Sinisha S. KASHAWELSKI

 

Born in 1969 in Kumanovo, Macedonia.

 

  • Finished a College of Applied Arts in Skopje, Macedonia, where he also graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts

  • A  member of   DLUM (National Artists   Association of Macedonia)

  • A  member of   ,, Societe des Artistes Francais"

  • A member of   ,, SOCIÉTÉ DU SALON D’AUTOMNE -Paris "

  • A member of     Académie des Arts-Sciences-Lettres de PARIS

  • A member of   "MONDIAL ART ACADEMIA"

  • An author of many individual projects and exhibitions in Macedonia and abroad

 

-  Awards:

    1998 -     "Konstantin Mazev‚‚      painting small format КИЦ Скопје                        

    2012 -     "Medaille de bronze ‚‚  Salon   des Artistes Francais /Grand Palais /Paris

    2013 -     "Medaille d`argent,,       Salon  des  Artistes Francais /Grand Palais /Paris

    2014 -     "Medaille d`or,,            Salon   des Artistes Francais /Grand Palais /Paris

    2015 -     "Medaille d`or,,              Salon  National des Beaux Arts   / Louvre / Paris

    2015 -     "Dimitar Kondovski"      DLUM (National Artist   Association of Macedonia)

    2016 -     ''Prix ADAGP ''                Le Salon des Beaux Arts   / Louvre/ Paris

    2016 -      1st PRIZE WINNER of PALM ART AWARD / Germany

    2017 -      1st Absolute Prize in the Paintings section / Marchionni Prize / Italy

    2017-       Kitz Award 2017  /  Austria

    2017-       International Prize Andrea Mantegna  / Mantova / Italy

    2018-      TOP 10 Artist of the Year    Award from Circle Foundation  /France 

    2018-       Winner of Art Expo Venice / Italy

    2018-       Giulio Cesare International Award​/ // SEGNALATI in Rome     

    2018-       Golden Medal of Merit and Contribution to Art in 2018 by French 'Société       Académique' Arts-Sciences-Lettres/ France

    2019-       Golden Medal in category "surrealism and symbolism"    awarded   by the Mondial Art Academia

    2019-       Golden Medal in   "all categories" awarded   by the Mondial Art Academia 

    2019-       "ISMAIL LULANI' International Award , Second Prize winner VIZart International Biennial "Self -Portrait " Tirana/Albania

    2020-       Winner in Oil Medium (Artist Category) , Jumbish World Art Competition 5.0 - Portrait theme / India

    2020-       Grand Winner (Artist Category),  Jumbish World Art Competition 5.0 - Portrait theme / India

    2020-       2ND PLACE-TIE  AMERICAN ART AWARDS 2020 /CATEGORY- POLITICAL COMMENTARY / USA

 

 

 

  

  

  • Commissioned to do a number of paintings for Museum of the Macedonian Struggle-Skopje  , Macedonia

  •    Commissioned to paint the ceiling of the National Theatre in Skopje Macedonia    

 

     - Lives and works as an independent artist in Saint-Paul-de-Vence - France  and  Kumanovo - Macedonia

 

 Artistic approach 

 

        -My art is predominantly based around surrealism, finely knitted with

motives  which come out from the reach Macedonian tradition. My works unite
elements structured of realism of the old masters coupled with surrealistic elements
structured around our past, present and future. Most of my works are done in
oil on canvas, however I do endeavour to use my skills in producing icons on
wood done in the very best traditional Byzantine style; something that is
still present and well preserved in my country. I also do mix media works
staging both traditionalism and surrealism.

 


 Critics

    Socialist realism, that developed in the third decade of the 20th century, embodied the official art of the Soviet Union and the socialist countries of Eastern Europe until the collapse of communism. This literary and artistic stream reflected the ideals of interdependence between practical and theoretical activity elaborated by Marx and Engels, who postulated an art faithful to social reality, developed from tangible values ​​and not from abstract ideals and capable, in turn, of creating concrete values. The main function of art was to celebrate socialist progress through recurring themes such as the class struggle, the alliance between peasants and workers, the history of the labor movement, the daily life of workers. Although Marx and Engels did not intend to reduce art to a pure tool of propaganda and controversy, these objectives have in fact oriented teaching in the Academies of Fine Arts for decades towards rigorous technical training and very rigid figurative and ideological standards. The consequences are still burning in the poetry of many contemporary artists originating in the geographical areas historically affected by the Communist Revolution, just think of the monographic project Subversion to Red of the Macedonian artist Nada Prlja presented at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale, a subversive return to the “forgotten” notions of idealism and ideology through the critical rereading of the postulates of Marxist theory and leftist thought.

This introduction frames the cultural background of the Macedonian Sinisha Kashawelski (1969, lives and works in Kumanovo), whose paintings combine Macedonian pictorial tradition and cultured quotes from the history of art with a perturbing surrealist style. In his paintings, made in oil on canvas (but occasionally on wooden boards such as the ancient icons of his native country), different styles and suggestions blend in intriguing dreamlike visions that look at art consecrated by history with extreme freedom. His recurring subjects are solitary human figures, most of which females, placed almost like mannequins in the midst of other elements that are part of the painter’s studio furnishings and which are recomposed in essential object theaters. The compositional structure of the paintings, characterized by tall and narrow formats and from a slightly lowered point of view, recalls the great religious paintings of the late Renaissance, when the niches of the polyptychs placed on the altars were inhabited by three-dimensional saints and blessed realistically, despite the overall symbolic idealization of the image. Even the characters of Sinisha Kashawelski stand in a hieratic frontal position like enigmatic idols stuck inside space of geometric sharpness, made incongruent by the recurring “vanishing” of the figures at the base as if the color melted or became fog, revealing illusory nature of the image.

The figures are characterized by the solemn gestures of sacred or regime painting and by peculiar object-attributes that once again recall the escamotages of figurative hagiography, in which the lives of the saints were synthesized by the objects that functioned as vehicles of their miracles and by martyrdom tools. In this case, the attributes are weapons (or things that are harmless as such), communist symbols (represented as objects or mimicked by the characters’ gestures), books and propaganda slogans, but also absurd elements taken from reality according to refined Magritian nonsense. This is a Picturesque cultural operation, in which these granite symbols of ideological power and strength crumble before our eyes becoming mere empty presences, almost toys that stage the story in the form of a puzzle, with the intent to unlock its true meaning.

The bright and crystalline light that plastically defines the characters and their objects in clear atmospheric tonalism triggers a suggestion of airiness. Still, there is nothing naturalistic about it, and everything lives in a purely mental dimension. The complex game of interrelations between symbolic elements, hyper-realistic punctiliousness, and lucid hallucinations, combined with the refined aesthetic irony, suggests that painting for Sinisha Kashawelski is also a staging of the very problem of the integrity of the plastic values of painting, conducted with an approach always in the balance between hedonistic and propagandistic vision. This research, which becomes a disturbing metaphor for the deceptive manifestations of history, leads him to create his pictorial idols with maniacal attention to detail, charged with symbolic intentions, whose reliability is, however, immediately contradicted by the aporias of the combinations between the various elements. The strange contamination between idealism, rationalism, and surrealism that results from it, arises in him as a reaction to a historical legacy he distrusts, but which he painfully feels like an indispensable part of himself.

In these enigmatic atmospheres, which arouse in the observer a feeling of waiting for who knows what development or an always denied ideological revelation, the artist’s fascination for the monodic theme of the idealized female portrait engages, an iconography that marks his style making it unmistakable. The maliciously angelic faces of his heroines express an intriguing sensuality in brazen contrast with the poses and attitudes that wink to those of the Madonnas and saints in the art history reinterpreted through the filter of socialist realism as ordinary people and workers. The exhausting beauty of these women, who Salvador Dali would have liked for their “dazzled and hallucinated by wax” quality, has fallen into a pseudo-mystical reverie capable of reinventing an entire formal tradition in terms of a hollow mystery, but at the same time to demystify the ideological significance of this cultural critique operation to a triumph of eroticism and desecrating irony.

  

                                                                                                                              Art Critic   Filippo Monelli

                                                                                                                              JULIET ART MAGAZINE 

                                                                                                                        

                                                                      https://www.juliet-artmagazine.com/en/sinisha-kashawelskis-socialist-surrealism/

    At the center of Sinisha Kashawelski's visual analysis, we find man and woman. 
Men and women, who have always been "investigated" in art. They are trans- formed 
into the representation of precise states of mind. In those I want to define his 
"whisperings of the soul", the artist bears witness to his most tacit emotions. The goal of 
art is to get excited and excited. The figures of Sinisha are living creatures. People who 
know the gardens of Eden, but at the same time sink into those infernal depths from 
which sooner or later we must go up. At the same time, the artist paints enig- matic 
figures that travel through new labyrinths of knowledge. Real visual enigmas d here by 
the artist. Enigmas whose solution lies in the genius of his mind. An artist able to 
delineate a path that has in the complexity of the sign its start ing point. A visual 
pentagram to be read with great care in order to catch the right shades. A new visual 
alphabet whose symbolism conceptually refers to the complex ity of the human intellect. 
Ideally the artist takes us back to the labyrinth of Knossos in which Theseus aims to 
unveil the enigma of the Minotaur. Kashawelski's painting is a painting that strongly 
screams its truths. A painting able to fascinate the distracted eyes of the spectator. His 
figures go to occupy the canvas with great sign and lin- guistic harmony. They are 
figures projected in silent settings, in a suspended time that come out with great force


                                                                                                  Salvatore Russo

                                                                                                     Art critic / Italy 

Painters Who Just Painted While The Art World Burned

Sinisha Kashawelski

                    “Art doesn’t give rise to anything in us that isn’t already there. It simply stirs our 
curious consciousness and sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.                                
” Kamand Kojouri
“I do not understand why, when I ask for grilled lobster in a restaurant, I'm never served a cooked 
telephone.” Salvador Dali
"One can show one's contempt for the cruelty and stupidity of the world by making of one's life a 
poem of incoherence and absurdity.” Alfred Jarry
Dali once said that it was because people love a good mystery that they like his paintings. It is 
also true that literal reality is just a meaningless bore without interpretation that creates a personal 
visual language unique to the artist, dreaming his own reality. For some, like Dali and other          
Surrealist painters, visual content should be an incoherent game , where the viewer connects    
symbolic dots, like a rebus, and finds meaning through a greater visual whole assembled with     
various incongruent parts. The narrative becomes a pure sound emanating from what can seem,  
on the surface ,as nonsensical cacophony. This is the painters realm of intuitive lateral thinking 
that offers an answer to the questions that literal reality asks.

            For Macedonian painter Sinisha Kashawelski, the act of painting is a magical journey 
where , when in tune with core human essence , powerful visual imagery can connect the viewer 
to things not easily readable through surface vision. Kashawelski uses the game of surrealism to 
paint iconic imagery relating to social and political issues. He creates a mystery to be uncovered , 
using intuitive perceptions based in factual inspirations. His paintings are almost always single 
figure portraits of subjects carrying a larger message than just themselves. 
Kashawelski defines his process.... "My themes are always different, and in the majority of the 
cases, they are in the function of my inner world. Every day brings a new theme, would it be in a 
form of a thought or a ray of light that penetrates through my soul. These components form the 
nucleus of what later develops as an idea that goes onto the canvas. This process has a strange 
and   unpredictable flow. The individual pieces of the mosaic are all into their place 
forming a harmony that can be visualized by the eye of the audience. Everything starts with some 
kind of provocation which develops a desire to entertain it. While working on the mental sketch I 
get engaged into some mystical world, which sometimes is hard to explain. The idea born drags 
you slowly in and it opens the ways that lead to the end of the journey. By the time that this magic 
is happening, if you feel your true emotions and you manage to connect with the unknown cosmic 
vibrations, you are on the path to get a good piece of painting "
Sinisha Kashawelski is a sensitive , insightful painter who is committed to bringing attention to 
human problems, by challenging the viewer to see or recognize the solutions. As a painter he       
follows creative instinct , knowing that transformation is the goal.

                                  
                                                                                                                             Alan Katz
                                                                                                                                Fine artist

 

 

 

   Poetic Symbolic Realism of Kashawelski

 

The exhibition of Sinisha Kashawelski is a result of the artistic practice of a time period fulfilled with hard work and dedication to his own concept. The rational act is a part of his temperament, while the knowledge of his artistic technique couldn't be acquired at  the Faculty of Art in Skopje because it comes out from his affinity and dedication to ‘serious’ art.

 

The central theme in his paintings is the human body, in particular the woman’s figure or act, whose visual meaning is complimented with a choice of elements from the author’s intimate world or they've universal symbolic register of presentation. Kashawelski paints applying a precise descriptive drawing. He insists onto the perfectionism of the detail and the serene harmony of the whole. These presentations of the human body with their plastic expression are a tool that gets the final result in a wider thematic contest. The body may get symbols of some worshiped subject and to manifest its ideal of beauty, always followed with some coded attributes of the material folkloric world and tradition. The invention is not only seen in the positions of the figures, but it is a base to the direction of the artist towards the interpretation of the human body and its sporadic elements which provide some other contest for different suggestions.

 

Kashawelski doesn't deform to become more expressive. He achieves the inner expression with a precise retelling and description which doesn't get away from the objective ‘ugly’ or ‘beautiful’ into reality. What happens to the space on the painting? Taking in consideration the central meaning of the motive,  spread in the middle of the painting, however decentralized with a ‘play’ of some other elements, the space is determined with the plainness of the background which is not empty because it is clearly determining all the relevant meaningful elements.  The figures are frontal. The plastic presentation of the  figure is sometimes combined with the flat forms of the clothing which differs from the presentation of the material objects. The figure is a center of the crystallization of his/her aesthetics and energy of expression, all followed with some ‘light’ esoteric suggestions. The figures are usually taken from the author’s close intimate world, and their preciseness ‘competes’ with the photography, however seen through the prism of a lyric experience. These aren't connected to the photo-realism, which by the way is a variance of the hyper-realism, nor to the stiff,  lifeless academism. We’re not trying to cite anything, but in these paintings a curious eye can see elements of the realism (Grant Wood, Wyeth and Odd Nerdrum), surrealism (not as much Dali as Margite), symbolism (Neo-classicism to Art Nuvo) and element of naturalism (a more serene variance compared to the one of Lucian Freud).

 

Kashawelski uses pretty known examples such are the iconoclastic presentations, however he is trying in these icon-o-graphic solutions to enter some new elements and meanings, giving it some unusual contest to his artistic presentations.

 

In his artistic allegories and symbolic presentations a particular place is given to the material requisites as well as the motives such’re apples, pomegranates, gold fish, sequel and hammer which are not carrying ideological or political message but are trying to catch a feeling of ironic interpretation of the well known themes or the sarcastic tone of the  ‘comics allegory’. The text of  ‘Vita Nuova’ of Virgil or ‘Leave the hope here...’ of Dante’s Inferno is actually an annunciation of the new cycle of paintings that will follow.

 

And for the end. Kashawelski makes some works against ‘the desert of the soul’, against ‘the death of the nature’,  answering the eventual question is there any sense to paint in this fashion. In Kashawelski’s paintings all is real and this is why he achieves an effect of i-reality, getting away from the ‘ugly preciseness’ of hyper-realism towards some art that even today is not anachronistic or surpassed. He is sharply, clearly and very openly composing his paintings and ‘gives’ and  ‘takes’ from the nature what she lacks, confessing a particular kind of Mediterranean symbolic realism.

 

                                                                                                                                                     Vladimir Velickovski

                                                                                                                                                             Art Critic

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