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UNTIL NOVEMBER 2017

40+ paintings in CIBanco #25 San Francisco, zona centro, San Miguel de Allende

UNTIL OCT 15, 2017

Museum of the City of Durango presents: Three Artists Celebrate Mexico.  Bordelo Galeria, Organos 19, Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende

OSTA‘s unique style is the result of extensive experimentation coupled with careful observation. His range is impressive. His magical realism work documents his inner states: emotions, thoughts, and feelings. His landscapes and portraits record his travels and the people around him. The work often speaks powerfully and directly, resonating with the very core of the human being. The paintings seem to transcend physicality of reality and reach into deeper spiritual dimensions of existence.

Adriana Conconi, Arte Italia Cultura

Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Andrew Osta now resides in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
His work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions, including museum exhibitions in Italy and Mexico.

OSTA

2017

Solo Museum Exhibition in the Museum of the City of Durango, Durango, Mexico
Solo Exhibition at “Aldama Gallery” San Miguel de Allende
Solo Exhibition at “Connexion Aurora Gallery” San Miguel de Allende

2016

Solo Exhibition in Charlotte Gallery, Menton, France
Museum Exhibition at Templar Museum, San Remo, Italy
Joint Exhibition with accomplished French painter Jaro Slavko
Group Exhibition in Palazzo del Senato, Milano, Italy

 

2015

Visits to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Geneva, Dusseldorf.
Artist Residency in Switzerland.
Exhibitions in France and Switzerland.
Portrait of Prince Albert of Monaco.
10 Year Retrospective Exhibition.

 

2014
Published second book, “Walk in the Light: Holy Wisdom for Modern Times”
Exhibition at Toller Cranston gallery.
Visits to Madrid, Barcelona, Nice, Monte Carlo, San Remo, Pisa, and Florence.
Married Ninfa Cuervo

 

2011 – 2013
Relocation to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Mentorship under Toller Cranston.
Numerous solo and group exhibitions in Mexico.
Close friendships with renowned artists: Toller Cranston, Marion Perlet, Bruce Stuart, E.C. Bell, Keith Keller, and many others.
First visit to Italy.

 

2010
Published “Shamans and Healers: The Untold Ayahuasca Story”
Recorded and published Original Music CD, “Dimension Dream.”
Solo and group exhibitions in Toronto and Hamilton.
Visit to Guatemala.
Renunciation of Shamanism

 

2009
Guest speaker at “The Art and Heart of Healing” conference in Peru.
Joint exhibition with the late Pablo Amaringo in Iquitos, Peru.
Visits to Paris, Dublin, Kiev, Colombia and Brazil.
Shamanic apprenticeship in Peru

 

2008
Helped develop the first “Healing and Counseling Through Art” program in Canada.
Worked as assistant art therapist.
Exhibitions in Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Toronto.
Visit to Peru.

 

2007
Exhibitions in South Korea: Seoul and Cheonan.
Guest speaker: “Automatic Subconscious Creation,” Cheonan, South Korea
Visit to Osaka, Japan

 

2006
Graduated with top honors from the University of Toronto.
Exhibitions in Hamilton, Dundas, Toronto.
Visits to New York and Mexico
Exhibitions in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Guest speaker at McMaster University.
Radio interview with on McMaster Radio.

 

2005
Began to draw (pen and ink) and paint (pastels)

 

2002
Began writing poetry, songs, and music.

 

1994
Immigrated to Canada.

1982
Born in Kiev, Ukraine.

2017
Museo del Pueblo, Durango, Durango, Mexico
The Gallery, San Miguel de Allende
Avalon Gallery, Marin County, CA

2016

Charlotte Gallery, Menton, France.
Hotel des Anglais, San Remo, Italy.
Russian Bistro, San Miguel de Allende
Studio Andrew Osta, San Miguel de Allende

2015

Shelter Theater, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Casa de Europa en Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Casa Jean Binet, Trelex, Switzerland
Hecho en Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Casa de Europa en Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Bordello Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2014

Toller Cranston Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
“Sharon de Jardines Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Dolce Far Niente, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
La Biblioteca, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Bordello Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
The Word, Kerrville, Texas
Casa Esperanza, Oaxaca, Mexico

2013

Instituto de Arquitectura de la Ciudad de Mexico CAM-SAM., Mexico D.F.
El Syndicato, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Bordello Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
La Biblioteca, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2012

Ideas, Xalapa, Mexico
La Biblioteca, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Galeria Bella Epoca, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2011

The Engine Gallery, Toronto, Ontario Canada
The Divine Touch, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Arts Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Volunteer Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

2010
Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sunrise Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
The Print Studio, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Gallery 4, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

2009
Intolerant Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
The Freeway, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Hamilton Artists Inc, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
ICAA, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2008
Liuna Center, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunrise Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Mentor Gallery, Cheonan, South Korea
Gallery 4, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

2007
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Parker Pearce Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Moonbean Cafe, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2006
Victory Café, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Charlotte Gallery, Menton, France
Palazzo del Senato, Milan, Italy
Jaro Slavko Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Mon Bistro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Hecho en Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Casa de Corazon, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
La Tienda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Salon Andre Pascal, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2015
Bordello Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Contemporary Art Gallery Relox 46, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Casa Corazon, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2014

Toller Cranston Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Hercules, Queretaro, Mexico
Rosewood Hotel, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
10th International Shamanism Conference, Iquitos, Peru

2013

El Castillo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Casa Canal, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2012

El Castillo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Punto Fijo Galeria, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Hercules, Queretaro, Mexico

2011

Punto Fijo Galeria, Mexico, D.F., Mexico
Hotel Real de Minas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Intolerant Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
7th Annual Amazonian Shamanism Conference, Iquitos, Peru.
Sunrise Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

2010

6th Annual International Shamanism Conference, Iquitos, Peru
Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2009

Global Citizenship Conference, McMaster University, Canada
5th Annual International Shamanism Conference, Iquitos, Peru
Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2008

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Liuna Center, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sabawoon, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Centre for Immigrant Arts and Culture, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

2007

Art in The Ghetto, Seoul, South Korea
High Park Art Tour, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Canada
Hamilton City Hall, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

2006

Hamilton Central Library, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Parker Pearce Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario, Canada


Creation of a Painting (22 minute video)

Every one of the paintings began in the same way – I applied paint to the canvas without the slightest idea of what I would paint. As I covered the canvas with color, forms began to emerge, and I brought out whatever I saw, emphasizing certain things and erasing others. In some of the paintings, the forms and the colors changed multiple times. Faces turned into flowers, into fish, into animals, leaves, and so on. The thickness of the paint will tell you a lot about whether the painting went through significant modifications as I worked on in. In other paintings, things came together from the very start, and you can see that the paint is thin.

As to what each painting means, it is similar to interpreting a dream. In a way, my paintings are created in the process of conscious dreaming. I participate in the selection of colors, choosing them to my liking, but the shapes often take form during a process of free-association, similar to an ink blot that “looks like” some recognizable form. Thus, I see various forms in the blots of paint. Then, I just bring out what I see.

In my earlier works, I used to paint whatever I saw without any kind of filtration system in place, but I am now more selective about the forms I bring out. I only want to bring out positive and life-affirming images now. If I begin to see a disturbing image, I usually just paint it over and look for something else to come through.

In retrospect, my paintings reflect my inner world through symbolism. If a painting takes two weeks to paint, that painting captures my main emotions, thoughts and ideas during that two-week period.

Other people may understand my work in an entirely different manner than I do, and that is completely alright with me. I do not think that there is only one correct interpretation of my paintings – they are so multi-layered that in most cases, a single interpretation is simply impossible. As the eye travels over the canvas, the mind can come up with many interpretations, or perhaps no interpretation whatsoever. Sometimes, I do not understand the meaning of my forms and symbols, but the composition, the colors, the balance, and the feel of the painting are intuitively known by me to be right. When this happens, I call a painting “finished”.

I am fascinated with the creative process, and continuously push the boundaries of my own artistic experience to go into previously uncharted territory. In 2011, this means drastically changing my subject matter.

From 2005 to 2010, I had been creating narratives with my paintings, where each work was a complex and involved story, similar to a profound dream, open to the individual interpretation of the viewer. My narratives always contained hidden elements that are not noticeable during a casual viewing. Therefore, each of my early paintings and drawings asks for a certain amount of time and attention from the viewer before revealing itself completely.

When I paint, I follow a process of visual free-association. As a result, most of my paintings reflect my life-situation and emotional state at the time. How abstract or concrete this reflection is depends on how I feel, but also on how comfortable I am discussing my subject matter.

I have always felt that an artist is an extremely sensitive being, who is aware of things which most other people simply do not notice. The artist is like a mirror that reflects the things in front of it, and my work has been focused on reflecting my own perceptions of everything within me and around me.

An artist always perceives things differently from “normal” people, and each artist shares his or her perception with the world, so that anyone can step into the artist’s shoes and see the world through his or her eyes. A true artist must make his or her life into art, so that the beauty of that life can be reflected to others.

If I have a day when I have created something – a song, a painting, or something else that didn’t exist yesterday, I am happy. If I pass a day without creating anything, it is a lost day to me. I will not even remember it. It might as well have never happened.

In painting, I constantly study. I study relationships between colors, juxtapositions of elements, perspective, and so on. I would like my art to be both accessible to people with no art background, and to possess enough artistry to be appreciated by the experts.

I keep trying to express feelings, thoughts, and perceptions for which I have no words. Sometimes, these expressions include a complex dream-like symbolism that even I can’t understand. A lot of my work speaks on a subconscious level.

The artist has to figure out what is most important in any given painting, and make everything else submit to that. The next color that goes on the canvas depends on what is already there. The harmony of the whole is most essential!

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