Artist: Andrei Protsouk
Title: Olympic Avenue
Medium: Limited Edition Giclee 15/50
Image Size: 36" X 26"
Biography Andrei Protsouk
Born in Donet’sk, Ukraine in 1961, Andrei was self-motivated to paint and draw from a young age. His parents, Alexander and Anna Protsouk noticed his innate creative ability at the age of 6 when he impressed them with a clay sculpture of an Indian and a cowboy, possibly an early foreshadowing of his future life in the United States. Anna, a master embroider and calligraphy artist and Alexander a professional photographer, recognized Andrei’s talent as being one of exceptional caliber and therefore encouraged him to pursue fine art for the rest of his life.
Andrei was taught under his dream professor at the time, the revered master artist Evsey Moiseenko who was not only famous in Russia but in Europe as well. Moiseenko, who was friends with other masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Robert Rauschenberg, unfortunately passed away upon Andrei’s graduation in 1989. Being one of Moiseenko’s last students, Andrei was heavily influenced by him and was his protégée. Protsouk graduated at the top of his Master’s degree and earned the “Lenin’s Student Stipend” as well as the “Red Diploma,” the most awarded completion for the diploma in Russia at the time. With growing aspiration and encouragement from his peers Andrei enrolled and pursued the academy’s Ph. D program. Andrei constantly gained notoriety at the academy for his exceptional student work. His drawings were constantly being confiscated by the Soviets to be exhibited in the school’s museum for being the school’s most exemplar work; some hang in the academy to this day. Furthermore, for Andrei’s extraordinary technical skill in composition and quality, his professors recommended him to fulfill the school’s commission to put his drawings in a soviet collage text book and in the school’s book on exceptional student work.
Andrei has embedded his use of line into all of his artwork and has coined this technique as “Fine Line.” His straight, constructive use of line embodies his classical training in art in every way. In the academy, Andrei was revered as a master of composition where most artists were limited to only a few elements of composition in their artwork, Protsouk incorporated all of the elements of composition in his. This captivates his audience’s eyes which are drawn to move around his canvases so that every time anyone looks at his art, the unique composition doesn’t make you see his painting the same way twice.
Protsouk, today, has come a long way from soviet Russia. He finds inspiration in his environment in all the modern societal activities which can be seen in his paintings. His peer artist and great friend Gennadii Gogoliuk has even expressed his artwork as “Americana Eroticism,” the celebration of love and life in a free American society and enjoying some of life’s most simple pleasures.
The language in his paintings can be seen as a continuous folly between his inner Russianess and western life. In brief, his various style changes through time depicts his extroverted inner relationship with the continuous adaptation and understanding of western lifestyles. His subject matter is his visual philosophical language that creates his unique relationship with his surroundings. Artists see things differently and evoke beauty in what others may seem as usual, mundane or an everyday occurrence. Not to an artist like Andrei. He sees things through the eyes of a true artist representing the world around