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"Titles in general tend to narrow the focus of viewers. When I create a title, my goal is to send viewers' attention on a "detour", sort of asking them to look at it from another side, without directing them straight to one point."
Andrei Rabodzeenko

American Contemporary Painter American Contemporary Painter

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Andrei Rabodzeenko - Artist Information

Andrei Rabodzeenko was born in 1961, Kirgizia, USSR and now lives in the United States of America.

Artist Education
1985 Mukhina School of Design, Leningrad, USSR.
Specialization: Interior Design, Architecture of Small Structures.
1980 Art Academy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, USSR.
Specialization: Painting, Teacher of Drafting and Drawing.

Selected Exhibitions

2005 "Wall to Wall: A Survey of Current Regional Sculpture", an invitational show, Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield, MI
2004 Solo show of oil paintings, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, UK.
"Sculpture in the Gardens 2004" at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, OH
2003 "Not Just Another Pretty Face", group show of commissioned art, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Tenth Year Exhibit, group show, 20 North Gallery, Toledo, OH.
Ann Arbor Art Showcase, four-person show, The Art Warehouse, Ann Arbor, MI
2002 “Let’s face this”, one-man show of oils on canvas, 20 North Gallery, Toledo, OH.
“Background, an art show of four somehow Ukrainian artists”, The Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL.
2001 “Bratwurst”, group show of Chicago artists, Philadelphia, PA.
2000 Group show, The Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL.

Artist Statement
My paintings don’t express concrete situations. They are an attempt to connect with the unreachable, subtle side of being, something that is beyond a verbal vocabulary. When the connection happens I express it through colors, lines and images. This expression may be described as a careful preservation of a spiritual state. Explaining such painting is an unnecessary challenge. My titles are the answer to this challenge, more like a paying respect to a tradition with a twist of irony, humor or sarcasm. That’s why they sound absurd. But they serve the purpose – to throw the viewer away from the concrete perception of the painting, to create an empty space where the subtle will have a chance to be born. My viewers have to be relaxed in terms of not seeking for an immediate answer. The subtle can’t be born and can’t survive in the reality of concrete questions and immediate answers.
We have enough rush and concreteness in our everyday life. So don’t rush and ask me what this or that painting means. I probably will diligently try to explain, but my verbal explanation will not give the whole spectrum of feelings already expressed on the canvas, perhaps it will do the opposite - to steer you away from the truth. To ask for the immediate answer from the piece of art is a steal.

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