Eugene Kuperman

Born in: 1987 Kharkov, Ukraine

Lives in: Los Angeles, CA

Media: Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Digital Photography, Illustration, Drawing, Graphic Design

Describe your work in 3 words: Traditional, honest, insightful

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In Contemplation - Graphite on Paper 24 x 19 in.

"In the recent years I have been creating mostly figurative and social commentary work, which deals with different relevant issues in society. I feel as though It's important to bring up these issues, I also think it's important to use them to try to create a positive change in society."

What themes does your work involve?
I've done thus far two paintings with Genocide theme: Holocaust and Armenian Genocide, which I believe needs to become recognized to avoid future genocides from occurring. I've also done a piece on the issue of homelessness in United States, the issue of "race" and hospitals. I try to tackle social relevant issues, that can also be social commentary. The themes that I choose may differ based on the subject that I want to portray. Sometimes I would just do work that's reminiscent of old masters.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process may differ for different subjects. Sometimes I work from life, sometimes from photos, sometimes from both. I usually get an idea in my mind of the theme that I want to portray, then I aim on portraying that theme with designing the composition. Getting a good idea is almost like an epiphany, there aren't many of them. I, however spend a large portion of the time executing the works, so they look equally as good from very close as well as graphically sound from far away.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I have many inspirations, but the biggest artist inspiration I would have to say is Michelangelo Buonarroti. He's really the reason why I became an artist. When I was maybe 3 or 4 years old, my father showed me his work in a book and I was completely blown away and confused on how something like that would be possible. This later turned into my obsession to try to aim at the quality that Michelangelo had produced in his work. I make art because I cannot not make art, it's a part of me
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I believe that what makes a great art would be all of the elements working together at the highest level: Composition/design, formal elements like color and tone, idea/concept, strong technique, and making the work graphically sound, so it is automatically recognizable, so it stays in the subconscious thoughts of the audience. What would later make the work "iconic" is really left up to chance, in which a million different things can occur.
What is the role of the artist today?
I think the role for each artist today is different because each person has their own objectives of why they do art. For me, personally, art is a way to express my ideas on important, sometimes timeless themes. I call my work "social commentary" instead of "political" because I believe that political work gets outdated pretty quickly, but social commentary can have timeless human condition themes in society, such as again the painting I did on the issue of race or the paintings about genocide.

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