Russian artist Igor Melnikov is one of the top artists to emerge from the post-Soviet Russian art world. Unlike more opportunistic Russian artists who sought to make artwork that would appeal to the Western art collector, Melnikov has always remained true to his intimate belief in art as a spiritual practice.
Melnikov grew up fairly isolated in Siberia, where his mother was a scientist. His own childhood was spent largely in isolation, so he views the inner world of the child as the most pure vessel of humanity.
Contrary to what appears to be figurative painting at first glance, Melnikov views his own work as conceptual art. He presents the pure human vessel, in the form of the expressionless, innocent child; allowing the viewer to fill that vessel with meaning as they ponder the work.
Opening Reception Friday, November 17, 2017 from 5 to 7pm
[n.b. that this event takes place in Santa Fe]