Read Liudmila Kondakova's artist bio here
To enter the world of Liudmila Kondakova is to leave the ordinary behind and embrace mystery, serenity, and radiance. The best that life has to offer is embodied for her in the city of Paris, but a side of Paris that you may not see replicated anywhere except in your imagination and your dreams. Simple though they may appear, her enchanting portrayals of vistas in that famous city work their magic subtly, softly, and indelibly into your heart and soul.
Born in 1956 and raised in the Soviet Union, Paris took Kondakova’s breath away when she first saw it, striking her literally as Paradise in comparison with her previous, monochromatic existence in Moscow. Although her surroundings in her homeland were grim, her inner life as a child was as rich as the world she created through her artistic experiences and literature. Fascinated with the painted icons of the Russian Orthodox Church, she later studied the discipline of professional icon painting at the St. Alexis Cathedral. The attention to detail associated with that training manifests itself in her works, awaiting us in every intricately detailed nook and cranny, every brick of a cobblestone street, and every bit of finely-wrought lace curtain. These details accumulate, intensifying the impact of her vision and drawing in your other senses, until you can almost hear the murmurs of the café patrons or feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.
Her scenes are not about Paris, but about what Paris represents to her. The Paris she offers us is more than a place, but a spiritual culmination of association, hope, and desire. Illuminated from within, with the uplifting colors of a medieval stained glass window, her paintings reflect an impossibly wonderful, parallel universe.
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