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Ivan Alifan

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Birthplace
Russia

Birth year
1989

Lives in
Toronto

Website

Schools
The Ontario College of Art and Design, 2013, BFA

Tags
conceptual, figurative, traditional, realism

Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2014 U: An exhibition of contemporary portraiture
The Unit London
 
Sep, 2014 Stranger Than Fiction
Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 529 W. 20th
 
Statement

This series is an exploration of the modern gaze; of ambiguous figurative paintings that are revealed and transformed within the act of the individuals' views. These portraits are not an attempt to render physical characteristics  but rather create a language of underlying sexual subtexts. Using ambiguity as a tool demands the viewer's exploration of their psyches and provokes self awareness.

            To have a painting that can exist as an alluring object and shift into an eroticized figure disarms and naturalizes the modern gaze; decriminalizing sex in art. Whether an individual sexualizes the figure, or becomes embarrassed and nervous by the mere suggestion, this is all a process which occurs independently from the painting. Breaking down barriers of the different modes in which the body can exist in social spheres and contemporary art.

Awards:

2013 Mercedes Benz Financial Scolarship Award

2013 OCAD University Medal

2013 Winner Art Project emerging artist award

2012 Hermitage Museum residency in St.Petersburg Russia.

2012 OCADU Off-Campus Program Florence, Italy. 

Recent Exhibits

Ivan Alifan participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2013 FACE TO FACE
Edward Day Gallery
 
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The Unit London Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 529 W. 20th
Edward Day Gallery
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