by M. Berger
I asked Nadia: "What stimulates you to create?"
"Beauty. I'm a cosmopolitan - love America, NYC and South Florida. Never was in California."
"What makes you mad?"
"Stupidity - fools do not let you work, and after they expect gratitude."
"What is your dream?"
"To live in the world where there are no fools or ... crooks, which is probably impossible, I'd like to get back to that state of mind, where I was before I met several American "high and dry" brainless, poor or rich swindlers and sex-maniacs, who decided that they have rights to possess and own my art works. They have lost their ties with reality, and are so far away from the arts. They are stuck in their world of the dirty and crooked manipulations.
Meeting those creatures has prevented me from taking brush in my hands for four years. I am simply shocked. Never thought such people exist. I read some novels when in Moscow. Now I had met those characters in New York City and FLA. These crooked, greed obsessed characters have a wide range from the elderly, with artificial organs who lives their last years, to those who are younger, and run several restaurants and build buildings in Manhattan. This experience reminds me John Landis' great comedy "Coming to America," the moment when Prince [Eddie Murphy] appeared in Harlem with his baggage... All of them tied together by immorality. First artwork I made after this long break was painting "Hand" (2007). I made it in FLA. Since then I make only graphic arts. No more canvases. Because of high prices, I feel a strong tension dealing with my art. I need a break or good, 'blue-chip' business manager to get into art world back again.
Several years I had a dark experience, it was an experience of the penetration into the psychological world of those creatures. Yes, it is true, I was trying to understand how they think and what makes them do stupid-crooked things... I lived in the Bahamas for four years. It is the most capitalistic society in the world, and people there have a deep respect for the arts and artists. Here, in USA I wasn't lucky. I met the vulchers, who think that there's no tomorrow... They think they can grab and run... Probably they are not educated enough to know that it is impossible to steal art, because it is only one piece of a kind, and sooner or later it will be found. And all of these people will be noticed..."
At the end of 2006 and in the beginning of 2007 several museums of Europe and U.S. added Nadia Russ' NeoPopRealist art to their permanent collections. Sumy and Simferopol Art Museums, Lebedyn Museum of Art and D. Burliuk Foundation in Ukraine collected art works which Nadia Russ created in the Bahamas (1996-2000) and U.S. (2000-present time). It is canvases "Conductor"(1996), "Dancing Traffic Light"(1996), "Blue Moon"(1996), "House"(1996), "New York City Faces"(2001) and graphic arts. These museums contain the greatest national masters collections.
In September of 2007, the Ukrainian Museum in New York, located at 222 E. 6 Street added to its collection three of the vivid samples of Nadia Russ' NeoPopRealism art - canvases "Queen Of Magic" (Bahamas, 1997), "Black Cat & Little Orange Girl in a Pink City (2004, New York), and "Aces & Faces" ( 2002, FLA).
Popular "Queen Of Magic", as any other painting has its own story. This painting was published in several U.S., Poland & Bahamas publications... and is known by its exuberance and fancifulness worldwide. But untill today no one knew its real story.
In 1999 this painting was cut to 4 pieces and because of some circumstances escaped the garbage can. Later Nadia Russ put those 4 pieces together, glued to the plywood, and the "Queen" with her magic smile began her new and fascinating life. Van Gogh cut his ear... Nadia Russ decided to end her ties with art world by destroying her artwork. But this 'try' didn't happen. Her paintings began to shine with its new strain and energy...
Since 2002 she gave more attention to the pink colour, which symbolizes optimism. It is such canvases as "Summer" (2003), "My Pink City (2003), "Black Cat & Little Orange Girl In A Pink City" (2004), "Hand" (2007)... One 'Pink series' canvas (with big eye on it) disappeared in the buildings of the Manhattan and has to be found and returned...
WEAM - World Erotic Art Museum - presents art works of the erotic theme. This museum located in the heart of Miami Beach - Washington Ave. It is the largest Museum of the erotic art that now opened to the general public. In September of 2007, this museum and its owner-curator Naomi Wilzig added to its fascinating collection Nadia Russ' glass disc "Miss & Her Admirer," 2006. It is 3,5 inch diameter round, unique media - lamination on glass. This work has an elegant, stylish and glamorous qualities.
Unique and prestigious Museum Of Young Art (MOYA), located in the center of Vienna, in Austria, with its director Kolja Krammer, in October of 2007 collected such Nadia Russ' canvases as "Summer" (2003), "My Pink City" (2003), and series (of 2) graphic artwork "Luxury Cars," made with ink, nail polish, lipstick on paper 11"x 17". MOYA located in the great historical, old architecture building and represents only new art, works that were created in the new century - after the year 2000. This is the first art museum of the art of new millennium, and he proudly presents NeoPopRealism and work of its creator Nadia Russ.
In New York City art lovers can see the copies of Nadia Russ' works "Bentley Convertible" and "Rolls Royce Convertible" (originals now belong to MOYA) in the stylish Manhattan Motorcars (www.manhattanmotorcars.com) in Chelsea. It is the number one show-room in New York City, that offers to its customers Rolls Royces, Lamborghini, Bentley, Spykers...
In November 2007 Art Collection of the Kinsey Institute of Indiana University and its curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr added to their Fund two Nadia Russ' glass plates "Miss & Her Admirer," lamination on glass, 2006. Kinsey institute recently has celebrated its 60 years anniversary.
The project of lamination on glass is unique. It is another type of printmaking... on glass. The limited edition (7 / 7) glass plates printing with Nadia Russ' art on it has made by James Wang' company "Two Yes." Catherine Johnson-Roehr sees an importance of these artwork from the artistic, sexual and aesthetic points of view and thinks that these beautiful works of art will help the institute in their research. Later Kinsey institute added to its collection Nadia Russ' short film-performance "NeoPopRealism For Sex Addicts", featured in this film canvases (series of 2) "Legs and Fine Man," and in 2008 - hundred black-and-white drawings on paper, 11"x17" and 8 1/2"x15."
World famous by its largest collection of Russian art, Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg and its curator, the Head of the Ultra-Contemporary Waves Alexandr Borovski showed his big interest in the Nadia Russ' NeoPopRealism and her unique, ultra- contemporary vision. Nadia received from Russian State Museum an invitation to show there her art.
Back to the NeoPopRealism History... In 2004 Nadia Russ created NeoPopRealism concept and 10 NeoPopRealist commandments:
1. Be beautiful.
2. Be creative and productive, never stop studying and learning.
3. Be peace loving, positive minded.
4. Do not accept communistic philosophy.
5. Be free-minded,do the best you can to move the world to peace and harmony.
6. Be family oriented, self-disciplined.
7. Be free spirited. Follow your dreams, if they are not destructive, but constructive.
8. Believe in GOD. God is one.
9. Be supportive to those who need you, be generous.
10. Create your life as a great adventurous story.
These 10 canons is the base for living in the new millennium.
NeoPopRealism as a style of the visual arts, created by Nadia Russ, combines brightness and simplicity of Pop Art with deep realism, has high energy colour and graphic nature.
NeoPopRealism is accepted worldwide and has its followers. History: In 60s was Pop Art with its vivid representatives and creators Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. In 80s came Jeff Koons with his Neo-Pop. Art world was confused...
New millennium brought NeoPopRealism with its optimistic ideas and sense. Nadia Russ created concept and word in 2003. In April 2007, Nadia Russ created the NeoPopRealism Journal & Wonderpedia, publication online - http://neopoprealismjournal.wetpaint.com. This Wiki has News and Encyclopedia sections. Today this Wiki has over 250 articles and pages about arts, culture, celebrities, politics, economy, books' reviews, such as Meier by Philip Jodidio, published by Taschen in 2008... It is the source of information about art institutions and museums for such reputable and renown companies as Tripavisor.com. In November of 2007, in Bayonne (NJ), The Hudson Artists Of New Jersey, Inc., a non-profit organization, which this year celebrates its 55 anniversary, had its annual 54th Regional Art Exhibition and competition which includes the choosen Artist of the Year. Chairwoman is Margaret Colavito. Nadia Russ was the guest and Juror for the Graphic Arts and Mixed Media department.
In July of 2008, Nadia Russ was invited to participate as a Juror in the International Art Competition "Artists Emerge" (www.artistsemerge.org).
Master Nadia Russ brought the new and fresh wave to the stream of the visual arts in the U.S. and Europe. Today she is labeled as a one of the best artists worldwide, who make and continue making a tremendous contribution in the contemporary culture.