REWRITE REALITY exhibition artist | Victor Cuzmenco

Victor Cuzmenco refers to his art as Ontologic Painting, which comprises the idea of fundamental philosophical questions studied by ontology. Through his art for the last thirty years, he has explored “being” rather than simply existing. Victor visualizes such broad categories as space, time, structure, movement, spiritual states, and interactions among them.

Cockiness 1, mixed media, earth, sand, clay, shell limestone, oil, acrylic, spray paint, bronze powder on canvas, 160х120х5сm, 2020
Cockiness 2, mixed media, earth, sand, clay, shell limestone, oil, acrylic, spray paint, bronze powder on canvas, 160х120х5сm, 2020

Ontologic Painting is characterized by three main principles. It depicts simple geometrical shapes like lines, squares, circles, irregular forms associated with essential and generalized categories. Victor abundantly uses such mixed media as sand, earth, clay, grated shell limestone, wood calling them primary ontologic substances taken directly from nature. He also applies oil and acrylic paints with thick impasto to emphasize their viscosity, fluidity and texture creating the impression of 3D paintings on flat canvases. Victor applies mainly primary colors in vivid and contrast spots. The combinations of monochromatic tones and vibrant colors bring various associations, from confrontation to dialogue.

Diffusion of Realms, mixed media, ground, sand, clay, shell limestone, spray paint, bronze powder, wood, oil, acrylic on canvas, 80x80x7cm, 2020
Moon Tamed by Human, mixed media, sand, clay, shell limestone, wood, spray paint, gold leaf, plastic, oil, acrylic, spray paint, bronze powder on canvas, 140х140х9сm, 2020

Victor embodies his ideas by means of abstract and sometimes symbolic shapes referred as Perceptual Objects. Created compositions have a broad sense e.g., the images of opposition, overcoming, process and the like are perceived in general as categories of being. Even real life objects refer to metaphorical meanings open for multiple interpretations. One can see either macro world of infinitely large universes micro world of cells, atoms, and microelements. The artworks may show imaginary parallel worlds and blended realms interacting with one another.
Just as eternal philosophical questions have no one definite answer, ontologic paintings have no definite plot or narrative. They are free from material perception, which moves viewers away from every day routine focusing on spiritual sensations and experiences.

Victor finds inspiration in scientific breakthroughs, hidden philosophic thoughts, technologies and new discoveries. An artwork idea may come out of the blue, quite often from a fleeting impression.

Moon Tamed by Human 2, mixed media, earth, sand, clay, shell limestone, wood, spray paint, gold leaf, plastic, oil, acrylic, spray paint, bronze powder on canvas, 140х140х9сm, 2020
Quantum Landscape, mixed media, earth, sand, clay, shell limestone, wood, gold leaf, oil, acrylic, spray paint, bronze powder on canvas, 140х140х9сm, 2020

Victor Cuzmenco was born in 1948 in Divizia settlement, Odessa region, Ukraine. He graduated from Moscow State Institute of Fine Arts named after V. Surikov in 1974. Victor Cuzmenco exhibited his works in more than 250 Moldovan and international exhibitions and art shows. His paintings are in the funds of National Art Museum of Moldova, CIS museums, the funds of Russian Ministry of Culture, private collections in USA, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey, Israel, Singapore, Russia and Ukraine. His personal shows were held in Moldova (2016–2018, 2000, 1994, 1991), Korbiens Galerie — Frankfurt, Germany (1993), the Central House of Artists, Moscow (1991). The artist was awarded the Diploma of Moldovan Artists Union “for the best coverage of creative theme”; his art was also included in Art Encyclopedia of Moldova.

Victor’s artworks were exhibited at such group shows as VIII and IX International Exhibitions in Lion Cultural Centre, France (2002, 2003), the exhibition of Moldovan avant-guard artists in Dusseldorf, Germany (1996), «Art-Myth-93» in the Central House of Artists, Moscow (1993), group exhibition at Uppsala Contemporary Art Museum, Sweden (1992), the Exhibition of creative group “Fantom” in Ismail, Ukraine (1990), the exhibition of Moldovan artists in Aachen, Germany (1990), group exhibition in “Art Base” gallery, Singapore (1989).

Victor Cuzmenco exhibited his artworks at over 200 expositions in Moldova and internationally. In 2019 he was awarded the Prize of Art and Culture Center — Bacau, Romania.

In 2020 Victor’s artworks were included in more than 10 group exhibitions of online galleries and published at art magazines in USA, Canada, UK, and Italy. The selected paintings became award-winning and gained Special Merit and Honorable Mention.

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