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Sculpting Identity: An Exclusive Interview with Ukrainian-born Artist Grishigiano


Grishigiano artist, marble sculpture, Mayfair, London
Grishigiano at his solo exhibition "Fine Pretence," in Mayfair, London, hosted at Lane Gallery London. Image courtesy of the artist and the gallery.

Discover the journey into the artistry of Grishigiano, a Ukrainian-born sculptor garnering attention from art collectors across Europe. Following his recent debut exhibition, "Fine Pretence," in Mayfair, London, hosted at Lane Gallery London's pop-up gallery, I was entranced by his alluring marble sculptures crafted exclusively for this showcase in the south of France, where the artist now resides. Grishigiano's work is deeply rooted in a profound philosophy, with a mission to ignite self-discovery and break free from societal constraints.


In this exclusive interview, we delve into the daily rituals and sources of inspiration that fuel Grishigiano's artistic life and so much more. Join us on this journey as we uncover the layers of his creative brilliance.


Grishigiano artist
Courtesy of the artist

Please tell us about your background and what inspired you to become an artist.


My past has been a whirlwind of experiences and adventures. I've dedicated a significant portion of my life to sports, academics, and exploring various professional fields. However, amidst the chaos, there has always been one constant: my ability to conquer any task that required physical labor. Even when faced with unfamiliar challenges, I possessed an innate knowledge that surfaced precisely when I needed it most. This led me down a path of crafting interior items. From there, I ventured into creating jewelry using aircraft aluminum and wood. As time went on, my creations grew in size and complexity, evolving into furniture and intricate sculptures. Unbeknownst to me, one fateful morning, I awoke to the realization that I had transformed into a sculptor. The passion had consumed me to the point where I could no longer imagine a life without it.


Grishigiano artist
Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Kristina Sakhatska @z.kristin.a

What does a day in your life as an artist look like?


I aim to enjoy each day! It dawned on me one day that I hold the power to shape my own reality, and it is my inherent right as a human being to revel in the small joys, to cultivate an environment that exudes comfort and beauty, to surround myself with individuals who bring me joy, and to pursue my passions that ignite my soul. This is the essence of my existence. I relish pausing to observe, to appreciate the little details, to capture moments through the lens, to toil tirelessly, and then to bask in the bliss of relaxation. It is within this delicate equilibrium that I discover my personal serenity and ultimate fulfillment.


Grishigiano artist
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Are there any specific rituals that you have developed as an artist that contribute to your creative flow and inspiration?


As surprising as it may sound, the initial step of my daily ritual revolves around sleep. You see, the muse pays me a visit in the afternoon, causing my work schedule to shift towards the night. It is during this time that I find the most inspiration to create! However, the following day requires me to indulge in a longer slumber than usual in order to regain my strength. Living in close proximity to the sea also holds a special significance in my ritual. The sea has always been an infinite source of energy for me, drawing me towards a life by the water. The mere understanding that a city is situated by the sea seems to dissolve the invisible barriers and feelings of confinement that often plague me in urban areas. After a restful night's sleep in the "town by the sea," I make my way to the workshop. As I roll a cigarette and set the ambiance with the melodies of Erik Satie or Claude Debussy, I engage in a profound and silent conversation with the stone, seeking to comprehend the form it will take this time.


Grishigiano artist, marble sculpture
Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Kristina Sakhatska @z.kristin.a

What does your work aim to say? What are the major themes you pursue in your artwork?


I firmly believe that the ultimate source of answers lies deep within each and every one of us. It is within ourselves that we hold the power to unlock the mysteries of life. In my artistic creations, I aim to serve as a catalyst for self-discovery, enabling individuals to delve into their innermost thoughts and emotions. Regardless of what lies before us, we have the ability to imbue it with our own essence. My mission is to guide people toward recognizing their own inherent beauty, liberating them from the shackles of self-imposed limitations and societal expectations that hinder their understanding of their own constructive and imaginative nature.


Grishigiano artist, marble sculpture
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Could you please describe your creative process and the techniques you employ when sculpting in marble? How do you approach transforming a block of marble into a work of art, and what inspires your choice of subject matter for your sculptures?


The journey commences with the very block, where unwavering faith in the stone resides. I always work intuitively without any preliminary sketches. The true enchantment unfolds during the process of creation. Initially, I shape the block, delicately carving it with a unique tool. Then comes the phase of intricate work, where a hammer and chisel bring forth intricate details. Subsequently, I embark on a quest to discover the perfect lines, employing manual grinding and polishing techniques. The final stages are repetitive. I must transform the rough surface of the stone into making it seamless as if it were cast. This meticulous endeavor requires from two weeks to several months, depending upon the sculpture's size.


Grishigiano artist, marble sculpture
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What challenges and rewards do you find unique to working with marble as your primary medium for sculpture?


One of the unique aspects of working with marble is the abundance of noise and dust it produces. This necessitates a specific workspace, and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have discovered a suitable location in the south of France where I can both live and work. Despite the challenges and the arduous nature of the process, I thoroughly enjoy the process. As I engage with the marble, a surge of untamed energy courses through me, unlike anything I have ever experienced before. It awakens primal instincts within me, unearthing newfound wellsprings of strength. It is as if I am forging a profound connection with something timeless, something that existed before me, exists now, and will continue to exist long after I am gone.


Grishigiano artist, marble sculpture
Courtesy of the artist

Final question, if you could acquire any piece of art (from a dead or living artist, could be off-mark in a museum, etc.), what would it be and why?


I currently have a fabric-printed replica of a Modigliani masterpiece in my bedroom. I bought it at a charming flea market for a mere 30 euros. The artwork portrays a captivating reclining nude woman, her form exuding grace and allure. And everything would be fine, but a few more sunny weeks and the print on the fabric will finally fade. I really like how elegantly Modigliani depicts women. Perhaps I wouldn’t mind replacing my reproduction with the original.


Lana Petruk, Grishigiano artist, marble sculpture
Lana Petruk in Mayfair, London, at her pop-up gallery debuting Grishigiano's solo exhibition. Image courtesy of Lane Gallery London.

For sale inquiries regarding the sculptures pictured in this article, please contact Lana Petruk, the art dealer representing the artist, at lp@lanegallerylondon.com


To stay up-to-date with the artist's career, make sure to follow Grishigiano here: Instagram @atelier_grishigiano

 

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