|Famine Ukraine - Painting by Victor Zaretsky|
VICTOR ZARETSKY GALLERY
EXCERPTS FROM THE INTRODUCTORY ARTICLE BY OLESYA AVRAMENKO
The fate of this unordinary artist had been dramatic. His art is not known well enough to the general public. His whole artistic life the artist was working fruitfully and with the inspiration, courageously searching and changing in the realm of painting.
Zaretsky did not follow the beaten track of downplaying personal feelings of a person. Isn't that why Zaretsky's art does not loose its value, its core today, when the lives, words, actions are subject for revaluation. He was one of the few artists who did not have to review the way they created when the time of perestroika came, since he never created to answer the demands of any certain period.
To characterize the art of Viktor Zaretsky as a whole is very difficult, as the body of his work is too rich and diverse. A large number of his works still is not known to the public. The fact that we haven't seen them, as well as many works by other masters has distorted development of our culture and the way we perceive art.
The track that Viktor Zaretsky's talent followed turned out to be unbeaten and winding. The artist followed it with difficulties, but steadily, the obstacles did not stop him for long. He always found the strengths to move on despite anything. A stop for him was equal to death. Zaretsky's artistic nature was wide open to th ewhole diversity of culture both of the past and of the modern times, and was free to use different artistic styles, systems, devices, and means of expression transforming all of this in an original and individual manner.
The strength of spirit and faithfullness to the cause and very important distinctive marks of real talent and highness of fate. And when it was the time to look back, the time to gather stones, it appeared that the tragic losses and suffering did not ruin his personality and became an asset for the artist.