giovedì 26 gennaio 2017

No Cure Magazine / Interview / Australia



 
 "Almost" Famous NO. 13

ON THE REST OF THE WORLD, RUSSIAN-BORN ARTIST RINAT SHINGAREEV’S DISTINCTIVE ART ALLOWS US TO OBSERVE FAMOUS ICONS AND PERSONALITIES IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT. READ ON AS RINAT DISCUSSES THE POWER OF CELEBRITY, AND WHY OUR WORSHIP OF IT MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE A BAD THING...

You once mentioned in an interview that you have the 'goal to reach the highest heights in art and become the best artist of our time'. What do you think it takes to become the best artist of our time? 

To become the best artist of our time you just need to have a special talent and constantly create new artworks that would become the object of worship and imitation. Your style should gradually evolve and your risky experiments to turn into a trend. If the next generation will also recognise and appreciate your contribution to the arts, you can confidently call yourself the best artist of your time.

Why do you think people have such a huge fascination with celebrity? 

I think in most cases, people are fascinated by some special talent, great appearance and beauty or a luxurious life... And it's absolutely normal! Most of them, for example, can't afford this kind of lifestyle, and passion for any celebrity allows them to dip a bit into their world. Also, don't forget that famous characters and their ideal images inspire people to achieve certain goals. Many champions and representatives of showbusiness also once said that they were inspired by their idols. And I think it's cool!

Is our worship of celebrity a good thing or bad thing? Why? 

I think worship of celebrities is not a bad thing until it not becomes self-destructive or harmful to others. Besides, nowadays, idols are changing very quickly and people often change their preferences. Also, worship can be a kind of stimulus to achieve something or to encourage people who needs someone's support. So, I think it's rather a positive thing. Also, I can add that people always worshipped celebrities – just remember Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and others.

How do you think the notion of celebrity has changed since you were a child? 

If in my childhood celebrities were Michael Jackson, Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, Cindy Crawford and many other inaccessible stars, for the youth of today, celebrities are YouTubers, bloggers and Instagram models, which may be your neighbours. I would call them virtual stars that exist until they create new content. Despite this, there are real stars – classic divas and legends of Hollywood, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and others. 

Much of your work combines celebrities with something that completely changes the feel of the work. For example, George Bush snuggling with a large bunny, Obama in a Captain America outfit, Madonna with a halo of ammunition. What exactly are you trying to say? 

I think we are all used to seeing these celebrities in their usual manner, exactly as they want us to see them. I propose to look at them from another point of view, in a completely different environment and way. I want to show that celebrities are also characterised by human emotions such as love and hate, fear and courage, joy and sadness. All of them, as well as ordinary people, have their dreams and goals, and, at the same time, their weaknesses and shortcomings.

What is it about American pop culture that intrigues you? 

The whole world’s entertainment industry is based on the American model of pop culture – music, TV, sports, cinema and other entertainment. It's precisely the American culture to set the standards and create new trends, which are consequently adopted by the whole world. It's just a part of our lives – like it or not, this has an impact on all of us. You can't say you love hip-hop but you don't like American hip-hop. You can't say you love action movies but you don't love American cinema. You can't say you love the internet but you don't use Facebook or Google.

At the moment, who do you think is the ultimate icon of American pop culture? 

At the moment, I think the main American pop icon is Drake. And before him it was Kanye West and, even earlier, Obama and Lil Wayne. Drake is incredibly popular, not only in United States but in all parts of the world. He repeatedly released successful albums and almost never leaves the Billboard charts. But I think his position is not so strong because Trump may be a new ultimate American pop icon with his victory as US President. 

Who are you own personal heroes? 

Without a doubt, my mother! She is a strong and brave woman. She has done a lot for me and I will always be grateful to her for it. As for famous heroes, I would say Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google).

Words: David Bobis
Images by No Cure Magazine
Special thanks to Mark Zeidler

domenica 3 luglio 2016

The Archive Magazine / Interview


MEET THE ARTIST: RINAT SHINGAREEV

Who is Rinat Shingareev? Tell us about yourself.

To be honest, I don’t like to talk much about myself but I prefer to make my art to do it for me. A couple of my works can tell a lot more than a small paragraph in this interview. However, without going into the details, I can say that I am a professional artist who has set a goal to reach the highest heights in art and become the best artist of our time. For me, it’s not just a game or hobby, I believed in my talent and devoted my life to art. First in Russia, where from the age of six years I studied at the art school, then in Italy, where I graduated from the Art Academy with the highest grade. Right here in Italy I realised that art is a universal means of communication, which opens in front of you a huge window of opportunity and allows us to do something great.

Tell us about all the steps you took to find your personal style.

I feel lucky, because I pretty quickly found my own style. Back in 2007, while studying at the Art Academy, I created several works inspired by the art of Andy Warhol for my graduate thesis. Then these paintings received positive feedback, thereby inspiring me to further creativity. The style of those art works was quite close to what I’m doing now. I worked very hard, and over the years I have created a large number of paintings and my style has developed and evolved together with my experiments in painting. It all happened quite naturally and spontaneously.

How do you start a new project?

The basis of successful work is always a good idea. A work of art should evoke strong emotions: shock, inspire, amaze or simply bring pleasure. The search for such a strong and original idea is just the most difficult stage in the creation of new artwork. After having decided on the theme of the painting I work a lot on the sketches, experimenting with color and different situations. And then I start to realize it on the canvas.


How do you choose your subject?

If you want to become a professional, you have to surround yourself with professionals. If you want your work to be successful, you have to choose the successful characters. Characters which have contributed to the history and reached the highest heights in their spheres of activity and their stories inspire people. Therefore, the determining factor in the choice of subject is its popularity and relevance. This person should also be original, so I will be able to tell his story in the best way possible using the features of his appearance and character.

How would you define your technique?

I got my basic knowledge of painting at art school where education was focused mainly on classical art. During the years of study, I was able to experiment with different materials and explore different techniques, but the work with the oil seemed to me the most interesting, challenging and intriguing. Most of the artworks that we studied were created precisely with this material and perhaps this fact also influenced me. At the moment I painted more than a hundred oil paintings and I can say that for me it is the most comfortable material, thanks to which I can realize any of my ideas. Besides, for me it is very important that my work looks also beautifully and vividly, as in a digital image, if not better.

Who was the most difficult icon to paint?

To be honest, I never paid attention to how complex a work in technical terms can be. I can say that I have a lot of experience with oil because for more than eight years I worked every day for 6-7 hours and the realization of any idea on the canvas doesn’t cause me difficulties. The only thing, as I said above, the most difficult step in creating a new artwork is to find a bold idea.


What do you do when you are not painting?

I love my profession and painting is not exhausting to me, and brings me only pleasure and positive emotions. Despite the fact that I have not a lot of free time, I always try to find a couple of hours a day on sport activities. I also love to travel around the world in search of interesting works of young and talented artists for my collection of contemporary art.

Where do you go to relax and find inspiration?

I believe that today a professional artist doesn’t need inspiration, at least in its classical definition. I would call it an outdated concept! You just create because you have a desire to create something great and reach certain heights. But it is not fleeting burst of emotion and not inspiration, it is a constant desire which leads you to your goal. That’s exactly how I created my best works.

If you had the chance to have a celebrity pose for you, who would you choose and why?

This is a very interesting question. Some characters really inspire me and I would be glad to paint their portrait in live. The first one would be Barack Obama. His story is unusual and interesting and I have already dedicated several works to him. Besides, he is easily recognizable and perfect for portraits. I would be very glad if he posed for me. It would be an unforgettable experience! By the way, my offer is still valid even after the end of his presidential term.
Also, I would be happy to paint a portrait of James Franco. I like his movies. He is a brilliant actor and a creative person. This is a great combination for an interesting portrait.


Do the colors you use have a special meaning to you?

The colors in the painting are playing a great role for me, because they can manipulate the mood and set the general tone. Also the colors help me to tell the story of my character in the best way and highlight the main features of his personality. Well, in the end, I’m a positive person and my art reflects my temperament.

What advice would you give someone who is just getting started with portraiture painting?

First of all, I would like to say that art is not a hobby, it’s as much of a profession as many others. It is very important to find your own style, be original and try to stand out from the millions of others. If you’re really ready to devote your life to art and you have something to say to your audience, then sooner or later you will reach your goals.

Who would you paint if you were asked to represent technology?

I already have a couple of portraits on this subject. These are portraits of Sergey Brin and Mark Zuckerberg. They are the real gods of technology and their inventions really changed our life. In addition, they are young, have done an amazing career and are an example for the young generation.

… and who would you paint if you had to represent sustainability?

Without any doubt, I would paint a portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio. He really did a lot to protect the environment and for many years he has shown us, with his example, that regardless of our profession we could also contribute to the protection of nature. And that’s really commendable! In addition, he’s a terrific actor and his fantastic charisma would give a bit of magic to my work.

Last but not least, since we noticed that you drew a lot of different hip hop icons, what attracts you the most about the hip hop culture?

Electronic music and hip hop accompany me since childhood. I grew up with this music. Now I’m 30, but I am a fan of hip hop as much as when I was 15. Why do I like hip hop? I don’t have a concrete answer to this question. This music just gives me a special energy and it’s really cool!

By Ella Koppensteiner