How many people on television are able to surprise so that you will certainly lose the power of speech for at least a second? Andrei Bartenev is one of those.
This original creator often appeared as a guest on a television show, but ordinary people, far from the world of contemporary art, are hardly intimately acquainted with his life and work.
Bartenev can not be attributed to a particular creative profession - a man is an artist, fashion designer, designer, writer, sculptor and even director. All these creative activities sooner or later turned out to be in the field of Andrei's creative activity, whose performance sometimes is simply amazing.
One of the main trump cards of Andrew are defiant and outrageous costumes and accessories, which can often hit the average viewer. The artist draws his ideas from fantastic dreams. Bartenev claims that in them he is able to move to neighboring galaxies and discover for himself the various secrets of the universe, which he later visualizes in his works and images.
Despite numerous criticism of him and frequent misunderstanding, Bartenev tries not to change his creative image and continues to create in his own style, without trying to give the viewer any explanation of his work. The artist believes that his business is visualization, and everyone can interpret creativity in his own way.
The works of the Russian outrageous artist are in the best foreign galleries, and even Bartenev himself prefers to be outside his native country, in which the general public is not so interested in his work as in the West.
Bartenev was born in the city of Norilsk and from childhood had a craving for creativity - he dreamed of learning to play the piano, but due to his living conditions he did not have such an opportunity. At the age of 16, Andrey entered the Art Institute in Krasnodar, where he studied theater director, and then went to conquer Moscow.
The main reason for the abundance of bright colors in the images of Bartenev is childhood in the snowy north, where only the gray-white tones prevailed. The artist received his first recognition in 1992 thanks to the “Botanical Ballet”, which won the Grand Prix of the festival in Riga.
The most popular works of the artist are unusual performances in dynamics. One of the sensational performances entitled "The Snow Queen" was approved by many foreign critics and art critics who claim that the artist’s work combines theatrical avant-garde, fashion, performance and visual arts.
In 2015, the artist still managed to get a well-deserved interest in his persona within the Homeland - an exhibition in Moscow was presented to the audience court, which was located in two buildings of the Museum of Modern Art. A retrospective of Bartenev's works over 25 years was presented at it. Many of the installations of Andrew came into motion - they rotated, twinkled, made various sounds, thereby turning into a single performance.
Andrew himself claims that all his life he felt like a black sheep and never found a place among ordinary people. No matter where the artist appeared, he became a sensation due to his extraordinary taste in fashion - Bartenev always liked to combine bright colors, a strange cut and the most intricate elements together. The artist admits that he is very offended - in Russia his work is not understood and even feel aggression towards him, and people show interest abroad.
As often happens, creative and extraordinary personalities, one of whom, of course, Andrei Bartenev, is confronted with a lack of understanding and some rejection by the public. Fortunately, the artist manages to cope with this and continue to create, delighting fans with new works.