Digital print face-mounted to Diasec
59 × 118.1 in
150 × 300 cm
"In themes and motives of his work Stepan Ryabchenko always gravitates to the fundamental - mythology, spirituality, nature. He is worried about epic heroes, religious subjects, and natural elements. Often the work's subjects are fictitious plants and animals - surrealist forms of life, existing according to their own laws in the world created for them by the artist. And the world itself is a match for them. Virtual landscapes where Ryabchenko unfolds characters stories is a whole alternative reality, a self-sufficient multidimensional digital space.
Abounding with strange inhabitants, the landscapes themselves are minimalistic and spacious - a pure canvas for the demiurge, the embodiment of the vastness and limitless possibilities of consciousness that can fill (or not) the available space with anything. Bright contrasting colours or light translucent haze, dawn, twilight or sunny midday, life riot or perfect desolation - in any form and condition the landscape in Stepan Ryabchenko's works is full of vitality. His landscapes look like world fragments full of hopes and expectations, just beginning to be created and filled with meanings.
The world appearance, in its almost naive primordial nature, is far from being entirely urban, technogenic, despite its technological digital origin. A virtual utopia, where prosperity and harmony reign, not knowing the interventions, smoothly emerging from the ocean of possibilities." — Natalia Matsenko, art critic
Stepan Ryabchenko is an artist for whom digital tools have become fundamentals for his artistic works and projects. Combining figurative and abstract futuristic language, he creates large scale digital prints and computer animation, which become "fragments" of the virtual universe he designed. Often the subjects of the image are imaginary plants and animals – the surrealistic appearance of the life form, existing according to the laws of the world created for them by the artist. The virtual landscapes in which Ryabchenko unfolds the stories of the characters are a self-sufficient multidimensional digital reality. Despite its technological digital origin, the appearance of this space is far from all urban and man-made. In his other works, Stepan Ryabchenko explores digital “antiheroism” by visualizing computer viruses. Using one of the components of the technogenic development of mankind as a tool, the artist appeals to the topic of human relations with the virtual and natural environment.
Stepan Ryabchenko's works have been exhibited at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Saatchi Gallery in London, Krolikarnia in Warsaw, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Manege and Gostiny Dvor in Moscow, in particular. His works have also been exhibited in many places in Ukraine, including PinchukArtCentre, Mystetskyi Arsenal, National Art Museum, M17 Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Odessa Modern Art, Modern Art Research Institute, etc.