An abstract from the interview of Alex Markovich for LIFE AS ART MAGAZINE. July 2018.
When I describe my activities I try to be very short. Format of Twitter and Instagram which gives you a certain number of characters to fill your profile description teaches you to make it very condense. But if one asks me to describe my current activities in 2-3 words, that would be “Travel Artist”. I can extend that description explaining that I travel through Russia making sketches and watercolor paintings, that I also write sci-fi (which doesn’t relate to painting) but the phrase “Travel Artist” will cover it all.
That phrase I heard from a French artist whom I met in Moscow in 2014. Who are travel artists? People who travel to different places of the world (whether it’s a vacation or a search of new views to draw or paint) and capture the moments they enjoy not with their cameras but with paints, pencils, pens, crayons, etc. If you meet a fellow from the USA on the bench in a French park with a sketchbook – you may call him a travel artist if he does these sketches on a regular basis at different locations. The purpose of his coming from the USA to France doesn’t play any role.
I like to go through travel artists paintings online. There are hundreds of interesting works performed in Turkey, France, Italy, Greece, etc. The thing is that not so many artists add necessary hashtags to be found on Instagram and even less place their works online. But I think that travel artists paintings belong to a very interesting genre.
I’ve also got many travel paintings created in various seasons. Most of these works are made in Russia. When I travel to the USA or other countries I mostly take photos but if I have some free time I try to draw.
For the past four years I arranged seven exhibitions of travel artists paintings. The guest-artists were my friends from France, Italy and the USA. The exhibitions were held in libraries and cafes. All the paintings were presented in the form of postcards which when the exhibitions were over were sent to various countries. One had to only put the stamps.
In autumn 2018 I plan to held a new exhibition where I will also include some travel artists paintings – mostly of my friends from France and Canada.