Based in Moscow, Russia
We were lucky to interview incredible Gregory Orekhov about his art journey, perspectives on the creative industry, some tips for those who are just starting, and many more.
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?
G: I was born in a very creative family, my father Yuri Orekhov is an outstanding sculptor, academician. So we could say that I am into art from a very young age and grew up in my father's studio.
A: What inspires you the most?
G: The most I'm inspired by travels and works of great artists, but the main impulses of inspiration come from everyday situations and events. As I cannot stand aside from what's going on around me and do not speak out.
A: Do you have any specific rituals while working(creating)?
G: Not rituals, but I do have the habit of perfectionism instilled by my father. I always strive for perfection and I do not know the limit. It exhausts me a lot, but thanks to this habit, I manage to achieve results.
A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to art (rather artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
G: First, ask yourself why do you want to do this. What do you want to tell the world, what kind of message do you want to leave for the future generation. Second, watch, study and travel around the world as much as possible.
Finally, the most important thing is to love what you do.
A: Your top 3 favorite adjectives related to art?
G: Stunning, refined, deep
A: The best angle to look at art is from ..?
G: Any angle would work if the work is perfect.
A: The Perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ..?
G: Did you already have the chance to visit the stunning exhibition?
A: Must-read books to talk about art (or do we even need them)?
G: Books are certainly needed for understanding the world and art, but, in our time, you can find information in the ocean of the internet. Everyone chooses their way to get information.
A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?
G: I would try to change the bias in people from the art world.
A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)
G: My favorite quote is by Auguste Rodin:
"The artist must have the patience of water that eats away the rock drop by drop"
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*The original interview was held in Russian, version provided above was translated and adopted by ARV's Team