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Masha Vinogradova at Mitos Art Space

By Julliet Ramírez Hernández

Masha Vinogradova is a professional painter originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, who has been living in Mexico City for 17 years. She has accomplished individual and collective expositions in Mexico, Russia, Holland, Spain, England, Belgium, and Germany.

Masha Vinogradova
Fri, Sep 19, 3-6pm
Mitos Art Space (new location)
Calzada de la Estación 24
Studio 5
RSVP 152-2753

Figurative art, which searches to combine reality and the dream world. Figures, faces, and hands caught between a nonsense world and a new world of possibility, one that is far better, a world in which the joy of color and movement are not an illusion, but an exquisite and pristine reality.

The illustrative work of manners by Vinogradova could easily be placed in the 18th century, without encroaching upon the Neoclassical. “Enlightenment means the movement of man in order to lift mental puerility, of which he himself is guilty…” said Immanuel Kant. The art of Vinogradova, in a very personal way, magnificently illustrates this concept through her paintings. Folk art, unlike realism, which is closely related, does not perform an analysis of these practices and customs that are recounted; and therefore reason is a mere reflection, a portrait holding no opinion of these customs by which often one speaks of as “table manners” or “gender” to refer to any of these manifestations, usually pictorial. The concept applies to all of the arts; and so, we may speak of folklore as a form of manners. However, it has a cross-cut approach throughout the history of art, which can be presented in any time period, yet they tend to talk about everything to do with manners, speaking of melancholy and their lost peasant origins, the rural exodus to the city and certain traditional customs and values becoming lost or transformed. The paintings of Vinogradova show us a measured exposure, as she revives, after a not so naive reflection and a short but comprehensive analysis, these concepts within the body of her work.


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