OCA PEOPLE: ALEXEY SIDORENKO

Alexey was born in Ukraine. He started drawing at school. He loves to draw nature, sky, water … He studied at the Kharkov cultural and educational school in the direction of folk instruments. In Kharkov, he worked in amateur music performances. Seriously began to draw after serving in the Army, he took painting courses.

He was engaged in woodcarving, manufacturing of paid furniture, chasing, mosaics. Participated in competitions of painters of the Belgorod region, Kharkov. He decorated 2 schools, a dozen cafes, walls of his house, public transport stops in the Gayvoronsky district with his paintings, and restored the city’s monuments.

In Grayvoron he’s a member of the Graivoron folk pop brass band.

OCA: Tell us about yourself and your creative activity/work
AS: I was born in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1952, on March 30. I started drawing at school. I always deeply loved to paint nature, sky, water … Seriously, I started drawing after serving in the Army, I took painting courses. Since then my brush and paints have always stayed besides me.

I’m constantly engaged in wood carving, embossing, mosaic, but painting is always my passion. My dream of a lifetime was to create a home similar to the Tretyakov Gallery, so I began to copy the style of famous Russian artists: Shishkin, Savrasov, Kuindzhi, Repin, Shcherbakov and many others. Now in my collection there are more than 40 works. I was always fascinated by the mood of the work, penetrating into my soul, I feel like I’m in another world, that I live in it, breathe in it, smell the herbs, admire the dancing lights…

OCA: What style do you paint in? What influenced your style?
AS: I paint in the style of classical Russian painting. What influenced my choice was that I come from a simple family and often went to my grandmother in the village. In the mornings I drank fresh milk, went barefoot on warm land, I walked about, picking up mushrooms in the forest, and went fishing. All these memories of childhood left a wonderful feeling, a love of nature and a simple way of life that will never be lost in my memory.

OCA: Who are your favorite artists?
AS: Favorite Russian artists: Shishkin, Savrasov, Kuindzhi, Repin, Levitan, Shcherbakov. From Europe, I love Claude Monet and Van Gogh. The works of these artists are present in my “Home Tretyakov Gallery”

OCA: What is your favorite piece of art and why?
AS: My favorite work I would say is “the Moscow courtyard” by Polenov. I see this artwork filled with the sun, the warmth of the house and gentle sadness. It contains the whole gamut of moods. Very homely painting.

OCA: Have you taken part in the events of the Eurasian Creative Guild (London)?
AS: Until recently , I did not participate in the activities of the Eurasian Creative Guild, but this is only because of a recent acquaintance with the activities of the Guild. I have a lot of great things planned ahead!

OCA: What is “Eurasianism” for you?
AS: “Eurasianism” for me are the open doors to the world of European and Asian authors, acquaintance with new techniques, styles and directions of art

OCA: What does the Eurasian Creative Guild mean to you, and how has it influenced your creativity?
AS: For me the Eurasian Creative Guild is a new discovery, I understood that there is a force in the world aimed at uniting talented creative people, it’s wonderful, we are together, without borders.

OCA: In which projects / exhibitions do you plan to participate in the future?
AS: I’m ready to participate in any projects, exhibitions and events. I want to please the audience with my paintings where I express my soul.

OCA: What would you advise for people who’re just starting their journey of creativity?
AS: For beginner artists, I advise you to learn from great masters, not just Russians. There are many artists from whom you can learn to know the beauty and grandeur of nature (I mean landscapes). Look at the world with wide eyes, love nature, be surprised, do not offend it and it will return you a hundred times back.

OCA: How do you generally feel about art in the countries of Eurasia?
AS: I have a good attitude to any kind of art and not only in the countries of Eurasia. After all, painting, music, theater, cinema has no boundaries, art enters every house without visas and passports and lives in our hearts and souls. It makes us happy, sad, hurts us and inspires us.