Artists

Martynchik Walera

WALERA MARTYNCHIK
1948    born in Belarus. Until school time had been living with his granny in the remote Belarusian village. 50 volumes of the “Great Soviet Encyclopaedia”, (compulsory subscription for the Soviet officials) substituted the absence of children’s books and toys. Rich with colourful reproductions of Old Masters the Encyclopaedia had defined Walera’s interest in visual Arts

Since 1955    moved to Grodno- medieval town on the western border of Belarus with Poland. Witnessed how communists blew up the beautiful 14th century gothic cathedral in the town’s centre. At that time Grodno was well known for its liberal, westernised atmosphere.

1965 –enrolled for the Art course in the Minsk’s college of Arts. After the first annual show was expelled for the attempts to follow western trends in visual art.

1967-enrolled for the Public  Art course in the Academy of Fine Art in Minsk. After first annual show was punished by taking away his scholarship for experiments in painting. Stress and hardship resulted in one year in the TB hospital.

1972-graduated from the Belarusian  Academy of Fine Art.

1972-1986    Underground period
Since graduating had separated his Art from the Soviet Propaganda.


1970s     developing style.

Inspiration was found in the early 20 century Avant-Garde tradition. Particularly in theories and doctrines of Cosmic Consciousness, which defined the invention of Abstract Art.  Analytical Art of Pavel Filonov and  the new at that time achievements of digital arts, theories of Chaos and Complexity were important contributions in developing his own style in Art.
Provoking and encouraging were studio visits of leading Underground artists in Moscow and St. Petersburg such as Celkov , Yankelevsky and Rabin. Walera’s studio in Minsk was a meeting point for young artists, poets and scientists. Also it was a distribution place for the dissident literature.

1987-1989     Forma period

In 1987curator of the Estonian State Art Museum Ninel Ziterova visited Martynchik’s studio in Minsk  and proposed his solo show in the Art Museum “Kadriorg” in Tallinn.
Walera suggested alternative idea – a group show of young Belarusian Underground artists.
He had selected artist for the exhibition in Tallinn and named the group “Forma”
Apart from series of exhibitions in Estonia Forma took part in the very first Festival of the Soviet Underground Art In Narva (1988) and had a number of successful exhibitions in Moscow.

1989  immigration to Poland

1990     immigration to the UK and first solo show in London

1992      first solo show in Paris

Since 1990     lives and exhibits in the UK and abroad. He had solo shows in France, Holland, Belgium, Moscow, Singapore, Also took part in many group exhibitions. Walera’s works can be found in public and private collections around the globe.