Russian artist Marat Morik painted his latest collage-style mural on one of the walls of 7th corps of Kiev Polytechnic Institute (KPI), for the Mural Social Club: Back to school! project with the support of UNICEF Ukraine and Sky Art Foundation.
“Growing Up” is the title of the Marat Morik’s last work in Ukraine. The artist adorned one of the walls of the institute where great eminences studied. In particular, the mural depicts the academician Sergiy Korolyov, a Ukrainian scientist, who attended this school, but in general it refers to the achievements of Human thoughts of the past: from a wheel to the first Earth Satellite.
The heroes of Marat’s work are diskettes, puncher cards and drafts «by hand». These objects are from recent past, but today they show us sequence and transience of technology development.
“There are the first and the modern satellites on the mural, wheels and a lot of other important inventions of humanity. They are, as a kit, collected in a single unit – visualization of development and growing up of technologies”, said the artist.
The initial idea of the mural was to represent technologies of the Future but the artist declined the idea because “in our time, today’s future very quickly becomes tomorrow’s past”. So he decided to represent the past technologies that anticipated the current ones. In this vision the human becomes the protagonist because without him nothing could have happened.
About The Artist
Marat ‘Morik’ Danilyan is a Russian street artist, graphic designer and illustrator. Born in 1982 in Novosibirsk, Marat has been interested in drawing since childhood, and studied basic artist skills at the art school for children. He earned two bachelor’s degrees in philology and economics from the Novosibirsk State University, but has fully dedicated his life to arts. In 1998 with the popularization of the Internet Marat has learned about the hip-hop culture and developed passion for graffiti. As a result he has developed spray painting skills and took a great interest in experimenting with lettering.
In his recent works, Marat pays great attention to patterns, as well as mixing painting techniques and materials on different surfaces. His versatile art comprises both figurative topics and abstract compositions. In Marat’s works abstract forms are often times mixed with realism, expressionism and typography elements. In 2011 he established the First Graffiti Agency (FGA) together with Andrey Aber.
About Mural Social Club: BACK TO SCHOOL!
The Mural Social Club, supported by the Sky Art Foundation together with UNICEF, started the “Mural Social Club: Back to School!” project with the purpose to increase buildings’ value and meaningfulness, presenting children with a monumental art work, and more importantly to add fantasy and dreams to children’s minds.
Back to School!Ukraine project strives to bring brighter colors to the inmates’ everyday life through street art. These artworks, especially those created by renowned artists, encourage them to develop their own potential, both in painting and other activities. Maybe these teenagers would one day create murals on the buildings of many cities in different countries.
Julien Malland aka the “Seth” (France) and Oleg Sosnov are the curators of this project, which was initiated by Dmytro Palienko, founder of the Sky Art Foundation.
About Sky Art Foundation
Sky Art Foundation was established in Ukraine in 2014 as a private initiative that aims to support and develop a new generation of Ukrainian artists, who work in the sphere of contemporary art. The foundation also aims to promote international cultural exchange and integrate Ukrainian art in cities around the world.
The Foundation actively carries out exhibitions and charity activities, organizes international art projects, cultural events with a participation of Ukrainian painters and provides grants for talented artists.
Images by Alena Saponova.