On the occasion of the 165th anniversary of K.K. Kostandi and in commemoration of 95 years since his death the Branch of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture launched the Open project under the title “Unknown Kiriak Kostandi (15.10.1852 – 31.10.1921), his students and followers” that will last from October 2016 till October 2017. The project is open to all kinds of participants. For details please contact the organizing committee: (0482) 357-136.
Under the framework of the Open project, on December 15, 2016 at 16:00 the Branch of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture will host a popular science lecture by N. Porozhnyakova, an art critic from the M.B. Grekov School of Fine Arts in Odessa.
Greek by origin, Kiriak Kostandi worked in such genres as landscape and portrait painting and founded the Society of Southern Russian Painters. He managed to overcome the “academic canons and joined a new progressive democratic trend in the art. As a great artist, he also preserved his creative singularity in both his artistic works and his judgement of the art. He did not deny artistic pursuits, for he considered them rightful. Like all other living things, the art change through evolution. These changes pertain to the comprehension of and the attitude towards it. At the same time, the artistic ideals of Kostandi remained unchanged throughout his entire life. These included realism, love for nature, and humanism.
For thirty-five years, the artist taught a life class in the School of Arts. He trained a galaxy of artists including such well-known painters as Petr Nilus, Stepan Kolesnikov, Isaac Brodskiy, Mitrofan Grekov, and Aleksey Shovkunenko. The painting tradition planted by Kostandi continues to live and develop today in workshops of the Odessa M.B. Grekov School of Fine Arts in Odessa
The examples of connections between Kostandi and his follower artists through time include:
Kostandi – L. Muchnik – T. Egorova – V. Polnobrodskiy, N. Martynyuk, Yu. Olevich;
Kostandi – L. Muchnik, P. Konovskiy – V. Vlasov – L. Vandenko;
Kostandi – A. Shovkunenko, P. Volokidin, T. Fraerman, L. Muchnik – L. Tokareva-Aleksandrovich – A. Loza – A. Logvin.
In his article for the anniversary of Kostandi, P. Nilus wrote: “Kostandi is our artistic conscience; his influence in the local society of painters is beneficial and vital. Thanks to the talent of Kostandi, we have appreciated the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. He discovered for us the twilights of springtime, the hot days of summer, and the sultry sunsets of autumn, all full of unusual, touching, and naive beauty. <…> Among countless artists of today, the figure of Kostandi stands out as a reproach, as a reminder of a forgotten faith, love for nature, and true attitude to art”.