American Contemporary Painter
Rabodzeenko - Artist Information
Andrei Rabodzeenko was born in 1961, Kirgizia,
USSR and now lives in the United States
1985 Mukhina School of Design, Leningrad,
Specialization: Interior Design, Architecture
of Small Structures.
1980 Art Academy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan,
Specialization: Painting, Teacher of Drafting
2005 "Wall to Wall: A Survey of Current
Regional Sculpture", an invitational
show, Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield,
2004 Solo show of oil paintings, Emmanuel
College, Cambridge University, UK.
"Sculpture in the Gardens 2004"
at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore,
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 Lets 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,
My paintings dont 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.
Thats 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 cant be born
and cant survive in the reality
of concrete questions and immediate answers.
We have enough rush and concreteness in
our everyday life. So dont 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.