in the Ukraine, Andrei Protsouk graduated from the Lugansk State
School of Fine Art in 1981. He received his Masters degree
in Fine Art from the Repin Academy of Art in St. Petersburg in 1990.
His favored media is oil on linen, with heavy use of gold leaf in
the manner of the revered traditional Russian iconographers.
to the United States in 1994, Andrei found inspiration in his new
experiences as an émigré. All human experience has
connection with exterior objects, says Andrei, and these ordinary
objects become mystical symbols in the hands of the artist. The
transmutation of objects into symbols in Andreis work leads
to an extraordinary artistic representation of human events and
occurrences. The system of images, based on the things and objects
is perfectly reflected by them. All our existence is related with
things, and thats why they grow as genuine symbols of life.
The application of objects
as symbols in his paintings leads to the best reflection of extraordinary
events and occurrences. The natural connection between the senses
and the creatures represented by the images confirms for us the
eternal connection between man and nature. The symbolic language
in Andreis work is often easy to recognize consisting of men,
women, and animals, but it is the juxtaposition, the mixing of the
various elements, their nexus, their conflicting and at other times
complementary nature, which reveals one of the integral themes in
artist presents love as an opposition of emotions, a collision of
appetites, impulses, and feelings. The ancient theme of sexual tension
and power invades the eternal struggle between men and women and
is colorfully dramatic and playful in many of Andreis paintings.
In his work, Andrei Protsouk had formulated an artistic system of
mystic and fantastic transformation which provides us
with a window to the artists soul and a glimpse into everymans
Protsouk has displayed his art in many solo exhibitions around the
world: in Germany, Holland, Russia, Ukraine, and America. Andrei's
works are a part of private and corporate collections including
Aurora Publishing House; Academy of Art in New York City; Barcelona
Museum of Art, Spain; Coca-Cola in Denmark; Italian Art and White
Knights of Venice, Italy; Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ,
USA; Museum of Art Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia; Johnnie Walker
Expo Co, England; François Lang Art, Hamburg Germany; Art
Connections, Zurich, Switzerland; and Vera Gallery, Aphine, Greece.