Meeting with the artist Yury Katchan: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Artworks are available for sale
Yuri Katchan was born in Minsk, Belarus. He resides in Houston with his wife Rita and has a daughter who lives in New York. Yuri is an engineer by trade but an artist at heart. Art is his passion and has always been a part of him: he made puppets for theatre in school, shoes in college, and even toys for his daughter when she was growing up.
The art represented in this exhibition showcases different mediums of his works – paintings, sculptures, and a mixed medium technique incorporating all of his favorite elements. He enjoys working with copper and utilizes orange as the main color in his pieces. “Rhapsody in Orange” showcases the artist’s ability to find something alluring in the commonplace, as in his piece “Alarm Clock”, which features a bell alarm clock framed by wood, copper, and leather.
Yuri’s unique hobby also features in this exhibition. Aside from art, this exhibition includes pieces from the artist’s shoehorn collection. He uses all kinds of sources to add to the collection – eBay, shoe stores around the world during his travels, antique and flea markets. Yuri jokes, “I’ve also made it easy for my friends when they are considering a gift for me – shoehorns never fail!”
Meeting with the artist Olga Porter: Friday, July 3, 6:00p.m.
All artworks are available for sale
Oleg Zakomorny is a well-known Russian artist and sculptor. He lives and works in Moscow. Oleg is a member of Moscow Union of Artists and of Creative Union of Artists since 1996. Oleg regularly participates in exhibitions in Russia and abroad. His works of art are placed in museums and galleries and in private collections in Russia and overseas. At this exhibit we present Oleg’s graphics.
The Russian-born artist Olga Porter works in traditional medium of oil on linen to capture the uniqueness of a moment. Porter has exhibited in Arizona, Oregon and Texas, including Texas Biennial 2009, ALH Celebration of Texas Art 2010, Hunting Art Prize show 2010 and 2011, and Best of Texas 2011. Her works have been featured in American Art Collector Magazine, Austin monthly, Art Ltd, and other publications.
Nudes by Olga Porter are young nude women painted from life. Each painting took only 2 to 5 hours to create. All the models are local to Houston. The series celebrates the mystery of youth and the power of life.
Tatsiana Saleh is from Minsk, Belarus. She is art-and-craft professional and art teacher. Tatsiana works in silk, acrylic and oil painting techniques. She started creating stained-glass artworks in 2013. Her works are kept in galleries and private collections in the United States, Europe, Russia and Belarus.
Opening Reception and meeting with the artist: Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Kazimir Malevich’s “Black Square” and introduction to Suprematism. Tom R. Chambers (Houston, Texas) and Max Semakov (Moscow, Russia) come together at the Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” to pay tribute with interpretations of “Black Square” and explorations of other Suprematist forms.
Chambers and Semakov move their works towards Neo-Suprematism that have similarities in method or intent to earlier Suprematist works, but with digital/new media treatment that results in the hybridization of the non-objective form.
Tom Chambers is a documentary photographer/artist, curator, and educator. He has over eighty exhibitions off- and on-line, to his credit. Tom has organized seminars, workshops and exhibitions in digital and media art in the United States, China and Zimbabwe. He is founder of exhibition space Digital Art Online (DAO). The project “My Dear Malevich” by Tom Chambers has received international acclaim.
Max Semakov is a photographer/producer and co-founder of the MiMs Art Group. He is currently involved with the project, “Universe of Malevich” and plans for “Suprematist Park” in Moscow, Russia. The park will represent a space formed with big Neo-suprematist constructions, known as “Architectons”. The shape of the “Architecton” will allow itself to be used as a large bench for reading and having conversations or to be used as a table for laptops, etc. The park will also have a summer cinema hall and a Supermatist pavilion.
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Wine will be served
Once again, we present artworks by contemporary artist Valentina Kisseleva. Her prior exhibitions at our center: “Midsummer Dream” and “Romantic Posters of Brezhnev Era”, the latest accompanied by collection of postcards of the same period, have been a great success.
This time we showcase the unique collection of hand-painted versions of postcards that dedicated to the Christmas and New Year Holidays. Commissioned in the former USSR, these state/house-published postcards were originally created by Kisseleva in the 1970’s and published or reprinted into thousands of copies for state-wide distribution. Nevertheless, each one of them is artwork in itself. They are magic and colorful, and with elements of fairy tales.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served
Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” plans to debut a new exhibition of illustrations by artist, Igor Karash, for the reprint of War & Peace by the renowned Folio Society of London. A unique exhibit, in that it provides an entirely new perspective into the masterpiece novel by Leo Tolstoy. Admission is always free and wine will be served at the premiere.
Karash, a designer, illustrator, and set designer originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, now resides in Saint Louis, Missouri. In the past, he has worked with major book publishers, as well as small, independent theatre companies in Russia, the United States, and abroad. Along with an array of other awards, he was also named the winner of the 2012 Book Illustration Competition organized by The House of Illustration and the world-famous, British publishing house, The Folio Society in London.
Holiday Sale! 25% off – originals 15% off – prints
Additional discounts with the purchase of several pieces.
Opening Reception: Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served
In a continuation of their current exhibit of Posters of the Gorbachev Era: The Sunset of Soviet Power, The Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” CaviArt Gallery, presents Romantic Posters of the Brezhnev Era, a unique collection of hand-painted versions of Soviet posters from a time of great stagnation by local Houston artist, Valentina Kisseleva, a contemporary artist and painter whose genius stands at the intersection of realism and cubism.
Commissioned in the former USSR, these State/House-published posters were originally created by Kisseleva in the 1970’s for various radio and television stations, murals, and even the USSR itself. Some of the individual works were published or reprinted into thousands of copies for State distribution. Kisseleva’s works subtly express mood and imagery, distinguishing themselves by their integrity and clear composition and reflect the emotionalism and energy with which she perceives the world around her.
Born in the little city of Pustoshka, Russia, Kisseleva went on to achieve recognition in the Artists’ Union of Fine Painting and the Graphic Designers’ Union; some of the most prestigious artist unions in the former USSR. Kisseleva graduated in 1977 from the Belorussian State Art University In Minsk where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in graphic design and fine arts while participating in regional and national exhibitions with works juried by her peers and published at professional level. Her works can be found in private collections across Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Litvania, Bolivia, Kuwait, Venezuela, the United States, and more.
The Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” , presents a classic collection of handmade jewelry with an elegantly modern twist by local Houston artist, Vika Filippov. Traceable to her Russian heritage, Vika’s signature style is marked by lively color arrangements and unusual settings by combining recycled metals with natural semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals. Despite every Vika Live piece being a one-of-a-kind, one of her pieces sells regularly and has become a staple in her repertoire.
“As an artist, I am intrigued by combination colors, textures, and forms found in nature,” Vika says on her website. Inspired by the allure of European fashion and earthy flair of colorful semiprecious stones, pieces by Vika Live make a fashionable statement for any occasion.