6/02/2021

20th INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL "PETIT FORMAT DE PAPIER" 2020, BELGIUM.

Dear Artist,

The 20th edition of the international Biennial «Petit Format de Papier» has ended a month ago. The international Biennial «Petit Format de Papier and the exhibition «Petits Formats Numeriques» were brought together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the seminal project of the Musee du Petit Format. With four presentations in as many cities in Belgium, the Biennale was to be accompanied by a rich side program, wishing to offer participating artists and the MPFAC a showcase for their work and to give the public the opportunity to discover and explore the small format. Certain activities could not be organized due to the pandemic conditions, but they remain topical and await the right moment. We will keep you informed. 

The artistic richness and quality of the exhibited works were readily recognized by visitors, both local and from elsewhere. For you to have a look and an idea yourself, please find the properly MPFAC sized exhibition catalogue enclosed, in case you didn't pick up your copy on a visit yet. 

The MPFAC thanks you for your willing participation to this event which reunited 159 artistes from around the world. 

In case you wished to donate on or more works, please know we are very grateful! Those works will enter intro our collection and will be treated accordingly. They will serve to compose and build themed and temporary exhibitions and/or be used as a support in our animations for young and old. 

The works you wished to be returned to you are included in this enveloppe. 

We thank you sincerely and hope for your further confidence in future projects. 

For more information about the biennial exhibition and the other activities of the MPFAC: 

20th INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL "PETIT FORMAT DE PAPIER" 2020,  BELGIUM.
20th INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL "PETIT FORMAT DE PAPIER" 2020,  BELGIUM.

11/08/2020

SERGIY HRAPOV, DRAWING - UKRAINE

SERGIY HRAPOV
DRAWING - UKRAINE
hrapov.com


Masters of Contemporary Fine Art - Volume 3 Written by Pedro Boaventura

The trait of Sergiy Hrapov is unmistakable, it contains a fierce, expressive power, reminiscent of ancier A surreal world filled with medieval scenes, where the motifs are stylized and deformed - both in shape and scale. These disproportions and exaggerations accentuate the whimsical effect and attain a typical comic side that is almost caricature-like. Hrapov portraits picturesque royalty and their enchanted castles, travelers in fantastic journeys and knights in imaginary battles. The artist reproduces a wide range of winged characters that fly over his dream world. One witnesses the chimeric parade of all kinds of self-driving artifacts. A species resulting from the fusion of boats with wooden cars, sometimes with aerodynamic propulsion. Together, they give a great dynamism to their compositions.

Hrapov's organic stroke's texture adds a tactile relief. He uses cyclical compositions, in which his models are subject to transformation, a change of state, or a trip. Through the use of opposite directions, he also underlines the contrast between attitudes, choices, and opinions. His characters are surrounded by characterizing iconography, between costumes and ornaments, several objects and all kinds of instruments and weaponry.

The metamorphoses with animals provide a fabulous character to his stories; a powerful symbology that is capable of telling a story with only pictures. The fish is a recurrent symbol in his work. If, on the one hand, it represents life, on the other, it's an attribute of strength, courage, and perseverance. Before being a secret signal of early Christians, it was used as a talisman of fertility and, even today is considered a protective amulet. The bird simultaneously symbolizes lightness and freedom, as it does intelligence and wisdom, and still represents the soul and all that is divine. The flight and the wings make them perfect messengers between heaven and Earth. 



 

 

Sergiy Hrapov, PUBLICATIONS (pdf)

PUBLICATIONS (pdf)

CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL EX-LIBRIS ARTISTS No. 12, 2009, PORTUGAL.

CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL EX-LIBRIS ARTISTS No. 25, PORTUGAL. (Not published)

"GALYC''KA BRAMA", JANUARY - MARCH, 2013 No. 1-3 (PAGE 20-23) LVIV, UKRAINE.

Artgalaxie Sergiy Hrapov