Virtual Insanity, oil and mixed media on panel

Safia Archer’s weekly arts diary – 

Father, husband and artist, Russian-born Ilya Volykhine started to paint seriously in 1995 in New York City.

Communist Russia did not have room for a career as an artist, but the vibrant artistic community he moved to brought colour to canvas.

Unique and endearing, his works capture moments from everyday life –  a picnic, a commute, a seemingly trivial home scene, imbued with personality through colour, space, collage and form.

Since moving to New Zealand in 2009, Waiheke-based Ilya has exhibited throughout New Zealand in both solo and group exhibitions. His current solo collection Inhabited is at Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art in Newmarket this month. 

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