In his work, Alexei Smolovik is an unconditional minimalist. He achieves maximum artistic effect with minimal means. The figurative component of his canvases is muffled, leaving a place of rich and subtle color. The wonderful St. Petersburg master is quite original. At the same time, the influence of the Russian art avant-garde of the first half of the twentieth century, as well as Roerich and one of his best students, Smirnov-Rusetskiy, not to mention traditional Russian icon painting, are clearly traced in his work. The influence of French impressionism can also be traced quite clearly, as well as the Mondrianian technique of denaturation. All these voices are absent, but also inseparable, leading their parties in the creative mind of the artist, contributing to the creation of his amazing works. Well, and their inherent revitalization of cultural heritage, the conduct of a constant intercultural dialogue, unconditional creativity seem quite constructive and appropriate in the context of UNESCO’s cultural strategy.
Dmitry Spivak, head of the Center for Basic Research in the field of art; Head of the UNESCO Chair for Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, the Specifics of Their Cultures and Inter-Religious Dialogue, Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage D.S. Likhacheva (Moscow, Russian Federation)