Nikas Safronov: the wreath of contradictions

Self-portrait in the suit of Captain Blood.

Nikas Safronov - one of the most famous contemporary artists, already in life deserved recognition all over the world.
Portraits of Safronov's brush are from Madonna, Sophia Loren, Pierre Cardin, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Montserrat Caballe and many other world stars, not to mention Russian celebrities.



Portrait of the Madonna.

The creativity of Nikas Safronov, like himself, is a real tangle of contradictions.
His paintings are permeated with the spirit of history, but at the same time written using modern technology.
The artist's works are exhibited in galleries around the world, but at the same time anyone can order his portrait from him.
Active secular life intertwines with Nikas Safronov with spiritual life, and it's no less important to communicate with a disabled child for him than to meet with the world star.
About inspiration, creativity and art will be discussed in this interview.


Adam and Eve or Spring in Paradise.

- How do you think the formula of creativity? What are the components of success and recognition of people of creative professions?
- The formula of creativity: mastery through inspiration, which includes a mystery or mystery through drawing, color and image, where the author's individuality is important. Examples include El Greco, Rembrandt, Brueghel, Impressionists, such as Monet, Vag Gog or Modigliani and Degas. In modern art it's difficult to say your individual word, but when it works out, it can be Picasso, Chagall, Dali or Andy Warhol.



Sleep of a cloud.

- Art is eternal. But its forms are changeable. How do you feel about the opportunities that modern digital technologies provide? Is it possible with their help to create true works of art?

- Everything changes in this world, and art too. There is the art of theater and the cinema that arose later, which can also be attributed to art, but of a different plan. Many forms of creativity arise on the basis of the old. Today, literature is presented already through a computer, where you can slightly touch the screen with your finger, and the pages visually turn over. But this does not mean that someone canceled the book. Book production continues to develop. This is the quality of paper, and the internal and external design. The same in painting. New canvases and paints, such as acrylic.


Philosophical perception of two values, not including the Tower of Babel.

- Painting - materialized with the help of canvas, paints, brushes - thought and state of mind. Is it possible for such a unity of the master and the means to achieve a similar result when the artists use digital technologies?

- Yes, today you can transfer a graphic, color image through a computer. And this, too, can be interesting. As an example, one can cite the work of the remarkable artist Konstantin Khudyakov, who, unfortunately, refused oil painting and pencil drawing, but he achieved high results in the field of computer painting. But this is more of an exception. Still, real creativity is a movement of the hand of the master on paper, canvas or other material, in which there is energy of the smear and the artist's breathing. Such works can even be treated, the viewer can enjoy the scent of colors, live energy, not transmitted virtually, but with a tangible eye and even a hand, to feel the direction of the author's smear. Let us recall at least primitive rock carvings: you look at them, and you are breathtaking from the fact that you are in touch with the history of the birth of art. Only that truly can be real creativity, which is created by the hand of the Master. No computer technology can replace canvas and paint. Or a pencil and paper, where there is power of the author. For example, every driver in the car "Ferrari" leads it individually, but the car is just a product, released serially. There are exceptions, when the car is released in a single copy, but it is again designed by designers.



Theater in the female guise.

Through the computer can not transfer the energy of man, which is transmitted through the sacrament of creativity. Of course, it's possible to display the individuality on the display through graphicality, but it will still not be the same. It's like doing an operation through a computer, where there will be professionalism, but there will not be a soul, a surgeon's energy.


Theater of Eternity on the background of mountains.

- What is your inspiration? What finds the particularly strong response in your soul, making you take up the brush?

- Much. A beautiful or unusual landscape, interesting people, a memorable dream that requires expression on paper or on canvas. The art of old masters, good music, vivid memories of the past, and much more.


The peak of beauty.

- You are a person, on the one hand, creative, and on the other - a public one. What for you is participation in charitable actions and philanthropy?

- Every socially active person should understand that he is not alone in this world. And if he took place in his field and receives for his labor a monetary equivalent, then he simply has to think about that world



Vladimir Kush To The Top


Jacob Weinstein. The woman is a riddle for men.




• There is an Amazonian woman. She does not tolerate a man next door, and she needs her only to continue the family.
The main time is given to wars: local - with the one who loves and tolerates it; Interagency - in the service of the leader's place; Great wars for the triumph of democracy and a better life for the people - confidently driving about this from the highest tribunes of the state.
Artemis is her goddess.

• There is a female butterfly. She is like an immortal soul, resurrection and eternal life.
Careless, flies into the light, even at night. He trusts the fire, in contact with which, inevitably perishes.
Circe is a powerful sorceress changing her appearance.

• There is a woman - a goddess, calm in her wisdom, caring motherly, sensitive to the pain of someone else's soul, carefully storing the vessel of love, trusted by God.
Nothing is demanding and everything is receiving.
Aphrodite? Hera? Athena?





• There is a woman - the wind, dragging along to the unknown.
He lifts to the top of bliss and just as easily throws it into the abyss, and again flies forward, not staying long nowhere.

• There is a woman - a star. It inevitably attracts many, but it does not give a drop of heat.
She does not age, not knowing the passions, without experiencing pain. Her place is in the sky above.
Always in proud solitude, bright, unattainable, inaccessible and inviting trusting earthly souls.



• There is a woman temptress, who neglects the prohibitions and tastes from the tree of Knowledge.
And there is not that man who would have stood before her, knowing in advance that he would inevitably be expelled from paradise and thrown into the abyss of earthly hell.
God's creation is Eve.

• There is a woman - a mother. Not because she fulfilled her destiny and glorifies motherhood.
She is like a good mother to her husband, patient and generous in her love for children, sensitive to her sister and brother, caring with the old and the small.
She is the daughter of three mothers. Flesh from the flesh of a woman - the ancestors. Dedicated to the great
Isis in the mysteries of motherhood and femininity. Stored and guided by Demeter.


Girl and tree.

• There is a woman - a melody. Majestic, tremblingly tender, polyphonic, sad, sonorous and delightful, romantic and heroic, enthralling, giving pleasure, promising everything that the soul is waiting for.
Variable in mood, subject only to Kalioppe.

• There is a woman - a dream. Created by the youthful dreams of a nymph, airy as a marshmallow, an unattainable celestial, she sits down on the edge of the bed, lightly covers the man's eyelids and lulls him, quietly singing the words that he wants to hear. And again disappears.
Beautiful and elusive, like the goddess Greus.



• There is a woman - the sea, then affectionate, like a summer breeze, then furious, like a winter tree. The bottomless soul.
Whisper and cry. Inviting distance and the promise of a miracle. Fusing for a moment with the sky, he remembers his distant shore and hurries back to him.
Libya, restrained and faithful, does not lose its head and staunchly withstands the storm.

• There is a woman - fire and light, incinerating and illuminating the way, imperious and warming the heat, able to ignite without a flint and quietly go out without causing pain.
Clea, the many-faced goddess.



• There is a woman - a hunter who possesses clever tactics: unexpectedly retreating, seemingly unsure of her inability - and the beast flees in the specified direction, getting into a pre-established trap for it. The beast, planted in a cage, is no longer an animal.
And if it is also skillfully trained ...
Diane is her patroness.

• There is a woman - a rainbow.
She is not afraid to live, does not complain about lightning, easily suffers a thunderstorm and, washed by rain, like tears, flashes with gems, elusive colors and half-tones, curves with an elegant arch, joining the two ends of the earth.
Iris, connecting a man and a woman.


Meditation 2

• There is a woman - a bitch.
She loves herself and only herself. It needs victory in everything, success - in everything.
All or nothing is not for her. Get it all at once - that's her aspiration.
Blinded, but to no one comes off a warm light. But how many around those who are admired.
How many applicants of her attention, at least fleeting.

• There is a woman - a secret, which, it seems, is easy to guess, but it does not work.
She is incomprehensible, incomprehensible, often - and to herself. That majestic, sometimes erratic, now crying, sometimes joyful, sometimes tired, sometimes graceful, striking inexplicable intuition. The incomprehensible.
She lives in a mystical world, kept by Mara, her goddess.


• There is a woman - a flower.
It adorns the world, attracts to itself an exquisite color, a form, a dope smells.
Bees curl around trying to get pollen. But everything fades.
And instead of invitingly attracting the spring flower there is a skimpy, dry lump. Flora - she only worships her.

Oh, Woman!
Delight and mystery, inspiration and torment, tenderness and fury, cry and supplication, smile and breathing, pleasure and pain, flash and darkness, fire and ice, spring and pool ...
"Oh, Woman! - Riddle for a man"

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Jean-Marc Fantasies about France of the future from the distant past.


The project "France in 2000 (XXI century)" is a series of futuristic paintings, coined by the French artist Jean-Marc C?t¨¦ and associates, which was released in France in 1899, 1900 and 1901-1910 - Ies.
Postcards show us that with the imagination of our ancestors was all right! ))
Colorful fantasies from the past are what life seemed like to people living in 1900, in the future, namely, in 2000.
These funny pictures have a long and long-suffering story. Furthermore! We could never see them if it were not for ... Isaac Asimov. He's still fantastic! ))
So in order.
Jean-Marcus Cote illustrations were ordered by the toy company Armand Gervais.
There are at least 87 cards in total.
The first series of images called "EN L'AN 2000" was produced in the form of paper labels for packs of cigarettes for distribution at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900.
Unfortunately, Armand Gervais (1912 - 1990) unexpectedly died and his company ceased operations.
So these cards never spread. The plant was closed and it was abandoned for almost a quarter of a century.
Until Monsieur Reno appeared! He visited the room with the idea of ??using it to make toys. Instead, he discovered Gervais' untouched products, including maps.
Monsieur Renault decided not to release toys, but to buy the entire stock of the company for his store on the left bank.
History develops further!
In 1978, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov and his wife lived in Paris. They visited the store Reno and Isaac Azimov bought a set of cards. According to Azimov, there was only one set, fifty postcards in which were not damaged by water in an abandoned factory. Intrigued by this collection, he wrote the book "Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000", which was published in 1986.
In this book, Azimov analyzes each drawing and discusses why some subjects could come to mind from a different era.
When a talented futurist conducts his own investigation of the artifacts of the past, it's damn interesting! I think that the most curious of you have already fled to find a book. )))
Well, I propose to look at at least a portion of the illustrations.


Man has always dreamed of conquering the air. This was almost his first desire, when he realized that he could make progress with his own hands.
He constantly tried, experimented, failed - and yet did not lose optimism.
Man believed that conquest of the air element is a matter of time.
This belief is very well traced in the works of French cartoonists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
A little more than a century ago, people dreamed that in a hundred years everyone will be free to fly on business or for pleasure. These were supposed to be aero-taxi station.
Alas, they were embodied only in the "Fifth Element":


All fly. Firemen in a Batman costume extinguish a fire.
And you have no fire stairs!)


And the postmen arrive like Karlsons straight to you on the balcony.



And the aerial police catches flying criminals.



Even hunters and those, according to our ancestors, should be volatile!
And what? Maybe some people are dreaming about this now. ))



And tennis is also in flight!
It turns out that our ancestors believed that people will become birds. Does not it remind you of anything?


People always and at all times like to fantasize and predict the future.
1900 year.
Civil Engineer John Elfret Watkins, Jr. in the well-known article "What can happen in the next hundred years," published in the Ladies Home Journal, quite rightly predicted that cars would be cheaper horses, the houses would be hot and cold air if necessary, the chambers would allow To see what is happening on the other side of the globe.



At the same time, he missed out on free state sports halls, medical drugs for point application and complete elimination of flies and mosquitoes.



In some ways, Watkins was only partially right: for example, he believed that a worldwide air service would be carried out using airships.



The 1910s.
Forecasts become a little more accurate: electric trains, motorcycles, helicopters, film screenings.
At the same time - automatic tailors and hairdressers, as well as heating of homes using radium.



Footwear on rollers.

The 1930s.
This prediction about the fashion of the future (see the video) is made as a joke. The authors believed that the emphasis would shift from aesthetics to technological innovation. For example, the style of dresses can be changed on the move, aluminum fabric can control the temperature. One of the predictors believed that skirts and dresses would completely disappear, giving way to trousers. Ironically, it was almost possible to guess that men would carry telephones and radios attached to their clothes.




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