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Konstantin Mikhailovich Skoptsov (Ukrainian Skoptsov Kostyantin Mikhailovich; born December 13, 1958, Odessa, Ukrainian SSR) is a Ukrainian artist, graphic artist, painter, illustrator.
life and creation
Was born in Odessa. He graduated from an 8-year school, then worked in production as a turner, test fitter. At the same time, he was engaged in graphics and book illustration. He served in the USSR Air Force, after serving in the army tried to enter art schools in Moscow and Odessa, but did not pass the entrance exams. Later he began to position himself as an underground artist and gave up further attempts to get an art education. It has been exhibiting since 1976 [1], mainly, “apartment buildings”, expositions in the lobby of cafes and cinemas. Since the end of the 80s it has been exhibited in galleries and museums.

In 2000 Skoptsov met Temistokl Iosipovich Virsta [uk], a famous abstract painter living in Paris. Friendship with Virsta played a huge role in the work of Konstantin Skoptsov. He became a representative of the Paris Art Association "Phoenix" in Ukraine and got the opportunity to exhibit in Paris, as part of the project "Paris School of Ukrainian Painting". [2]

In 2004, for a series of illustrations for the "Black Shamrock" by Henri de Rainier, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John awarded Konstantin Skoptsov with a diploma for achievements in art.

For a series of illustrations for Dante's works and essays on Giotto's frescoes in the Church of St. Francis in Assisi (Italy), Konstantin Skoptsov is admitted to the Russian-Italian Academy of Ferroni. [2]

He currently works in the genre of cabinet graphics, book graphics and graphic painting. He uses the philosophical term "semantic realism" to define the style of his works. The artist Skoptsov considers Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder to be the predecessors of semantic realism as an artistic style. [3] Based on his statements about this and some visual similarity of the paintings, the press calls Konstantin Skoptsov "Odessa Bosch". [4]

The artist lives and works in Odessa.

Quotes
About graphics and painting: “The line expresses everything that is constant, color - the transitory. Everything is decided by the line that reigns in this world - it is a purely abstract symbol; it conveys both the nature of the subject and the unity of the narrative, determines the general atmosphere and captures your feelings. Here reality can serve for art only as the first starting point of the journey to the country where the Idea lives, “clothed in a sensual form”. [5]
About the underground: “Real painting has always been, is and will be an outsider, outside the“ splash pool ”of artistic life and always far from the artisan art trough. This is salt, without which art becomes insipid, this is the cut and, by Cocteau's definition, the aristocracy of creativity. Only by looking at the works of the guild craft of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Modigliani, thrown out in their time abroad, people receive information about the fundamental and deep reasons for painting. ”[6]
Quotes about him
Art critic Stanislav Aydinyan: “His [Konstantin Skoptsov] name is among the most talented graphic artists in Odessa. Constantine is both an artist and a poet, although he is also known as a kind of philosopher, thinker, appealing to subtle immersions in the subconscious. His creativity combines both avant-garde and tradition, mysticism and relaxed whimsical imagery ... This applies both to his “visual-artistic” and literary-poetic experiences ”. [7]
Journalist Viktor Timoshenko: “The plots [graphics by Konstantin Skoptsov] are inspired by ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, couplets of their genius creations. It remains a mystery how Konstantin Skoptsov "materializes", fills a blank sheet of paper with dreams, ghosts, "phantoms", horrors, otherworldly worlds of a distant, unfamiliar time "
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