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Ivan Alifan

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Its not milk, 2013 Oil on Canvas 72 " by 48"
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Ceramic Skin, 2013 Oil on Canvas 60" by 48"
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Obedient Wife, 2013 Oil on Canvas 60" by 48"
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Porcelain Skin, 2013 Oil on Canvas 60" by 48"
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 529 W. 20th
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Russia
Birth year
1989
Lives in
Toronto
Schools
The Ontario College of Art and Design, 2013, BFA
Tags
realism, traditional, figurative, conceptual
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.