Sky In Rome by Armine Bozhko

Booth #1200

Artist Statement:

A trip to Italy inspired this series of landscape paintings. I was fascinated by the vibrancy, textural variety, richness of color, and dynamic rhythms of geometric structure of ancient cityscapes. With its juxtaposition of centuries-old influences and marks left by generations of people, the city landscape elicited a strong sense of timelessness. Inevitably, one starts to perceive his own life as a brief moment in the context of millions of past lives and their stories. Time stops. Only the landscape remains, holding and preserving the memories of those lives.

While meditating on the sculptural beauty of the cityscape, I observed it in relation to different environmental states and also connected it to the different states of my own personal experiences. The stages of the day: beginning, midday, sundown, and night, correspond to the different stages of our existence. We all look at the world through the prisms of our emotional experiences and often associate a certain place with a feeling we experience. Our vision of the surrounding world is always colored by the feeling we have, and it is our very unique experience. In a similar way, my works are the landscapes of my emotional states rather than a description of a place.

Even though my works demonstrate strong characteristics of representation, I think about them in terms of their abstract quality because of the feeling of meditative stillness and remoteness. I base my paintings not on a certain place and moment, but rather on the nostalgic feeling of passing time and a dream. The dream for me is an abstract dimension, devoid of time, distance, and place.

Color, a strong interest for me, has always been a focus of my artistic explorations and studies.  Color speaks directly to our feelings. It appeals to our emotional perception of the work and allows an artist to lead the viewer into the experience of the feeling invested into a work of art. The themes of my work appear around the feeling, and then I respond through the color. I define painting as feeling traced on the surface of a canvas.

Artist Bio:
Armine works and lives in the greater New York City area. She was born and educated in Kiev, Ukraine. Armine’s works are in private collections in Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, Italy, Norway, United States, Georgia, Poland, and Canada.

Education
1987 | Republican Art School by Taras Shevtchenko ( Kiev, Ukraine)
2001 | Bachelor of Fine Art | Ukrainian Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture | Kiev, Ukraine
2004 | Master of Fine Art | Ukrainian Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture | Kiev, Ukraine
2006 | International Educational Program Gaude Polonia | Grant Issued by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Teaching Experience
2004-2006 | Professor’s Assistant at the Art Institute of Armenia | Department of Painting

Professional Membership
2002 – Present | Member of Ukrainian Art Union
2002 – Present | Member of Armenian Art Union

Awards
2006 | Armenian Minister of Culture | Award for Contribution in Armenian Culture for “One Culture One Nation”
​2006 | Diploma of Ministry of Culture of Poland Within Cultural Program ”Gaude Polonia”

Exhibitions & Galleries
2006-2010 | Lawrence Gallery | Portland, Oregon
2008 | Cascade Aids Project | Portland Convention Center | Portland, Oregon
2007 | Cascade Aids Project | Portland Convention Center | Portland, Oregon
2006 | Personal Exhibition at The National Gallery of Armenia | Yerevan, Armenia
2006 | Ukrainian-Polish Artists Group Project | L’viv, Ukraine
2005 | Art Gallery Neph | Kiev, Ukraine
2005 | Galleria D’arte Renaissance | Florence, Italy
2004 | International Visual Art Expo, Art Caucasus | Tbilisi, Georgia
2004 | Armenian Week in Kiev, Karas Art Gallery | Kiev, Ukraine
2003 | International Art Festival | Moscow, Russia
2003 | Young Artists of Armenia Exhibition | United Nation Building | Yerevan, Armenia
2003 | Young Artists of Armenia Exhibition | The Parliament Building | Yerevan, Armenia
2002 | Personal Exhibition, Armenian Union of International Cultural Affairs Yerevan, Armenia
2002 | Exhibition “Ararat” In Armenian Artists Union | Yerevan, Armenia
2001 | Group Exhibition “Portrait” At the Artists Union | Yerevan, Armenia
2001 | Group Spring Exhibition at The Artists Union | Yerevan, Armenia
2001 | Winter Group Exhibition at The Artists Union | Kiev, Ukraine
2001 | Spring Group Exhibition of Artists Union of Ukraine | Chernivtsi, Ukraine
2000 | Art Gallery Pectoral | Kiev, Ukraine

Publications
Golos Ukrainy. April 9, 2005.
Democratic Ukraine. June 2004.
Yerevani Gajack. November 2000. Pg.54-55
Gajastan. October 2000.
Palitra. No. 10-12. October-November 2000.
Urartu. No. 34. October 26, 2001.
Dzercalo Tizhdnja. No. 27. July 21, 2001.
Khreschatik. June 18, 2004.
Gajastani Hanrapetutian. No 188. October 14, 2000.

Contact Info:
Website: http://www.ArmineArt.com

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