q)Please introduce yourself.
a)Andrey Shch – an ingenious and contradictory creative person.
q) Where do you live and work?
a)I’m residing in
Kiev, the hero-city and the capital of not far from Ukraine , but working in different places scattered around our planet. Though I London
believe I would find work on Mars as well, but its far way to go. Though I wish I
could work there – Mars is said to be more spacious.
q) How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
a)I could describe it as the ultimate in creativity and imagination based on the
best graphic traditions of the past and present time – but I won’t. It is like
describing an elephant: in which light should one describe it and is it really
I want those who see my works to decide whether it is graphics, calligraphy or
just music transformed into motion. I leave this right to them. Let arts experts
describe my creative work, while I’ll be just drawing since everyone should do his
own work – a favorite one.
q) How did you start in the arts? How/when did you realize you were an artist?
a)I still have not realized I’m an artist. You don’t wake up one morning and tell
yourself that you’ll be an artist ever after – this doesn’t happen so. An artist
needs to work for about 30 years to be recognized by people, so I’m not pressed by
time. I cannot be unbiased in this decision; it is like choosing whether you’re
handsome or smart.
And then perhaps I’m a poet? What kind of poetry my work is then?
I have been head over ears into the arts since I was born, from the very first
second and I hope I’ll be there ever after.
q) What are your favorite art materials and why?
a)It is like telling someone you love her: what are you favorite words? All words
you know are the rights ones for expressing your emotions, whereupon they are
different for different times of the day. Likewise fingers: we use all of them
without preferring only one. Thus all materials available in the nature that I
know of are my favorite.
q) What/who influences you most?
a)I feel strong influence of the thorny Northern wind, as well as influence of the
Sun. Though the most appropriate working conditions for me are cold and high
humidity that are typical for
Scandinavia. The worse working conditions are, the
better is the result. But the most influence is made on me by the beauty of my
muse, by her piercing hazel glance, her soulful icy breath and her always being
there when I need her support.
q) Describe a typical day of art making for you.
a)I put on white garment, have a bathe in
Gangesto wash out human sins and light
santalaceous incense sticks. Then I take a flight to the nearest monastery in
Tokio, then wend my way to Dalai Lama for benediction and then to Mufti and
Ayatollah – only afterwards I start working. That is the ordinary day complemented
with jactation from one to another saint and that is the day devoted only to
q) Do you have goals, specific things you want to achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?
a)I wish I could fresco the Sistine Chapel in
, as Michenangelo Vatican
did. Or something of the same significance to the mankind.
q) What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?
a)Those who deal with real creative work, sincere and open as a big heart.
q) How long does it typically take you to finish a piece?
a)I'm not used to record time as a sportsman and aspire for new world records. The
faster - the better is not a principle I adhere to. Though I try to draw fast in
order to have more time for life. I do draw fast but I can also nurture ideas for
months and years. Ideas can be developed and modified for a long time and then be
implemented in seconds. Fast and clear. But generally I work beyond the frames of
time and space.
q) Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally attached to them?
a)Any work should be evaluated – either materially and verbally, by means of
criticism. The most important is to get feedback which is always useful for
meeting new challenges.
I keep all the artworks that are dear and emotionally valuable to me at home –
they are not for sale. They are like relatives, you cannot sell them.
q) Is music important to you? If so, what are some things you're listening to now?
a)Music is like a battery that I can use any moment, like a jolt of fresh air. Music
is something you can listen to for eternity.
KrishnaDas - Devi Puja, Arto
Tuncboyajan - April 24, Amina – Blaskjar,Jagjit & Chitra Singh – Shlokas, Franz
Schubert, Brahms, Gonzales – Dot.
a)I prefer beautiful and smart ladies!
q) What theories or beliefs do you have regarding creativity or the creative
a)Simple ones. Do it if you can, +if you cannot – do it anyway!
q) What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing) when you're not creating?
a)Life is art in itself. To produce art works means to live and breathe.
How can a human being live without breathing and creating? It is a permanent
state. That is why I find it difficult to define when I’m creating and when I’m
not – this is something I’m always into.
q) Do you have any projects or shows coming up that you are particularly excited
a)Each project is an exciting process for me and I invest more than a part of me in
each of them. Each project that is coming up makes me shiver with excitement.
q) Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how? What websites, magazines,
galleries do you prefer?
a)I try to be relaxed as regards following contemporary art scenes. Trying to trace
all the changes and tendecies at all TV channels existing in the world is tiresome
and absurd. Moreover, would it have sence? It takes time and I don’t see the point
– let the others follow me up, that would have more sence.
- q) Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.
q) Any advice for aspiring artists?
a)Try first and foremost not to lie to yourselves and those who surround you.
q) Where can we see more of your work online?
a)Type in my name in Google search or any other search engine. There are many web-
sites where you can find my artworks and I don’t remember all of them. Search and