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"Genadii was born in Sholkhov, Rostov Oblask, Russia in 1960. He studied at the Lugassk art school in the Ukraine and later at the St.Petersburg Academy of Art. In 1998 he moved to Edinburg (Scotland). Painter of portraits, children, women, genre scenes, nudes in the Post-Impressionist and a Naive Expressionist style. In 2000 he received the Maud Gemmel Hutchison Prize." http://wiki.cultured.com/people/Gennadii_Gogoliuk/
"When I go into the studio, it always seems to me that I am meeting my paintings for the first time, like strangers. They don’t recognise me, or at least they pretend not to. So I always put off the encounter, I have a coffee, a cigarette, then another coffee. I try to think of a new strategy, which will enable me to make my entrance inoffensively, harmlessly, as if I wasn’t even there. I light a candle, say a prayer, as if over the coffin of somebody who has died. Then I see them come back. I don’t know who they are. Maybe they are the same people that I spoke with yesterday or before that. They surround me, slowly, I can hear them breathing, almost in my ear. I always begin with a new canvas, one which has been prepared for a new image, and I listen, so that I can hear what the canvas wants, what it is that needs to be drawn. That’s the most difficult moment. Then my hand automatically traces a line or takes a particular colour. The most important thing at this point is to deceive your own inner critic, to deceive your head. That’s why at this point you need to use the technique of the left hand, of not knowing, of being taken by surprise. Your head falls from your shoulders as if it had been chopped off by a Cossack’s sword. And then everything flows, and you are like a headless horseman, tied onto your horse, and you just move about the picture, as if nothing mattered." Gennadii Gogoliuk http://wsimag.com/art/5357-gennadii-gogoliuk-waiting-for-you