On the Verge of Bizarre: Extraordinary Art by Vlad Zabavskiy

AIA|DC is pleased to present recent works by award-winning, Virginia-based artist Vlad Zabavskiy.

The Exhibition

The exhibition is organized in themes, such as landscapes, portraits, species, and still lifes. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to wear polarized 3D glasses in the gallery to view the paintings.

As the exhibition title suggests, Zabavskiy’s paintings are indeed bizarre and extraordinary. Zabavskiy uses a rich palette of colorful oils, including gold leaf, coupled with crackling and layered effects that produce vivid and compelling images. Lines, planes, and shapes are all visible, making an otherwise two-dimensional canvas seem anything but. To his surprise, Vlad discovered a unique three-dimensional quality to his paintings: polarized 3D glasses greatly enhance the painting’s depth of field.

In his most recent paintings, Zabavskiy explores the transition between realism and abstraction. Using algorithms to produce variations in generative design software, such as Processing, Fragmentarium, Structure Synth, and NodeBox, each painting is based on manipulated parameters that create an alternative picture. The results are playful, architectonic expressions that appear almost otherworldly—Cubist-like but not Cubist inspired.


About Vlad Zabavskiy

Zabavskiy’s art has been exhibited locally at the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Edison Place Gallery, Gallery Underground, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, National Building Museum, Torpedo Factory Art Center, and Touchstone Gallery; internationally at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France and the World Trade Center in Moscow, Russia.

Zabavskiy is Senior Graphic Designer at the National Building Museum where his artwork has also been exhibited, most recently in Wright on the Walls. Vlad is a member of the Arlington Artists Alliance and The DC Creative Guild. He maintains a studio at the Columbia Pike Artist Studios in Arlington, VA.

To purchase artwork, visit the artist’s website at www.zabavskiy.com.