Vitaly Didenko (Turkmenistan)

I believe that a considerable part of my understanding of the value of art lays in my primary art education. I guess I am an artist from birth (a bit of a natural :)  thanks to my artistic heritage after my father. See me as the one with a classic heir to the Russian school of painting which in turn has its roots in Western Europe.
I graduated from Academy of arts in Turkmenistan, specialised in ceramics. Besides my primary degree, I studied design at the art institute and did a year at architecture academy in Novosibirsk, Russia. Given that I come from a family of artists, education is what I chase since my birth. Sometimes it is very tiring, but training maximises artist's possibilities to realise creative ideas.
Nevertheless, I was born and raised in the Central Asia region, which has always dominated decorative art forms and I was fortunate to learn the techniques of pottery and carpet weaving from early on.
All the above naturally shaped and contributed significantly to help me in my work.
I really hope that I have a recognisable style but seriously speaking, I cannot draw or paint in one specific style. That did upset me till I was about 25, but now I understand that it is an advantage that I have - I can do different things, and I don’t care about art gallerists and critics who might rebuke me for not having a personal style and shall, therefore, refuse to exhibit my artwork. I am drawn to emotional figurative technique with subtle signs of social-realism. My secondary direction is to experiment with materials, silicon, wood, textiles and so on. Here I try to work with abstract shapes, colours and light.
As for inspiration, it is a very separate issue requiring a considerable effort to at all describe it, but if you talk about it in a nutshell, the subject of inspiration is very ambiguous and contradictory. Much in my case due to both the modern ideas in the society contrasting with examples from the history of past centuries. And no matter how cliche my words may come across, obviously love plays a significant role in my creative life, as well as its absence.
All in all, I would say that inspiration is not a form and it does not exist in the way people, who are not involved in art, portray. Only daily hard work brings good results. You have to live and breathe every composition, every brushstroke and every idea and only then the work of your brain and hands can create a masterpiece.
Next, to it, I have always been inspired by the simplest things if you will. Scents or news on TV. Snow or the hand of a loved one in my hair. Those standing in front of a cafe or success of one of our colleagues. The sound of music or a night in the windows of the houses opposite.
The list is always endless.
Hope you'll see it back in my pieces and better yet you'll even get to enjoy them.

Education

1990-1992: Design school of Ashgabat
1992-1994: Art College, Ashgabat.
1995-2001: State Artists Academy of Turkmenistan
1996-1997: Student year abroad at Novosibirsk State Architecture Academy, Russia.
2004: Entered the Artists Union of Turkmenistan.


Solo Exhibitions


1995: Theater of Opera and Ballet ‘Makhtumkuli’, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
1996: The State Arts Museum of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
1999: The State Arts Museum of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
1999: Ceramics at Open Space, Ukrainian Embassy, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2001: Studio Juma, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2002: National Museum of Arts, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2003: Studio Juma, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2004: Business Center, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2004: Studio Juma, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2005: Ministry of Culture and Broadcasting Exhibition Hall, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2005: Studio Juma. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2006: Business Center, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2006: Ministry of Culture and Broadcasting Exhibition Hall, Ashgabat Turkmenistan.
2006: Studio Juma, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2007: Ministry of Culture and Broadcasting Exhibition Hall, Ashgabat Turkmenistan.
2007: Studio Juma, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2008: American Embassy, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2008: French Embassy, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2009: National Museum of Arts, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2009: Gallery ArtPlace88. Bern, Switzerland.
2010: American Embassy, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2010: Art 1 studio, Singapore, Singapore.
2011: Studio Juma, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
­2011: Art 1 studio, Singapore, Singapore.
2011: Ministry of Culture and Broadcasting Exhibition Hall, Ashgabat Turkmenistan.
2012: Ministry of Culture and Broadcasting Exhibition Hall, Ashgabat Turkmenistan.
2012: The Gallery Vera Art International, Singapore, Singapore.
2016: Vernissage at Pop-Up Store, Bern, Switzerland.
2016: The Kulturpunkt Exhibition Hall, Bern, Switzerland.


Group Exhibitions


1997: Novosibirsk Regional Museum, ‘Art and Shock’, Novosibirsk, Russia.
1998: Ministry of Culture and Broadcasting Exhibition Hall, competition sponsored by United Nations
Organization; ‘50th anniversary of Declaration of Human Rights’, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Awarded 2nd Prize
1998: Meshed Academy, Students Exhibition, Tehran, Iran.
2003: Wimple Hall ‘Exhibition of Turkmen Painters’, Harrogate, UK.
2004: Central Exhibition Hall of Turkmenistan, ‘Spring Exhibition’, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
2004: Central House of Painters, ‘Saloon 04’, Moscow, Russia.
2004: Swan Mead Gallery, ‘Works on paper from Turkmenistan’, London, UK.
2004: Museum Umau, Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan.
2004: Central Asian Arts Academy, Bishkek, Kirgizstan.
2005: 3rd International Biennale of Moslem Countries, Meshed, Iran.
2005: Central House of Painters, ‘Saloon 05’, Moscow, Russia.
2005: Festival UNESCO, ‘Cultural diversity and dialogue in Central Asia’, Paris, France.
2005: Mercer Art Gallery, ‘Exhibition of Turkmen painters’, Harrogate, UK.
2006: Central House of Painters, ‘Saloon 06’, Moscow, Russia.
2006: 4th International Biennale of Moslem Countries, Meshed, Iran.
2007: Shish, Central Asian Arts Association Exhibition, London, UK
2007: Central House of Painters, ‘Saloon 07’, Moscow, Russia.
2007: Asia House, ‘Beyond the Caspian Sea’, London, UK.
2007: Mercer Art Gallery, ‘Beyond the Caspian Sea’, Harrogate, UK.
2008: European Banks for Reconstruction and Development, Central Asian Arts Association Exhibition, London, UK
2008: Central House of Painters, ‘Saloon 08’, Moscow, Russia.
2009: Yanggallery, ‘Journey to China, Russia & Singapore, Singapore.
2009: Ministry of Culture and Broadcasting Exhibition Hall, Project Chitim. Austria – Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
2009: Russian Cultural Center, ‘Exhibition of Turkmen Painters’, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

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