Dmitry Filatov

Young, but professional. Of little experience, but of great talent. Never the same and always congenial. Always with you and forever apart from everything.
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Dmitry Filatov
There is, of course, no thing insulting in the way to determine the «genesis» of artist's own creativity manner. It is not necessary to know that Dmitry Filatov's father, George Filatov, is too an artist, but once having this in mind, it is natural to start building matches and making comparisons. Especially so, since Dmitry Filatov is also a «seeker», who's granted with amazingly sharp sense of beauty. This gift paradoxically but, in fact, very naturally coincides with his passion for experiment and investigation – theoretical and abstract and yet implied practically in his paintings.

Some watercolors seem marvelous and amazingly modern expression of the ancient Chinese and Japan art, in the author's interpretation. They are equally featured by laconism, exquisite of the shapes and meaningfulness. Such are «Irises» or «The Nest», for instance. However, such the symbolic «abstraction», being so exquisite, obviously does not satisfy the artist. Perhaps this is the reason for anxiety and tension in those woks.

But more often the poetics of Dmitry Filatov could well be considered as the poetics of the Big City, gigantic megapolis filled with a roam and action. That could possibly be Kiev. «Possibly» - is because the city seen and created by the artist is many times bigger. Anyhow it is always named simply as «My City».

Glorifying his unnamed Megapolis, Dmitry Filatov equally excited by the shine of its profile highways, by the hidden life of its small streets, and at last, by the bleak of its outskirts, where wires pull and trains run…. This Big City is not only the inexpiable source of scenarios, sometimes figured out in a logic novel, sometimes cut on the short («Pelevin. Yellow Arrow.», «Cabaret.», «Red Flowers»). It is keeping its numerous secrets, sometime complete mystical. You would have said it is a real «shelter for the devilry», if neglecting the angels, who happen here just as often as its much more malignant dwellers. Even devilry in the contemporary Megapolis is becoming indeed modern, almost ordinary. In general, the angels are free to go to the café («Angels drinking a cup of tea.»). In turn, devils as they ought to, do prefer more spooky places, with main attributes of the open bottle and the bare bulb under the ceiling.

The life at the Megapolis, as it must be, is running rapidly. Feeling not simply the rhythm, but even the very nerve of this mad and often senseless race, Dmitry Filatov still remains a contemplator. He is managing to keep himself inside the situation, and outside of it simultaneously. He does seemingly not loose anything, but what is important – does not loose the main thing.

Another thing is amazing – being confessor to the subject, Dmitry Filatov examines his paintings as a kind of «theoretical» exercise. Masterful overcoming the thinnest nuances of the human's soul is unified with the impartiality of the mathematical task, given to the artist by himself, and brilliantly resolved. This peculiarity of the artistic manner is found in almost every work of Filatov, but especially obvious in his most marginal paintings: «Blue and Yellow activated», «News», «Bird and Dynamics». The problems influencing the artist are primeval: the static and the dynamics, the line and the spot, the expression of the color. In some of his works he works some of his task's aspects («23») through, in the others – provides a sort of synthesis of the observations made and the results achieved («Demons of the Earth»). However, the time for the final works of Filatov have not come so far.


Dmitriy Filatov was born in Kiev, at the 15th of November I the artist's family (father – well known painter George Filatov)
He started doing sketching first in the children studio (1981-1986)
and further in the junior's artistic school (1986-1990).
Then 2 years of attending the facultative course of the Kiev manufacturing and artistic technical school (presently – institute of design and decorative – application art by the name of I. Boychuk), where he was studying from 1993 to 1997 on the department of design and interior. He never worked for his specialty, and never worked at all, though.
1997 – married
1998 – was painting in he different studias, started exhibiting works at the artistic salons and at street exhibitions.
1997-2000 – was doing computer graphics, logos, book and magazines overlooks. Photography.
1999 – personal exhibition in the «Water colors' gallery, Kiev
2000 – each day street exhibitions
2000 – permanent Internet exhibition at the Kiev art gallery
2000 - personal exhibition in the «Water colors' gallery, Kiev
2000 – personal exhibition in the gallery of Culturelogical center of Ukraine. Exhibition came under the name: «Three Suns» Kiev. Presented 150 works, none of which never was understood.
2000 – permanent sale exhibition at
2000 – exhibition at the Internet site of the Moscow gallery of conceptual art
2000 – personal exhibition in Munich. Germany.
2000 – participation in the exhibition «Art Manezh 2000.» Moscow.
2000 – daughter birth

Dmitry Filatov lives now in Kiev.
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