Dreams vs. realities in an excellent art exhibition

Introducing Oxána Bódis, a famous local artist and arts and technical drawing graduate from Bobrujszk, a town southeast of Minsk, Belarus. She moved to Hungary in 1990. Her characteristic paintings range from the use of watercolors, graphics, oils, etc.

Over the course of her continuous professional career, Oxána has produced an impressive number of remarkable works. Over the years there have been various exhibitions nationally, as well as across Europe, showcasing his impressive portfolio. Many of his paintings are quite real at first glance, in a visual and dimensional sense. But when we look closer, many – alongside his frequent depictions of cats – combined with general glimpses of twilight and possible backgrounds, they symbolically become one and the same with real, dreamlike spheres all around.

Many also evoke a distinctly warm and influential East Slavic aesthetic, which still offers its own unique blend of color and bright style. This distinct form relates to the roots of this artist and is often found among her works during an exhibition in the commendable Fári Art and Antiques Gallery, at 30 Bártok Béla út in District XI.

But without further ado, these scintillating representations are alluring and finally speak for themselves. There is no need for further comments from an art lover like me. So welcome to Oxána, it was a pleasure to attend the opening of your exhibition.

Please tell me something about your background and how you came to be an artist?

My father was a military officer, my mother was a naturopath. As a child, I studied mathematics and physics. I was also a member of the school theater troupe. But I was also very lucky, because I won several school competitions one after the other. All of this could have led to careers ranging from journalism to comedy as those were introduced to me as well. But fate finally intervened, because one day some boys from my old neighborhood saw me drawing on the side of the street. They told me it would be worth it to continue pursuing my artistic skills. Remarkably, with conviction, they literally drove me to one of the local art schools, which was then recruiting. This is how my lifelong love for the arts began. I graduated as a fine arts teacher in Minsk, got married, moved to Hungary, and have been in this profession ever since.

Your styles and techniques are positive, calm and graceful. You clearly have a love for cats and the twilight. I have also noticed that doctors and nursing staff are very keen on acquiring your photos in order to create more harmonious atmospheres for patients, and in particular with children. Please say more about it.

I have some of my photos in several medical clinics, as I have often been told that my paints have particular beneficial effects. There was a patient who overcame a serious car accident just because he took one of my photos, which was in the right place at the right time, and remarkably, it gave him some form of inner therapy and relief. . I also get a lot of feedback from doctors and nurses. It’s also great to know that my images produce soothing effects on patients with blood pressure issues. This question also applies to cases of children in doctors’ offices and in hospital wards.

Have you worked as a book illustrator? Have you decorated public spaces?

I illustrated a few books. I really like fairytale pictures. I am currently working on a book project. I also decorated the walls of the Breakfast Club “Three Pajamas” in Budapest.

What are your artistic influences?

Repin and Munkácsy are clearly great painters. Although I appreciate their works, personally I prefer Vincent van Gogh and Amedeo Modigliani. In addition, I have always admired artists whose works have their own identity and can never be confused with someone else’s, like the remarkable Marc Chagall and Anatoly Zverev.

What is your general artistic philosophy when it comes to working with your students?

I have been teaching for a long time. Today I have a few private students. All of my students are individuals with different requirements. I must therefore pay particular attention to each in turn. However, the common point in each case is that I still want to impart basic knowledge while maintaining their own personalities and skills. I’m never afraid to show off new stuff and compelling new techniques. I am always happy to share my knowledge with everyone.

My general philosophy and goals are not only to teach students how to paint and draw, but also to allow them to find their own way in any project with confidence and ease. As well as touching and bringing out their own inner endeavors and artistic talents on paper and canvas.

This way they not only learn How? ‘Or’ What To but also What to draw or paint with more effect and more meaning. After initial encouragement, my students are finally finding their own way with what they want to achieve in their own work. Intuitively harnessing one’s hidden senses, to learn new skills, always brings out the best in everyone and is as important as everything else in my profession.

Tell me something about Budapest landscape painting.

You cannot get enough of the beauty of Budapest. First of all, its charm is knowing that no matter how many times I see the same abundance of buildings, as many are unique in their clarity and splendor, and there is always something new to see. There are the city’s highly prized landmarks – like the Fisherman’s Bastion – where time and space are literally given up on me every time I’m there. Every time I’m there, a surreal artistic feeling always comes over me – it’s just inexplicable. Apart from saying the past, the present and the future are always one and the same for me when I am there. I haven’t broached this topic for quite some time, as I’m afraid it might come across as an exaggeration, like an artistic and capricious cliché. Obviously, the immediate central cityscapes have been drawn, painted, photographed many times. But on my last visit to this very distinctive summit, I finally had some new artistic inspirations. While I finally felt the need to deliver my impressions of this monument, as well as Central Buda and Pest, regardless of the obvious competition.

What’s the next step in your artistic journey?

The adventure is always continuous because we do not always know what will happen next. I hope the future is full of inspirations, experiences, energies and exciting new and challenging themes. I hope my paintings will travel to new places, and eventually take me with them too.

The Oxána Bódis art exhibition runs until October 15 and comes highly recommended. For this and more about it, see oxanagallery.weebly.com For more information on the refined Fári Galéria, click on www.fariantikvitas.hu


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