Krasnodar, September 6 – Yug Times. Sergei Vorzhev was born in 1950 in the stanitsa (Cossack village) of Varenikovskaya, Krymsk rayon. Recalling his young years, the artist describes his fellow villagers as daydreamers, even a bit weird people.
“They sort of fell from the stars,” says Vorzhev. “All had a story of their own, a cosmogony of their own. They would make your hair move by telling you fancy stories [about themselves and their neighbourhood].”
So it was no wonder that Sergei began to draw the plots he had heard from his fellow villagers. After secondary school, he entered the Faculty of Graphic Art of the Kuban University, where, as he describes it, he was taught to work constantly and hard.
“We worked as damned,” recalls Sergei. “Our task [at the Art Factory in Krasnodar] was to decorate the exhibitions and demonstrations, which were very common in the Soviet time. There were 500 artists working at the factory, and we all had to work from morning to night. But a few years later I was fed up with the posters and placards, and I resumed painting.”
In the late 1970s, Sergei Vorzhev organized the creative team Contact. Their first activity was a collective exhibition in Krasnodar; then they exhibited in Moscow and countries of the Eastern bloc. The experimental paintings of the young talents from the Kuban region were a success in Yugoslavia and Poland. After the fall of the ‘iron curtain’ Vorzhev’s canvases got into private collections and exhibition halls in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.
Now Sergei Vorzhev plans to present his new works at the personal exhibition to open in Krasnodar on September 15.
“Art is a unique phenomenon,” says Sergei. “If you wouldn’t draw a picture, nobody else would do it in your stead - and this concrete idea would be lost for ever. On the other hand, if you drew a picture and it proved nice, it would remain - all may rot and go to the dogs, but people would keep and guard your oeuvre. And it means that a part of yourself would continue to live and make people happy.”