Sunday, December 14, 2008

LOOK: Neo-primitive artist, Nikolai Nedbailo from Moscow

I came across this artist while flipping through an old glasnost era magazine called Sputnik. Nedbailo used the awkward style of "naïve art" as a critique of Soviet realism. He celebrates common folk while satirizing bureaucrats and State officials. Accordingly, he was banished to Sibera during Soviet times. He finally found the freedom to pursue his work during Gorbachev's "open" years in the 80s.

Image 1: Ignat the Shepherd
Image 2: Small Talk
Image 3: Our People Make Merry
Image 4: Enemy of the People

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