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Ivan Alifan

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The Ontario College of Art and Design, 2013, BFA

conceptual, figurative, traditional, realism


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.


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:

Nov, 2015 Paintguide
Unit London
Sep, 2014 U: An exhibition of contemporary portraiture
The Unit London
Sep, 2014 Stranger Than Fiction
Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 529 W. 20th
Oct, 2013 FACE TO FACE
Edward Day Gallery
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