Format of narration: from personal diary
Compelling personal exhibition by famous graphic and pictorial artist Sergey Balenok — at Minsk’s Modern Fine Arts Museum
Mr. Balenok’s Everything As Always show features his new works (painted in 2015) and graphic pieces and etchings from 2005-2014. The exhibition also includes some canvases never before showcased to the public.
Each work by Mr. Balenok narrates a certain story: with its own drama, language and plot. Etchings are his unique personal diary, where a composition acts as the plot and an image appears as a code. Sadness and grief are the format of his narration.
As a rule, he tends to tackle ‘everyday’ situations: human relations, nature and urban life. His style is sharp, smart and slightly melancholic, opening a door onto his inner thoughts, while allowing us to bring our own interpretation.
Sergey Balenok was born in Ukraine, graduating from Lvov’s Polygraphic Institute. From 1980, he worked for various editorial offices in Minsk, later becoming ‘a free artist’. At the moment, he is employed at Minsk’s Museum of Modern Fine Arts. Mr. Balenok has presented several personal shows — including at the National Art Museum. His works are held by galleries in Rimini, Eindhoven, Krakow, Polotsk and Minsk, as well as in private collections in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Ireland, France, the Czech Republic, Canada, the USA, Israel, Turkey, China and Russia.
By Victor Mikhailov