Kostya talks to us. He talks about his pictures, about what urges a painter to speak and tell of life through his own eyes, first from the heart and then through his hands. Faces close up and those passing by fleetingly. Bodies, trees, winters and the blossoming of spring. Like life. Kostya speaks alone and directly, as only great artists can.
by Alessandro Trivelli
It’s Saturday evening in Carrara and I’m at Anna’s house for dinner with two other friends, Roberta and Giancarlo, Agata the dog and two cats, Jeppo and Lolito. The evening passes by accompanied by good food and good wine; suddenly, maybe due to the collusion of the soft, warm lights, the wisps of smoke floating above our heads, I realise I’ve entered another world, one that is not unknown to me, that I’ve already seen and seen again recently, but what is happening has never happened to me before.
Kostya Lupanov’s pictures have been hanging there in the Gallery for three weeks now, and spending the evenings in their company is nice; the characters represented are there to tell their stories, for those who have the eyes and heart to stop and listen to them.
I’m no expert on pictorial technique, but I realise that the strength of Kostya’s works is not just in the figures represented. Lupanov passes for a figurative artist, but really in his pictures you can find clear and striking bursts of abstract art, in the backgrounds, nature blending into a profound search for colours, lights and perspectives. In the end what stands out is harmony; the abstract gives life to the figures, cafés, trees.
So, there I am, sitting peacefully at table chatting and sipping an excellent genepì from the valleys of Piedmont, made by our friend Annette who puts herbs into infusion to create this bitter-sweet drink. Bobo Rondelli’s concert awaits us in Piazza Alberica and then, I don’t really know how, my eyes start to see the figures around me as if they were in one of Lupanov’s pictures, but it’s not just my eyes, but myself, my whole body has gone to become part of the life of one of Kostya’s works. I am flesh and oil, skin and dense colour, I’m inside the Café Cipollone. It’s the reverse journey of Jeff Daniels who, in the film “The Purple Rose of Cairo”, steps out of the cinema screen to enter the real world.
The sensation doesn’t fade away, not even when we decide to go outside, because Bobo Rondelli and his band are waiting for us in Piazza Alberica and while we cross Piazza dell'Accademia, the red building over the Biso pharmacy becomes the building in the painting Two, another work by the Russian artist. As I walk the air doesn’t feel the same as usual.
Finally we reach the concert; Bobo hasn’t really waited for us and we only see the last half hour of the show; the sensation fades but doesn’t disappear. Sorry we were late Bobo, but it was worth it.
The wine and genepì probably contributed to my entering this new dimension, but then what do you want? I was at the Café Cipollone. Lupanov World!
From a story by Alessandro Trivelli
Konstantine Lupanov was born in 1977 in Krasnodar, Russia, where he still lives and works.
He studies at the State University of Culture and Art, Krasnodar.
"Painting for me is the best way to come to terms with myself"
It is a great soul that shines through Kostya’s canvases. Great eyes that observe us, curious, like windows of the soul.
"Something alive", Galleria Artetotale Moranditappeti , Pietrasanta LU
"A strange game" Bj ArtGallery, Paris
"Enyky-Benik ate pierogi" Lazarev Gallery, St. Petersburg
"North-South", Lazarev Gallery, St. Petersburg
"Antiquity. Face to Face", Central Exhibition Hall, Krasnodar
Biennial, Central Exhibition Hall, Krasnodar
Project "Jade pig", Central Exhibition Hall, Krasnodar
Regional Exhibition, Central Exhibition Hall, Krasnodar
A new toy 2014
Night Cafe 2013
Culture of drinking 2012
Due corvi (Two crows) 2012
Iam and the cat Philipp 2012
Intelligent man 2013
Little girl and dog 2014
Portrait of Sergei in his studio 2012
Self portrait 2014
Café Cipollone 2013
Evening Café 2012
Morning coffee 2013
Waiting for train 2012
Spring landscape 2014
Good night 2014
Time to rest 2014