1. Where were you born and where are you from ?
I was born in a small Russian village.
Now I’m living in St. Petersburg.
2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?
When I was 13 my mother took me to the Hermitage, one of the biggest museums in St. Petersburg, it is so huge and at that time it seemed to me so boring that I fell asleep sitting on a museum attendant’s chair.
3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?
Yes! I’ve finished an art school then I went to university to study architecture, design and 3d design.
4. What led you to the design creation ?
Desire to create, not to consume
5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?
My creative process is directly related to 3d. First, I draw some forms by hand on paper, then I move on to modeling, then I do test renders, then I leave this form for a while and then come back, sometimes when I return, I see that this work is not worth continuing or vice versa, I see how to do it even better.
6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?
Actually, nothing special. Most of the time I’m at a computer because my main job is 3d design. Also there are a lot of papers on my desk which I draw and make sketches on first after that I start modeling. It’s very convenient because you can jot down ideas and forms that come to my mind not to forget. It’s the same with commercial projects and my own. There is always some movie, live stream or just music in the background.
7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?
Fur, combined with a simple and massive shape, makes you want to touch and feel small and in complete comfort. Such an object evokes emotions and is beautiful, this is really all that is needed. All modern designers move away from function and meaning, focusing on emotions and beauty. The exact same thing is happening now in music.
8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?
There are no special features. As a rule, I always use simple shapes and materials. I only focus on beauty and emotion.
9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?
You must constantly develop your taste, watch a lot of designers, artists look for other sources of inspiration. In the modern world, all you need to do is download pinterest and instagram. As for the creation process itself, you must master the skills of 3d modeling and rendering, so that you can accurately convey exactly what you want. I think it’s a mistake to delegate the modeling process to someone else, so that he does everything according to your sketch, for example. It’s almost like asking someone to draw a sketch for you. But the rendering process already needs to be left to professionals.
10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?
Honestly I do not know. Difficult question.
11. What designers have influenced you ?
Philippe Malouin, Martin Masse, Yakusha Victoriya, Alina Mehrle (Asthetique group), Rick Owens, Kelly Wearstler, Francesco Balzano
Raphael Raffel, Pierre Paulin, Jean prouve, Oscar Niemeyer
12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?
Too many of them. Lots of talented designers
13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?
Christiane Spansgsberg, Daniel Arsham
14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?
15. Is there anything you would like to add ?
I want to add beauty to this world
Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
(The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5. Which living person do you most admire?
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
Food and clothing
7. What is your current state of mind?
Busy with questions
8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
9. What is the quality you most like in a man?
10. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I want to eat. Beautiful. Not Beautiful
12. Which talent would you most like to have?
Do not sleep
13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Nose. It is very big
14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I think it’s still ahead
15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Pistachio without cracks
16. Where would you most like to live?
17. What is your most treasured possession?
18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Pistachio without cracks
19. What is your favorite occupation?
20. What is your most marked characteristic?
Guy with a big nose
21. What do you most value in your friends?
22. Who are your favorite writers?
Dostoevsky, Ray Bradbury
23. Who is your hero of fiction?
24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I don’t know
25. Who are your heroes in real life?
People helping animals
26. What are your favorite names?
Raphael, Takeshi, Ada
27. What is it that you most dislike?
28. What is your greatest regret?
29. How would you like to die?
In a dream from old age
30. What is your motto?
Do well, it will be fine