Alexander (working under a pseudonym) Radtke is one of the young contemporary artists, but with the main distinctive feature, he provides an unconventional approach to the direction of movement in art. From the series «Stillness Speaks» in 2016, the story begins about the spiritual in painting.
Radtke was born in Shadrinsk in 1989, graduated from Shadrinsky University, studied information technology. In 2011, after completing his studies, he moves to Yekaterinburg, where he works by profession, however, after a while he decides to give up his career in this field and devote himself entirely to painting.
Radtke begins to self-study drawing and painting, is engaged in the theory of art, and receives «expert» advice from local artists. After a while, he participates in the general exhibition of the English museum «Everything», where he receives a good response to his drawings with watercolors from curators. He travels a lot and is looking for his style of drawing and painting. Early Radtke — at times very unexpected. The themes are different: from portraits to landscapes, from phantasmagoria to realism, it was then that the familiarity with pasty and oil occurred.
After a while oil becomes the main tool of the artist, the seriality of works appears. By 2013, the artist created 3 different themes for the development of his painting, but the main unifying key between them was the expression. By that time, the main theme was the study of the form and its further refraction, be it a human figure, or an animal — distorted, broken, encased in geometric figures or dissolved in the background of the picture. The painter considered classical painters as his teachers: Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Tiziano, and Ingres, but on the other hand, he was inspired by the works of Francis Bacon, Amedeo Modigliani, and Edvard Munch.
In 2014, Radtke received a proposal for a festival in Germany. Immediately agreeing, he moves to Berlin. There he gets acquainted with a completely different level of painting, visits exhibitions of a huge number of artists (Picasso, Bacon, Van Gogh, Turner, etc.), he also faces enormous friendly competition and joins the community of the European Gallery group. After festivals and exhibitions he gets acquainted with Abstractionism.
Beginning of 2015 marks the transition to the Abstract. Inspired by abstract art — Kandinsky, Rothko, Pollack, Richter, etc., Radtke returns to Russia, and begins to study the formlessness and color, dominating the aphorism of Picasso «Painting is a lesson for the blind. The artist does not paint what he sees, but what he feels. «In Yekaterinburg, Radtke is trying to find the starting point for creating an atmosphere of innovation and synthesis of art with the concept of formlessness. (The main goal was the creation of paintings that would not be able to evoke thoughts but emotions).
The result of searches, observations and frantic experiences, gradually accumulating over several years, was the concept based on the book «The Power of the Now» by the German philosopher, writer, and spiritual speaker Eckhart Tolle. To fully consolidate this idea, the artist goes on a journey, and in 2016 he takes part in Art-Residence «Bereg», where he thoroughly studies Buddhist practice and Dao. Having created several works on the theme «Body and corporeality», Radtke fully completes the formation of the concept of formlessness. The paintings acquire a series called «Stillness Speaks», which becomes that symbiosis, the key between painting and spirituality.
“Color is a power which directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” — W. Kandinsky.
All of 2017 went to the creation of paintings of this subject, after which an exhibition was held in Moscow, at the end of which came invitations from various galleries of the world and 2018 was marked with access to the international arena, joining the community of US artists and exhibitions in New York. Also, cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in the presentation of Russian contemporary art at various venues of the world began.
My paintings are a synthesis of art with the concept of formlessness (or the meaning of Silence). This is a very interesting subject of the art development. Visual art should create objects that are filled with not only beauty and the response of thoughts, but also the development of the spiritual component in a person. Therefore, I am developing this direction.
As an artist, my task is to be a teacher, but without the need to teach anything in the ordinary sense. The only function of me as a teacher is to help feel what separates from the truth about who we are and what we can see in the very depths of our being. The images presented on the canvases in the form of formless silence and color expression are needed to reveal harmony, peace and awareness that a human is mindfulness, disguised as a personality.
Art is an important link between consciousness and soul. The task is not the creation of calm emotional character, but the visual awareness of the space from which there is Silence. This is the very key that will allow us to emerge from the collective human conditionality.
“Is stillness just the absence of noise and content? No, it is intelligence itself — the underlying consciousness out of which every form is born” — Eckhart Tolle.
The body and physicality, COAST, The Republic of Crimea
Spatial, Artifact, New York, USA
Spiritual Awakening, Aveda, Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
WWF, Colosseum , Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
That all by Alexander Radtke, In Artist studio, Berlin, Germany.
Let’s Art, La cantine d’Agusta, Berlin, Germany.
APNOE festival, Urban Spree gallary , Berlin , Germany.
Shadows, Lynch club, Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
Let’s Art, Summit gallery, Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
That all Experimental by Cute, The Cute, Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
«Let’s Art» at Vibe Room, Vibe Room, Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
Gallery 401, New York, USA.
Izmerenie, Come In, Moscow, Russian Federation.
MUCH 2.0, Gallery of Modern Art, Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
MUCH, House of Architects , Chelyabinsk , Russian Federation.
Break the deadlock, CFG gallery, Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
Glam, SomoS , Berlin, Germany.
Night museum , Theater «Salut», Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
Colour traces , Gallery 11, Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
Along the way, House of Culture, Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.
«Museum of Everything #5» and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art London-Moscow-Yekaterinburg, Museum of Everything, Yekaterinburg , Russian Federation.