Still Life II ,
painted wood, painted glass bottle, industrial paint can
Still Life with Different Landscapes and Tea Aviv ,
oil on plywood
Defender of the Magic Forest (from "Pinocchio") ,
Oil on plywood
Vadim Stepanov was born in 1969, in the former Soviet Union. In the age of 16 he started to work as an apprentice in Leonid purygin's studio in Moscow. In 1991, Stepanov immigrated to Israel and became a prominent artist.
His exceptional use of wood and choice of palette along with his unique painterly technique and mastery of the brush make this fascinating artist a unique phenomenon in the local art world. Stepanov’s strive for perfection in every brush stroke is instantly recognized and is apparent in his drawings and sculptures alike.
The themes used in Stepanov’s work are all foreign to the Israeli ethos. By using Russian icons, Christian and North European pagan mythologies, he manages to create an inner world, where fantasy and reality become one. A world of dreams and nightmares in which forms seem to flicker and change before our eyes.
Stepanov in his work gives us a glimpse to his own self conscious and while some of his work may seem humoristic to some viewers it holds certain observations of the surrounding world and brings to mind the artist’s own misgivings. The central figures occupying his works are usually animals dressed in colorful fabrics surrounded by small naked figures occupied in numerous activities, bringing to mind Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. The scenery in Stepanov’s drawings is usually inspired by landscapes from his childhood memories from Russia.
Vadim Stepanov's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world including the Jewish Museum, Vienna, Bernard Galley, Tel Aviv and Tarteikov Museum, Moscow, Museum of Russian Art, Israel.