Everything You See

Color as a Spiritual Experience

Maxim Bondarenko

Magic Realism and Color Relations

Maxim Bondarenko (Sacramento CA) makes paintings, drawings, and mixed media artworks. By exploring color, texture, composition rules as a language, Bondarenko creates the space in which objects are altered or detached from their natural function and their aesthetics are distilled into symbols and fables. Applying certain technical manipulations, on paper and paint, he strives to achieve fresh at the same time ancient and timeless perception of his paintings. Somehow his focus on the Culture of a Stroke and experiments with old textures led him to the new techniques and art philosophy that he presents today.

'I create art as long as I remember myself and it was always a different cause for that.
Currently, I endeavor to paint as spiritual work, as a service, as an offering to some higher power, vortex, Him/Her or call it anything you wish. That thing is not necessarily outside of me. Doing anything else has less sense in my world. I feel myself just as an instrument for something bigger even though that voice sometimes can be very subtle.

In my works, I depict alternative realities and explore mainly transcendent ideas. More than anything else it is close to Magic Realism. As well, the European tradition of Allegory always strongly influenced me. Thus I use reverse perspective, personified objects, flowers, fruits, and other symbols of human life and personality.
My art does not reflect the current moment. Subconsciously I always strive to stay timeless or off time. Even though my works are about “here and now” in communion with Eternity. That’s why I keenly choose my technique of washing the paint off and showing work of time, destruction through aged textures, multiple layers like if they would be a cross-section of a tree speaking about all its life, not about a particular moment.
I usually combine different art genres in one artwork. For instance, I put still life in a landscape and add features of a portrait why it’s always difficult to classify.

In my art, I tend to objectify people and personify objects. All these methods are the shadows of the “real” reality. As in inveterate life, we objectify or personify many things even if they have an ephemeral, virtual nature. We usually even aren’t aware about that since it happens on the knee-jerk reaction level. I hope my works serve as a reminder on how beautifully complex is life and how complex are human sensations and sentiments.'

Maxim Bondarenko. Artist
acrylic painting Dreamer II
acrylic painting Screaming Vase
acrylic painting Dreamer I