Epigraph: I was born in the terrestrial body.
Spirit of mine, where are you from?
- How would you describe your creative activity?
- I would leave this complicated task to the art critics and historians. However, many of them have common opinion that my creative activity is a fusion of cultures, and of eastern and western traditions. As far as I am concerned, I prefer to focus my attention on the process of creation, which takes a lot of time. Creative impulse can be evanescent, but true oeuvre can only be created when such an impulse is continued for thirty or forty years.
- What are your sources of inspiration?
- My main source of inspiration is the ancient art of the East, but I am also searching for it in the contemporary European art. During my student years I have been closely studying the oeuvres of such French painters as Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. An amazing thing is that while each of them was pursuing his personal career of artist, he was also showing preference in some national culture in which he was particularly interested.