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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Eugene Kuperman

1915 Oil on linen 30 x 40 in.
Eugene Kuperman was born in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1987 and now lives in Southern California. Since childhood, Eugene enjoyed drawing anything that inspired him. Eugene has been sketching since he was three years old and painting since he was seven. He has created over four hundred pieces and thousands of sketches. Eugene’s work is in many private collections including in a private collection of Robert Harris Rothschild who has many notable works in his collection by artists like Rembrandt, Chagall, Dali, Ernst, Lichtenstein, and many more. An art catalog came out in 2012 featuring many of those artists as well as the work commissioned from Eugene. From 2010 to his passing in 2014, Eugene Kuperman studied with a renowned Russian artist Leonid Steele whose works are in many museums in the world, including pieces in the notable Tretakov Gallery in Russia. One of Leonid’s former teachers was a student of a famous Russian landscape painter: Isaac Levitan and another teacher he had, was a student of the famous Russian artist: Ilya Repin.
Hospital Parking Lot Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.
Never Again Oil on linen 30 x 40 in.
Motherly Love - Oil on linen 18 x 24 in.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.
Peaceful Silence Interchangeable Triptych - Acrylic on canvas Side panels 24 x 18 in. Centre panel 24 x 36 in.

For Eugene, art is about inspiration. He has been exhibiting since 2006. In 2008, Eugene traveled for a study abroad trip to Paris, France to study the old masters from life at the Louvre. He was very much inspired by the Rubens room there as well as the two Michelangelo sculptures; Dying Slave and Rebellious Slave. Another piece that left an impression on Eugene was Theodore Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa. In October 2017, Eugene Kuperman traveled to Italy to study the great Italian Renaissance and Baroque masters. He’s witnessed the greatest works by Michelangelo first hand, such as Statue of David, St.Peter’s Pieta, Sistine Chapel, Tomb of Pope Julius II, Doni Tondo, Pieta Palestrina, the unfinished Slave sculptures, Dome of St.Peter’s Basilica and more. Michelangelo serves as his greatest inspiration for his incredible sense of design and composition. Since late 2014, early 2015, Eugene took a new direction in art. He took upon himself to create works of social commentary which to any extent educate, enlighten, and promote change in society. Eugene Kuperman is a listed artist and his work has been published in various art books, magazines, and newspapers.

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