Interview: Sculptor Vadim Kirillov
Vadim Kirillov — a sculptor who is famous both in Russia and abroad, the author of many monumental works, the regular participant of art exhibitions. The combination of drawing, painting and sculpture is the core of the original style of the works by Vadim Kirillov. His decorative, almost weightless plastic often resembles the transparent graphics. With patina bringing colourful element, the traditionally heavy and voluminous sculpture becomes light and airy, naturally finding its place in the modern space.
Vadim Kirillov’s sculpture impresses by the fine and meticulous work, the ability to transfer the energy of the living body, its plastic and sophisticated lines. He is able to «grab» something elusive, which is inherent in a dynamic human. His work is distinguished by the dynamism, energy and emotion, a poetic atmosphere in which the activities and thoughts of heroes are expressed through emotions.
Vadim Kirillov was born in Moscow in 1967. He graduated from the Surikov Moscow Academic Institute the Faculty of sculpture in the studio of Professor Kerbel. His Diploma work was marked by the examination committee and sent to the exhibition of young European artists in Paris (UNESCO). He then continued his studies in creative workshops of the Academy of Fine Arts under the supervision of E. Tsigal. Vadim Kirillov is a member of the Moscow Union of Artists since 1995. He also took part in the reconstruction of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and was awarded a gold medal and a diploma of the Russian Academy of Arts.
Among other remarkable works are the bronze bust of Alexander Pushkin in Kashira, 1999, the monument to Franz Presheren at the Slovenian Embassy in Moscow, 2001 and many others.
Today we are delighted to have an opportunity to talk to Vadim Kirillov and ask him a few questions.
Your works are amazing, and your style combining graphic, painting and sculpture is very impressive. How do you come to creating such works of art? What do they embody?
Art is now understood as the way of self-expression of the artist. But there is another understanding of it – art is the way of experiencing or perceiving the world, much like mathematics or physics. Like in mathematics, we need to devote quite a lot of time to be able to learn the essentials and the basic techniques. But sculpture is more complex and more exciting. I have been doing sculpture for more than 20 years, and I use mathematical formulas for it. For me sculpture is the way of experiencing the surrounding world and constant development.
«Art is the way of experiencing or perceiving the world, much like mathematics.»
Do you make sketches? Is it hard to make the end sculpture?
The idea of a future sculpture is always something sudden, but the process of creating the sculpture requires a great deal of effort and endurance. It includes sketches as well. But sometimes it can even happen that a sculpture remains unfinished.
Is it possible for an artist to be free and at the same time financially successful?
Today financial success of an artist is not determined by the quality of his/her works. Income is a certain percentage of the invested capital. Investments made by a gallery bring new artists, and when it comes to investments made by a country, we witness cultural phenomena such as Michelangelo in Italy or Vermeer in the Netherlands. Each historical period reveals new artists, both contemporary and of the past, like it happened with art-deco movement and its artists.
«Today financial success of an artist is not determined by the quality of their works.»
Which of your works is your favourite one?
Each new sculpture is always the favourite one, until it is replaced be the next one, the newer and hence more favourite one.
You gained a classic education and work in traditional technique, using the authentic instruments. It is hard and meticulous work. What is your attitude to the new digital technology and 3D modelling? Can modern technology simplify the process for a sculptor?
Modern technology changes our world, our thinking and perception. 3D modelling is going to make an advance in its development, the same as photography has done in the course of 100 years. Perhaps, 3D modelling will become more available and widespread, and everyone will be able to have their own 3D image. But new technology cannot replace sculpture as a way of experiencing and perceiving the world around, because it provides solely the technique or the instrument.
«But new technology cannot replace sculpture as a way of experiencing and perceiving the world around, because it provides solely the technique or the instrument.»
Can you tell about your current projects? What are you working at now?
Having done all the preparatory work and sketches, we are just about to start creating the bust of Dvigubsky for the Moscow State University, he was once a rector of the University and did a lot to restore it after the Napoleon War. Another project I am currently engaged in is the 2-meter sculpture of an Archer symbolizing the historical past of the city of Kashira. The sculpture was commissioned by the city and is to be finished by summer.
Thank you a lot for the interview!
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