I Survived Art

“The work is a product of many years of trying to survive in art and life – physically, mentally, spiritually. Being an immigrant artist who came from USSR to US with $200 and worked on most crazy jobs possible just trying to make ends meet for many years, loosing art works due to moving from place to place, no storage, natural disasters (100 of my works were destroyed by a flood), having no money or any support, I was still creating art works, believing and surviving. The conceptual part of “I Survived Art” is also kind of ‘above the battle view’ of contemporary art world, where art history, personal effort, emotions, struggle, money can play a very devastating role in the life of the artist, so for me, besides just physical/economical survival being an artist is sharply and dominantly a spiritual survival.” —Boris Zoubkous

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