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Retro Kolkata Exclusive : Interview with Photorealistic Artist Elizaveta Poluyanskaya from Russia

Poluyanskaya Elizaveta is a Russian artist who specializes in photorealistic art. Photorealism is a movement that heavily depends on using photographs as a reference for the work. Artists use the photographs of real-life places or structures and recreate them onto a canvas with exceptional accuracy and precision. Through her art, Elizaveta portrays how truly beautiful this world is as well as the people who reside in it.

Retro Kolkata : First of all, thanks a lot for accepting our invitation for an interview. it’s a great pleasure to have you as our Guest. Let’s start from the first question… Let's jump into the past. Do you remember your first interaction with art? When did you decide you wanted to become an artist?

Elizaveta : I got acquainted with art in childhood when I saw a painting (landscape) in the apartment where I lived, and it inspired me to become an artist. And it was an adult, conscious decision, which I recall vividly even though I was only three years old at the time.

Retro Kolkata : What role does drawing have in your creative process and what’s in your sketching “toolkit” right now?

Elizaveta : I use the drawing to think about a new picture, as well as at the beginning of drawing a large hyper-realistic picture. I always first thoroughly draw all the details of the picture with a pencil. I use either black graphite or charcoal pencils for sketching.

Retro Kolkata : What do you consider to be the ingredients for a strong composition?

Elizaveta : For a complete composition, the compositional center should always be highlighted in the drawing - what will attract the viewer in the picture in the first place. But at the same time, all the other parts of the picture should be balanced with each other, there should be harmony in the picture.

Retro Kolkata : How has the public reception been for Realist art?

Elizaveta : I think that the public likes realistic art, because it is very clear and pleasing to the eye, because it reflects reality, and can also show what an artist is capable of in his skill.

Retro Kolkata : Your pieces are incredibly detailed. How long does it take to create a single piece and what is the process like?

Elizaveta : Thank you. Yes, I like detail in my work, one big job takes from two weeks to two months. I love this process of detailing, for me it's a kind of meditation, I seem to disappear from the real world at these moments.

Retro Kolkata : Can you tell us about some of your great paintings like ‘Pleasure’, ‘Temptation, ‘Magnificence’ that looks more real than a photograph?