Featured Artist Ivan Lebedev

Russian-born artist Ivan Lebedev uses photography to make connections by sharing his visual interpretation and restructuring chaos. See more of his work by visiting his website.

 

"Multidimensional Thinker" Photography and Mixed Media, 18" x 24" by artist Ivan Lebedev. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Multidimensional Thinker” Photography and Mixed Media, 18″ x 24″

 

I was born fifty-eight years ago in Yaroslavl, an ancient city not far from Moscow, Russia.

 

"Attempt to Selfie #2" Photography and Mixed Media, 22" x 28" by artist Ivan Lebedev. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Attempt to Selfie #2″ Photography and Mixed Media, 22″ x 28”

 

I currently live in two places, but I spend more time in New Haven, Connecticut, then in Moscow. In 1993, I received a PhD as a psychiatrist, but I have been involved in photographic arts for more than thirty-five years, which has significant personal meaning for me.

 

"Attempt to Selfie #4" Photography and Mixed Media, 22" x 28" by artist Ivan Lebedev. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Attempt to Selfie #4″ Photography and Mixed Media, 22″ x 28”

 

I’ve been practicing photography since I was eight years old. As a youth, I was fascinated with manipulating and transforming images. There were two technological breakthroughs that greatly affected my art—the first was personal computers with graphic processors in the early nineties. This impressed me so much that I quit my photography experiments. The second breakthrough was the development of digital photography. This is when I began using mixed media with my photography.

 

"Dangerous Dick Tracy Style Jaunt" Photography and Mixed Media, 30" x 20" by artist Ivan Lebedev. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dangerous Dick Tracy Style Jaunt” Photography and Mixed Media, 30″ x 20″

 

For the last few years, I have found inspiration in the manipulation of vintage photos. I make them into pieces of art by putting them in contemporary and even unperceived and unconsciousness contexts. Sometimes I do nothing, or just a minimal amount of work, such as enlarging the photos and printing them on various materials like aluminum foil or other unusual surfaces.

 

"Like Us on Facebook" Digital, 60" x 60" by artist Ivan Lebedev. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Like Us on Facebook” Digital, 60″ x 60″

 

Currently, I am working on creating portraits of strange people in a strange way by applying different techniques. The ultimate art adventure for me is to create portraits of dolls and almost invisible, unknown people, like the old vintage photographs in which the figures appear partially obliterated.

 

"Portrait of Unknown Person" Digital, 22" x 28" by artist Ivan Lebedev. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Portrait of Unknown Person” Digital, 22″ x 28″

 

It’s hard to explain what I do; it is easier to see my work for an explanation.

 

"Nine Portraits of My Self-Made Doll" Photo on Aluminum, 22" x 22" by artist Ivan Lebedev. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Nine Portraits of My Self-Made Doll” Photo on Aluminum, 22″ x 22″

 

“Nine Portraits of My Self-Made Doll,” for example, appears to be straightforward and simple, but for me it`s quite provocative—it represents the end of human portraiture, similar to how the “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevich changed the ideas of representational painting. The homemade doll with its simple face is changing under the effects of the different amount of light in each square. The emotion in her face is changing too. Originally, I made this doll with the idea of taking only one picture to be used as an illustration for an art book, but I ended up doing little bit more.

 

"Sixteen Elephanties" Photography on Paper, 50" x 50" by artist Ivan Lebedev. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sixteen Elephanties” Photography on Paper, 50″ x 50″

 

This work is in keeping with my other portraits, “Sixteen Elephanties,” “Personal Solution,” “Like Us on a Facebook” and others.

 

"Personal Solution" Photography and Mixed Median on Foil, 64" x 64" by artist Ivan Lebedev. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Personal Solution” Photography and Mixed Median on Foil, 64″ x 64″

 

I have exhibited in galleries in the United States, including three solo exhibitions, and have also illustrated some art books. In 2012-2016 I worked in collaboration with Mikhail Magaril, a New York City based artist. We exhibited together several times as well as published several books, some of which were acquired by the Library of Congress and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

"Are You Ready For Love?" Photography and Mixed Media on Foil, 30" x 20" by artist Ivan Lebedev. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Are You Ready For Love?” Photography and Mixed Media on Foil, 30″ x 20″

 

I believe that the photographic process is a material essence for self-expression, like canvas or marble. It’s one of the easiest ways to arrange the visual chaos around me, articulate the hidden harmony within us and share my feelings with others. Just feelings, not thoughts.

 

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