Meet the artist: Sergey Piskunov

When did you first start painting? Were you born with a paint palette in hand, or did your interest in art develop over time?

I started painting 11 years ago after receiving brushes and paint as a gift. Since then I have been devoting almost all my free time to painting. A few years ago I completely focused on art and left my job in the IT.

Was there a moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?

It was not one definite step, but several successive events in life. I never thought that I would be an artist, I have no art education and I started painting by chance. After graduating from university, I worked in another industry and only after a few years I devoted myself entirely to art.

Sergey Piskunov at work

How can you describe your own style and technique?

I work in the style of hyperrealism, in which it is important to convey the image on the canvas as detailed as possible, to remove the boundary between the painting and reality as much as possible. My paintings are created for about a month each, due to the specifics of the style and the amount of details.

Girl in swimming pool by Sergey Piskunov, oil on canvas

Do you have a personal favourite piece? Can you think of a piece that was particularly fun to work on?

I do not have a favourite painting, but I have a favourite moment in creating each one: when I have a blank canvas in front of me and I can only imagine whether I will get the expected result.  I like that in each picture, among other things, there is a technical challenge, so that it is complex enough (without this it will not be interesting).  So I can rather remember many moments of disappointment and overcoming, but there is hard to call to mind  a moment of fun.

Blueberries by Sergey Piskunov, oil on canvas

Which artist of the past would you most like to meet?

Many of them, I suppose.  But on the other hand, I can always enjoy their works, for me this meeting is quite enough.

What is your favourite art gallery/museum and why?

In many museums there were very interesting expositions, but if you single out one, then probably this is the Pompidou Center, when there is an opportunity, I gladly come there.

What was the last exhibition you went to?

It was back in the days before covid, I was in MoMa during a short stop in New York.

Macarons by Sergey Piskunov, oil on canvas

Which artist materials do you use and why?

I never attached much importance to materials: I use the most ordinary synthetic brushes (though I change them up to three times during the writing of one painting) and paints. The only thing that matters to me is the canvas, I use the smoothest fine grain.

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