ART WITH NO RULES
A Mythical Journey through the Paintings
of Reghina Gunzurevscaia
As an artist i believe that art has no limitations, no rules, no musts, no maybes, no borders, no discrimination, no age, no country, not to die for or to kill for, no politicians, no lies, no truth, no white, no black.… But it has something that represents freedom, an unlimited imagination and a magical journey to any place you wish to travel.
When I was growing up in the Soviet Union, I was observing people and I could see their fears and their uncertainty, so I started to express all the emotions that I have seen and felt through my paintings.
I saw people hiding their emotions and their fear was like a big grey cloud surrounding all of us. This environment forced me to turn inward. Then I discovered that I could transform all of my thoughts and emotions into my art. The more I looked inward, the more intricate my life became. I started painting birds and planets which symbolized freedom and movement. Through my paintings I want to give the same freedom to the people around me.
The photo above was taken on an actual bed in the abandoned mountain village of Skados in Naxos, Greece. “Metamorphosis on Earth” represents the chronology of the earth since the beginning of time. A great mythology which depicts unusual figures connected with all life forms, a beauty of nature, an evolutionary existence of time and space, a mother and a child.
Life is just an intriguing fairytale of magical moments....
I am currently living in the beautiful and historic Greek island of Naxos, the largest of the Cycladic islands. Naxos has many abandoned places like the village of Skados, castles and other mountain locations that provide abundant artistic inspiration. My painting shown here is “Asteres Planetai” which represents the time of the medieval world. It projects a benign hegemony of the galaxy with its elements of astronomic design.
This photo was taken in among the ruins of an old Venetian castle that was used to rule Naxos in the Middle Ages. It captures me with two of my favorite creations. “Sea Goddess” on the left reflects the movement of the ocean and the dreamy underwater domain that embrace our souls with calmness of the Sea Goddess who travels with us into her mystical world. On the right is “Metamorphosis” which represents a great symbolism of the regeneration of life, a human spirit and its ability to endure. Thoughts of human beings that never became reality and are buried forever.
Give life to your dreams!!!
My most recent painting, done with my characteristic ink and ink pen (in which i hide symbols and words), is called “New World.”
This is a great symbolism of our planet with its two sides like human souls. The intense and colorful side is the one which transfers the viewer to another side of skepticism, complexity and invisibly omnipresent shadows. Its two eyes, the clock and its sound are the only present existence. Humans connected with the reflection of the unending passage to the parallel planets and the illusion leading to an unlimited existence in the finite world. Nearby stars and planets cast their watching reflection upon the Earth whose inhabitants are poised to fly away like a butterfly seeking a new, unknowable existence in another level of the stratosphere. It is a “New World.”
The reason that i like to paint in front of people is because at that moment we are becoming children….
Most of time I paint in front of people. I am painting only through a complete observation toward human emotions, there is no “Ego” but only metaphors and meaningful hidden words, numbers and symbols. Art is colorful, meaningful and magical. And the point is to discover through the colors, shapes and figures what is your life’s journey about. I have often seen people smile and cry in the same few moments because art unlocks those feelings which are the essence of our unique humanity.
Some of the amazing places I have painted in front of people are in a Castle in Naxos in which I represented as well a short art movie I have made in Berlin during my studies as filmmaker entitled “A Soul of a Flying Bird.” I have painted at the historic Sacré-Cœur in Paris where so many of the world’s most famous artists created their famous works, at the very unique Mauer Park in Berlin and on the stunning Zen beach of Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand. Each of these experiences has greatly enhanced my appreciation of nature and the world around me.
I am a living artist. My life reflects my art and my art reflects my life. There is no border or wall between life and art.
“Easter Island Bird”
There is no yesterday and no tomorrow, but only “now”. Enjoy the moment of it and you will see and feel the magic ....
Happiness, sadness, love, metamorphosis, evolution and freedom are unique elements of human emotions. Coexistence of Art and Human and the evolutionary existence of time and space.
We all want to be free as a soul of a flying bird.