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The Natural Artist Dmitri Danish
Dmitri Danish was a child prodigy in art.
The artist Dmitri Danish was born in 1966 in the Ukraine. His artistic talent became evident very early in life when he would draw with a pencil before he could walk or communicate. His mother recognized his talent and instead of using merely words and gestures to communicate, also used art, color and shapes. At five years old she started teaching him how to paint. His passion was painting still lives, landscapes and cityscapes. He attended a gifted school in the Ukraine at age 13 and at age 15, the young artist Dmitri Danish began attending the Kharkiv State Art College. In order to make ends meet in college, he painted and designed sets and served as a creative director of an ad agency. After graduation he became an art teacher, but did not enjoy this profession. He joined the army and after the army joined the Fine Art Department at Kharkiv States Polytechnic. Being faculty in this institution allowed the artist Dimitri Danish to pursue his dream of painting for a living.
Land, sky, city and sea.
Dmitri Danish became especially enamored of cityscapes and fell in love with his hometown of Kharkiv. He loved to paint visions of cities he read about in books, in stories, on stamps, cities he heard about on the radio or heard in conversation…any aspect of a city he enjoyed imagining and bringing to life on canvas. He started dreaming about cities only in his imagination and painting scenes from these imaginary cities. He creates new geographical areas in the world: countries, cities, etc. and makes them real with his art. Dmitri Danish’s style ranges from a type of surreal impressionism to a stark realism and all points in between. Often he will combine styles, bringing out a particular subject in his painting.
Kharkiv: Not just a quaint city, but also an art model.
In addition to his realistic, but imaginary landscapes and cityscapes, the Dmitri Danish started painting all aspects of his native city Kharkiv. He painted various streets, buildings, cafes, scenes and landscapes, making Kharkiv a very inviting and accessible city to anyone viewing his artwork.
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