NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk artist Sergey Stepanenko will open a new solo exhibition, “Retrospective,” from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at SPAG Artists Studio, 25 France St., Norwalk.
The creative biography of artist-painter Stepanenko is a diverse one, both in nature and geography. He graduated from art school in Frunze, Kyrgyzstan.
In addition to producing his own drawings and paintings, he designed stages for television programs and puppet theater and worked as an instructor for a local art school. Later, he attended the Moscow Printing Institute, where he received a master’s degree in book design.
During his 10-year education in painting, composition and art history, Stepanenko studied with such renowned teachers and artists as Fyodor Stukoshin, who was a disciple of Russian painter and stage designer Alexander Osmerkin, and Natalia Goncharova, the daughter of famed artist Andrei Goncharov, all of whom kept the traditions of Russian art of the early 20th century alive.
Throughout the late 1970s to mid-1990s, he actively participated in exhibitions throughout Frunze, Crimea and Moscow. In 1995, he came to the United States with his family, adapted to a new life and explored new opportunities. He continues to exhibit his art in various galleries throughout Connecticut and New York. He is a member of the St. Philip Artists' Guild in Norwalk, where he has a studio.
Always in search of new forms of expression, his newest art exhibit, “Retrospective” is, in Stepanenko's words: “Visual artwork is a dialog between the artist and everyone individually. The artist shares his feelings, emotions, and asks questions, hoping that he or she will be understood by others. If the person who is looking at the painting experiences an emotional connection, art has happened.”
The St. Philip Artists' Guild is comprised of a group of artists who share studio space within the Manice Lockwood Mansion on the grounds of St. Philip Church in Norwalk.
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