Marcin Sobolev


Between the influences of local music, folk art, shamanic culture, cultural and personal past, Sobolev develops his own visual language which, in his totemic sculptures and detailed paintings, effortlessly conveys the energy of the places visited. The interplay of image and typographic works, symbol and context, detail and abstraction celebrates the vibrant aesthetics of everyday life in urban Eastern Europe and rural Central Asia and brings forward what is often hidden: an impulsive creativity that produces honest and pure art. Sobolev’s works are a tribute to the talent of the people, to a milieu that successfully opposes socio-economic heteronomy with its own creative will. He appropriates language, symbolism and rules, alienates them and fills them with his own multi-layered meaning, which becomes tangible in the composition of the works.

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