Along the oceanfront of a seaside town, flower vendors sell hopes, dreams, recollections and symbols of love. The summer night is hot and filled with humidity. Suddenly, the expectation becomes frozen, and for a brief moment, the flowers strongly expose their scent and tenderness. I once painted an image with roses, and would take great pleasure in revealing it to my audience. They were only allowed a quick peek, but the robust smell of roses would remain in the room. Although the audience was impressed, I was not yet satisfied. I had captured the smell, sight and touch, but not the taste or sound of the painting. With Seller of a Green Tulip, I felt that I had finally conveyed all five senses.
At first glance, the modern expressionistic work of Victor Lysakov might invoke an unexpected reaction - curiosity, mystery and even fear. But after closer inspection, the eccentric becomes extraordinary and the weird, wonderful. Lysakov challenges the viewer to conquer their fear paintings should not be scary. They merely depict life, he says. Sometimes the scariest things in life are the most trivial ones.Lysakov is celebrated for his vibrant, unmistakable colors and his distinct color palette. His contemporary motifs include creatures, figures, animals and nature. Each painting is its own unique creation and exudes a certain depth. New or seasoned, trusting or suspicious, frightened or fearless one can never grow bored with Lysakovs paintings. Born in Siberia in 1952, Lysakov discovered his artistic talent at a young age. It was when I was six years old that I realized, for the first time, that the most natural and the most fitting way for me to carry on a conversation with the world was through the visual language. In early adulthood, Lysakov veered off the creative path and focused on a more traditional education engineering. In 1975, he earned his MS in Physical Chemistry from Moscow State Institute of Steel and Alloys. In the decade following, he established a successful career in various military machine building plants. At one time, he was even accountable for over 700 employees under his command. In 1984, he attained his Ph. D. in Technical Sciences from Lomonosov State Institute of Fine Chemical Technology in Moscow. But it was his conviction to art that brought him back to his craft full-time. He began experimenting first with watercolor, but now paints almost exclusively with oil or acrylic on canvas. Though never classically trained, Lysakov studied Rembrandts and Bryullovs techniques. A self-taught artist, he read books incessantly, and spent hours upon hours in museums.In 1987, he became a founding partner of the first truly independent artists union, Arbatr. He created history again in 2001 when, for the first time, a graduate student dedicated her entire masters thesis to a living artist. Lysakov has enjoyed a quick rise in the international art world, and is particularly renowned in Russia and Europe. He has participated in several prestigious exhibitions and auctions in Russia, Germany, France and Italy and was named one of The Best European Artists in 1991. Now, Lysakov is pleased to formally introduce his work to the American public. He has a vast personal collection, but only a select 40 paintings will be immediately available for sale. They range in image size from a humble 14x14 to a majestic 58x50. All are offered at an extremely low edition size of 395 Gicle Canvas Prints and 30 Artist Proofs. In addition to a triumphant military career and flourishing artistic profession, Lysakov has achieved success in his personal life as well. He has upheld a solid marriage to his wife, Elena, for over 30 years. They both currently work and reside in Moscow and have a grown son named Constantin.