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Vladimir Davidenko

I was born in 1961 in Kiev, which I find a rather appropriate place for one’s childhood. There I grew up surrounded by the sunbeams and the chestnut trees’ shadows. A slave to beauty and pleasure I’ve decided to become an artist. And here I am – a producer of illusions, a hypocrite, an imitator. Following the Sun, I’ve found myself traveling westbound. Now I spend a wonderful time in glorious New York City, which I find a rather appropriate place for one’s maturity.
Educated as an industrial designer, I’ve drifted through different trades of visual art: fine arts, puppet animation, book illustration, graphic design, photography, and interior design. Among my completed projects:
– 9 puppet animation movies for Kievnauchfilm Studios, as a decorator (including The Tale of a Wonderful Doctor, Vanka Zhukov, and The Man In a Case);
– 9 illustrated books (including photo illustrations for 38 Poems About New York And Something Else and Winter Letters by Vasyl Makhno, and cover photo for Amerika, or The Man Who Disappeared by Franz Kafka);
– a number of posters (including God’s Comic for La Mama Theatre);
– and numerous paintings, trompe l’oeils, murals, and drawings, indeed. I’ve participated in 5 group exhibitions in New York City (the most recent of which was 3 Points Define a Surface at BAC Gallery), and one personal exhibition (The Looted Future at Shevchenko Scientific Society).
In addition I’ve written a number of culturological essays about New York City for various American-Russian periodicals (“VSE”, “Metro”, “PO”), and my poetry has appeared in “Kreschatik”, an international magazine of contemporary literature. My most recent essay Reading the Yellow Book: post-hypnotic (on Aubrey Beardsley, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Evelyn Waugh) was published in Russian-Hebrew literary periodical “Dvoetochie”.

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