The interview of our ward by talented artist Alexei Rumyantsev.
My name is Alexei Rumyantsev.
I was born in the city called Murom. Now I live in Moscow, I work as a designer of church furniture for Orthodox churches. In addition, I am professionally engaged in contemporary art. Mostly I work with installations, assemblies, periodically I return to the graphic art and sculpture.
I prefer the man-made production of my works, in which the handicraft component is a form of supplementing and rethinking the conceptual discourse in postdigital art.
In Moscow, I specially came to go to school, because the systematized knowledge of contemporary art was sorely lacking and it prevented full implementation of my own artistic projects. The school allowed to fill these gaps, except for this I got acquainted with the artistic environment of Moscow, I got new friends and acquaintances from this environment. Thanks to this, new ideas, projects and methods of its implementation appeared, since before that I was mainly engaged in graphics.
Such initiatives, when, in fact, there is a full-fledged individual curatorial work on developing creative potential - it is unique, very valuable and very demanded, especially since in schools such an individual approach is rarely practiced (at least that was two years ago).
If we talk about artists who influenced me, I would single out the classics from Anselm Kiefer with his picturesque assemblies and installations, Kurt Schwitters and Robert Mallary, representatives of Dadaism and Neo-Dadaism. From the modern African and Asian artists such as El Anatsui, Ibrahim Mahama, Tiharu Siota, etc. But most of all I am inspired by photographs of the microcosm or the world of people shot from a drones or a satellite with their topology, patterns and fractals.
For the last six months, I have participated very little and exhibited, as I have embodied all the ideas I have learned during my studies and in my creative diary in my personal projects and numerous group exhibitions. So, now I'm looking for inspiration, I'm gaining material for new projects. I think maybe it's worth changing the place of location, living in some foreign art residence and again starting a creative diary!
Therefore, if the Open Culture Foundation continued to support artists even after graduation, it would be very cool, although I understand that it is very difficult in modern realities!