Yevhenii Shapovalov is a Ukrainian graphic designer and painter based in Chernihiv. Born in 1986 in the city of Simferopol in Crimea, Shapovalov was raised by a family of artists.
Classically trained in painting, Shapovalov’s techniques range broadly from photo realism to abstract slashing pastel marks. Active participant of regional and national exhibitions, projects, plein airs. Works in various genres: still life, landscape, nude, abstraction, portrait.
Classically trained in painting, Shapovalov’s techniques range broadly from photo realism to abstract slashing pastel marks. Often in his work, these techniques are combined in a fascinating melange somewhat reminiscent of David Salle.
The brilliant Oberig (2022) is exemplary of Shapovalov’s unique eye and his mastery of the craft. What appears from afar to be a collage is actually carefully layered paint, a
combination of two parts of a face and an array of abstractions. As with all of Shapovalov’s work, the texture is essential in Oberig – it’s just as important to view the work from the side as it is straight on. Abstract forms and fine detailed painting do not simply coexist on the canvas, they collide and blend together. Painstaking attention to detail leads to a stunning portrait of a man, perhaps trapped, perhaps afraid, but certainly confrontational in his gaze.