Ryhor Sitnitsa. Graphic and painting
09.11 - 09.12.2018

Ryhor Sitnitsa – Belarusian graphic artist, poet. Winner of the literary award “Polymya” (2001). Winner of the literary prize “Golden Apostrophe” (2007). Winner of the Republican Biennale of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture (2008, 2010, 2013). Awarded the Francysk Skaryna Medal (2012). Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (2015). Winner of the National Award in the Field of Fine Art (2017).

Belarusian graphic artist Ryhor Sitnitsa was born on January 1, 1958 in the village of Kurycićy, Petrykaŭski District, Homieĺ Region, into a peasant family of Siamion and Nadezhda Sitnitsa. After graduating from the sixth grade of secondary school in his homeland, upon the recommendation of his teacher Ivan Malinouski he was transferred to study in Minsk at the Republican Boarding School of Fine Arts named after Ivan Akhremchik, (graduated in 1976). Then he entered the Department of Graphics of the Belarusian Theater and Art Institute, (graduated in 1982). He studied under Vasil Sharangovich.

Since 1980, he participated in republican, foreign and international exhibitions and literary events. From 1983 to 2008 he worked as a teacher at the Republican College of Art and at the Belarusian Academy of Arts. Ryhor Sitnitsa is known as a poet and publicist, his works were published in Belarusian “Polymya” and “Dzejaslou”, and in foreign editions.

The artist's creativity is characterized by combination of principles of Suprematism and Constructivism in composition, hyper-realistic interpretation of form, and symbolism of the artistic language. The artist’s style assigns the objects depicted in his works meaning of symbols and signs and brings them to the line, where realistic form acquires features of an abstract image. He shows the reality in a fragmentary manner and at the same time removes it from the usual spatial continuum.

The artist uses figurative composition to build the sacred creative space, thus expanding the boundaries of realism in two directions. First, he creates autonomous documentary forms, and then he builds up a new repertoire of forms independent of those given by nature, turns them into his own formulas, into artistic and historical documentation.

Favorite motifs of Ryhor Sitnitsa include significant artifacts of the Belarusian material culture, architectural monuments, for example, but also houses from rough timber, chopped firewood, picket fence in winter, etc. In these documentary works, he sees an opportunity to preserve the national cultural heritage for future generations, thereby protecting it. However, the artist does not make a mere reflection of reality, but rather seeks to express what he has seen with the inner gaze, for his art turns to spiritual vision, and not to the sense of sight.

The central place in the work of Ryhor Sitnitsa, the unique master of magical realism, belongs to the spiritual transformation of the artist's impressions and self analysis into the figurative symbolic reality. Creativity of the artist concentrates around this incarnation of spiritual representation in an image where graphic and pictorial works reach the level of sublime, poetic. And thus begins the dialogue of Ryhor Sitnitsa’s art with the viewer.

His artworks are presented atNational Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus; Collection of the Belarusian Union of Artists; National Centre for Contermporary Arts (Minsk); Maksim Bagdanovich State Literary Museum; Janka Kupala State Literary Museum; State Museum of the Great Patriotic War; Pavel Maslenikaw State Art Museum (Mahilioŭ); Polack Art Gallery; State Historical and Cultural Reserve “Zaslauĺ”; Museum of Belarusian Culture in Hajnówka (Poland); Municipal Art Center in Bielsko-Biała (Poland); Municipal Cultural Center in Dąbrowa-Białostocka (Poland); Andrej Smolak Gallery (Snina, Bratislava, Slovakia); Collection of the Union of Artists of Poland (Koszalin, Poland); Yelabuga State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve (Russia); Franz Sahles Gril Gallery (Germany); Art collection of the Ministry of the Aegean Sea Ecology (Athens, Greece); Art collection of the St. George Monastery on Casos island (Greece); Art collection of the Union of Writers of Lithuania; Art collection of the St. Peter and St Paul’s Cathedral (Minsk); Private collections in many countries of the world



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