositional devices, graphic rhythms and refined surfaces of sixteenth and seventeenth century Northern European paintings, while his subjects exist at odds with the popular dialogue and politics of contemporary art. Consistent throughout his oeuvre is his search for the point at which the beautiful and the grotesque are held in perfect balance.Yaroslav Levchnko (b.1987, USSR) received his PHD from the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint-Petersburg. He lives and works in Athens Greece. Levchenko’s work is represented in museum collections worldwide, including the State Hermitage Museum. Major museum exhibitions include “Yaroslav Levchenko: CHRISTMAS SUITE,” State Complex “Palace of Congress, Saint-Petersburg, Russia (2010); “Yaroslav Levchenko: ITALIAN CYCLE,” State Hermitage Museum (2011); “Yaroslav Levchenko: TOTALLY CONTEMPO/CONTEMPORARY ANATOMY” Vyborg Castle State Museum (2011/2014); and “Yaroslav Levchenko: SACRED ESSENCE,” Kiev National Museum of Russian Art (2015).
* Art critic and main partner of St Petersburg’s Hermitage, specialized in Italian art and,
in particular, in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting.