Olga & Sergey KAMU
KAMU - a creative union of two artists, Olga and Sergey working under a pseudonym. Artists live in France.
Sergey is Ukrainian and Olga is Russian, born in Moscow. They work together under the pseudonym KAMU for more than 15 years.
Sergey was born in the city of Kharkov in 1959 , Ukraine, in the artist’s family.
From 1974 to 78 he studied at the Art school, from 1978 to 1983 - at the Academy of Art, Kharkov, Ukraine. From 1988 he is the Member of the Artists Union of Ukraine.
Olga and Sergey are the Members of the Artists Union of France. They live near Paris.
During his studies, Sergey discovered that he is color-blind, he excelled in drawing, engraving and etching during this period and built a successful career in drawing. His collaboration with Olga consists today of working together on every piece of art. Sergey makes preparative drawings in black and white, he draws the characters, subjects on gold leafs and adds engravings. Olga chooses and works with colors and also draws faces.
"Art of KAMU combines male and female - yin and yang, combines delicate feminine image with brutal scenes of battles or hunting. Yin - a passive, receptive, preserving, feminine world. Yan - is primarily active, pass, transforming, masculine world. Yin and Yang is quite natural complement each other, although in a sense opposed to each other. Through the medieval theme KAMU provided for the women most important role. Dreamer, it goes from the real men’s world to the world of her dreams. Contrast between drawings and delicate female body highlights the vulnerability and fragility of the model. Medieval stained glass windows and Renaissance portraits, murals fresques de Kvatrochentto and engravings by Durer, profiles on coins and reliefs of Gothic cathedrals, tapestries - had a tremendous impact in creating paintings. Strong influence on the work also had a style « modern », one of the main means of expression is ORNAMENT, the rejection of straight lines and angles in favor of more natural, "natural" lines, the combination of decorative and structural elements of the composition, dynamics and fluidity of form. Background art flatness, embroidered with fine patterns. Contrast to this background is illusory, volumetric interpret image - a woman’s face. Sergei, a fine artist and expert in art history, brings to these works the grafizm, creating a new visual language. Olga, being subtle colorist and, simultaneously, a model and muse, create in the paintings unique harmonious way. The eternal themes make these works timeless. "
V.A.Rotenberg, art critic
"All the times, the artists inspired with art created in the previous era. Roman art absorbed the aesthetics, techniques, images of art of Antic Greece. Renaissance art was created under the influence of Greece and Rome, Byzantium and the Early Renaissance. Gustav Klimt and Van Gogh absorbed and reinterpreted Japanese prints. Picasso created works under the influence of African sculpture and Russian icons. Strong influence on the Impressionists had the appearance of photography.
The paintings, which are created by artists also rich of the culture and art of the great eras. The works of KAMU giving us the image of a woman, lost in her reverie. The peculiarity of the technic of the artists is a unique technology of preparation of the canvas with the application of several layers of colors and wax, use of gold leafs and combinftion of acrylic and oil painting. "
AG Savitsky, art critic
Sergey’s graphic artworks are acquired by:
The State Art Museum of St. Petersburg, Russia;
The Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM, Perm, Russia;
The State Art Museum. N.V.Nesterova, Ufa, Bashkortostan;
The State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia;
The Museum of Tessé, Le Mans, France ;
The Museum of Moderne and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy ;
The State Art Museum, Kiev, Ukraine ;
The Museum of Modern Art, Kharkov, Ukraine ;
Malbork castle, Poland ;
The Museum of I.Ajvazovski, Feodosija, Ukraine ;
The Museum of A.Grin, Feodosija, Ukraine ;
The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine ;
The Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation ;
Art Foundation of Russian Federation ;