Madina Pavlyuk’s surreal cityscapes and logographic inscriptions are living testimonies of the distant past. Based in the city of Krasnodar, in southern Russia, Pavlyuk has had a fascination for the ancient since she was little. The subjects of her paintings are drawn from frequent visits to archeological sites in Egypt, Italy, and Turkey as well as cave art in Crimea or local architecture. “I like to travel to places that contain the history and memory of many generations,” she explains. “I don’t want people to forget about their past, their roots. After all, it is an integral part of us. Humanity has come a long way to make us what we are now.” Imagining life as it once was, Pavlyuk offers oniric scenes of quiet Medieval towns, Boschesque battlegrounds, and primitive engravings. Oftentimes, the symbols she uses are uniquely her own, as if to challenge the viewer to decipher the mystery of time.
Pavlyuk’s initiation into the art world occurred with a painting, which she auspiciously called “The Magic Door.” The piece was displayed at the all-Russian exhibition of the Union of Artists of the Russian Federation. After earning a degree in economics, she trained under acclaimed Russian painter Sergei Vorzhev, who became her mentor. Pavlyuk exhibited all over Russia, most notably at The Kovalenko Art Museum, as well as London, and was featured in numerous local publications. She runs Paralleli, a creative project founded with fellow artist Yulia Kudina. Together, they aspire to revive the techniques of the Old Masters through contemporary art.