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Alex Shabatinas was born in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania. His current residence has been in New York City since 1999. Associates members: "Audubon Artist, Inc" (New York), "Society for Art of Imagination" (London, England), "Williamsburg Art & Historical Center" (New York). He is internationally well known and his works are in the hands of private collectors from more that twenty countries. His list of patrons include: H.R.H. Charles, the Prince of Wales; former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan and Nobel Peace Prize recipient and final President of the U.S.S.R., Mikhail Gorbachev.

Recently, the artist successfully in Sotheby's Internet Art Auction where he sold fifty-one paintings. This was an unprecedented amount for Sotheby's.

My Artist Statement

My paintings represent a synthesis of two divergent directions: surrealism and reality. All of my works are improvisations on an undefined theme.

When beginning a new piece, my imagination takes over and I randomly place my paints on the canvas. As a result, a new work is born. I fell this way of working is true creativity. It is not the thoughtless copying or imitation of known "Masters of Brush".

I purposely do not give any special title to my paintings, only sequential numbers. By doing this, I give to the viewer freedom of interpretation and the privilege to choose his own title for the painting. My intention is to force the viewer to get intimately in touch with his own inner reality and find something truly his own. I like to call this process an "Initiation into the Mystery".

Everything that is shown in paintings: things, people, places and the spectrum of hues used; may be called “Subconscious projection”. This is the world of emotions, of a life lived despite the pain of loss and the sorrow of a happening that did not happen. To say it simply: "this is the life of man and his inner world".

During past five years I created five cycles of artistic works consisting of twelve paintings each. They are entitled: “Vision”, “Dream”, “Genesis”, “Dreamland”, “Time” and “Tale”. At present, I am working on new cycle entitled: “Still Life”, "Narration".

My Location

I am located in Jamaica, New York.

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