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"I make him stately, important and needed by our state"


The King of Marble, Nikolai Shmatko presented a bust of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelenskyi.

Nikolai Shmatko presented his new artwork a bust of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyi.

According to the author, he created this bust for the history of times: "I was creating it with a certain satisfaction based on hope. I create markings on the timeline who, when and why. My life is dedicated not only to the world history but also to the history of Ukrainian leaders."

As it is known, Nikolai Shmatko created a number of busts of leaders of our time, including images of US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump: "I am not going to list all those created by me. It doesn't mean that I am playing politics or something like that. I am just not interested in landscapes, I am interested in working with people and dealing with those pillars of power who lead people the results of their work will be visible when they go to the next world."

"Zelenskyi represents a completely new formation he is young and interesting. What hopes do I have in connection with this artwork? None. I am creating history, first of all. At every stage I am trying to reveal the personality and I show the idea and opportunity to serve one's country and people."

Just to remind: Nikolai Shmatko has been living at a school basement in Pereyaslav-Khmelnitskiy, where he was invited and hosted by the city authorities. Today he is a hostage of circumstances and cannot return to Donbass with his huge art collection.

Pereyaslav-Khmelnitskiy, 15.07.2019 (photos of Rafael Shmatko)

 
   
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