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Art by Valeriy Grachov
Art by Valeriy Grachov
Distant village
canvas, oil
73x54 cm
Zarafshan Range
canvas, oil
79х59 cm
General information about Artist

I obtained architectural education, but had not been engaged in architecture much, basically in the field of small architectural forms. I developed interiors and other design objects. However, the painting has been occupying me from early childhood, from approximately five-year-old age and uninterruptedly until now.

At the moment I position myself as an artist working in direction of romantic realism although, it has not always been like that. My third and fourth solo exhibitions were almost entirely abstract. The following 5 years I painted sky - ‘airplane landscapes’. And later I began painting mountain landscapes. Abstractionism and realism are sides of the same creative process – sometimes it is nice to see the world in whole and sometimes to penetrate deeply into its forms.

The work in digital world gives a possibility to sink into a universe of smallest details with a highest speed. It seems to me that speed of painting a work is a pledge of its quality – faster is better (I mean professional work indeed). In spite of digital work, in traditional painting it is difficult to make a work with large number of details for a short time. Therefore, when I get tired with realistic painting, I paint abstract miniatures or work in digital applications. When I get bored with computer, I have a rest at the desktop.
Single Exhibitions

1. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. The Institute of Experimental Designing, Kiev, Ukraine - 1975
2. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. The Union of Composers, Kiev, Ukraine - 1982
3. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. The Union of Composers, Kiev, Ukraine - 1984
4. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. The Union of Architects, Kiev, Ukraine - 1984
5. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. The Ministry of Geology, Kiev, Ukraine - 1988
6. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. The Club of Vasyutintsi Village, Chercassy Reg. Ukraine - 1989
7. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. The Palace of Sport, Kiev, Ukraine - 1993
8. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. The Ukrainian Art House, Kiev, Ukraine - 1993
9. “Face to Face”. The Museum of Shevchenko, together with S. Naberezhnih, Kiev, Ukraine - 1993
10. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. Rifle Club, Prague, Czech Republic - 1994
11. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. International Trade Center, Central Office of AUDI, Prague, Czech Republic - 1994
12. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. The Gallery “Fatherland”, Kiev, Ukraine - 1997
13. “Short sound of flute”. The Hall of Archive of Literature and Art, Kiev, Ukraine - 2002
14. “V. Grachov. Painting.”. The House of Actor, Kiev, Ukraine - 2003
15. “Truhaniv – My Love”. The Art Gallery of Kiev-Mogylyan Academy, Kiev, Ukraine - 2004

Group Exhibitions

1. State Planetarium, Kiev, Ukraine - 1995
2. The Ukrainian Art House, Kiev, Ukraine - 1996
3. China, Jinshan (Shanghai), International Folk Painting Exhibition - 2005
4. Aesthetica Magazine Art Exhibition, York, UK - 2006
5. 'Suzirja' Theater, Kiev, Ukraine, 2008
6. "De Ribas". The 'Soviart' Contemporary Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine, 2008
7. 'Art Kiev 2008', Ukrainian House, Kiev, Ukraine, 2008
Awards

1. DigiFestival.net - winner in discipline Photography, Mercafir, P.zza Artom 12 - FIRENZE, Italy, 2005
2. The Best Artwork of the Month, Mansco Style, January, Spain, 2008
3. 1st PRIZE in Art Contest "De Ribas". The 'Soviart' Contemporary Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine, 2008
4. Finalist in Still Images Category in Asia Digital Art Award, Fukuoka, Japan, 2016

Publications

1. Travel News Magazine, No. 10-11, pp. 37-40, Ukraine, 2003
2. Global Vision Platform, Netherlands, 2005
3. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 4-5, USA, Jul/Aug, 2006
4. International Artist *, No. 52, pp. 110-119, Canada/USA, Dec/Jan, 2007
5. Fine Art Magazine, pp. 44-45, USA, Spring, 2007
6. Harvests of New Millennium, Volume 1, Number 1, India, January, 2008
7. The MAG, ArtNow Online, USA, April, 2008
8. Art Business News, USA, July, 2008
9. L'Art de l'Aquarelle, n. 6, France, September, 2010
10. Pratiques Des Art, n. 23, France, May, 2011
11. The Art of Watercolour (The magazine for watercolourists), France, April, 2014

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