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Zmicier Shapovalov | Graphics

We invite you to Villa Decius for an exhibition of works by Źmicier Szapowałow.
One of the most interesting subjects for me is the study of human history. In my work, I map out the history of the world and the history of my homeland, especially from the times of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Rzeczpospolita. The books of Henryk Sienkiewicz and Uladzimir Karatkievič, the works of Artur Grottger and Napoleon Orda were a strong impulse to understand that our region has an extremely rich common history, abounding in heroic plots, but also exposed to hostile forces - including the actions of Tsarist and later Bolshevik officials. I think that the history of opposing elements and world views continues, and as an artist I feel very strongly this daily struggle for ideas and values. - Źmicier Shapovalov from the introduction to the catalogue GRAPHICS.

As part of 'Culture in Exile', an exhibition of works by the Belarusian Źmicier Shapovalov - a master of historical copper engraving and an accomplished printmaker - will be presented in the spaces of Villa Decius from 8 October to 12 November.

We are pleased to present a catalogue featuring the work of the young Belarusian artist Źmicier Šapavałaŭ, a talented graphic artist and art historian who has been living and working in exile for several years, and whose works explore many of the themes common to the pasts of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. The artist, reinterpreting the past of the eastern part of Europe, creates an original historical narrative in which we can find both well-known figures, important from the point of view of the material heritage of the place, as well as variations on folk tales and legends," says Dominika Kasprowicz, director of Villa Decius.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue of the artist's works published by the GUTENBERG publishing house, as part of the IKWD publishing series.

Zmicier Shapovalov -
born in 1985 in Minsk, master of historical engraving on copper, graphic artist, painter, visual artist, medallist, designer. In 2004, he graduated from the Minsk State Educational Complex "Gymnasium-College of Arts" with a diploma of specialist in design and design. He continued his education at the Faculty of Graphic Arts of the Belarusian Academy of Fine Arts, where he obtained a specialist degree in graphic design and a master's degree in art history. After graduation, he worked as a painter at the National Centre for Contemporary Art of the Republic of Belarus. Since 2012, he has been working as an independent artist. He is currently in exile in Poland.

He is the author of a series of engravings dedicated to the army of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, as well as a reconstruction of a lost engraving of the City of Grodno made by the Polish cartographer Tomasz Makowski in 1600, which he worked on, among other things, during his residence in Villa Decius.
Zmicier Shapovalov's work has been presented not only in Belarus, but also at numerous international exhibitions, including in Austria, the Czech Republic and Warsaw. His works are in the collections of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the Museum of Modern Art of the Republic of Belarus, the Malbork Castle Museum, as well as in the private collections of Sergey Bradovich (Ukraine), Luděk Křiž (Czech Republic), Yasuhiko Aoki (Japan), Thea & Tjalling Vogelvanger (Kingdom of the Netherlands) and other private collections in Belarus, Poland, Serbia and elsewhere.

Zmicier Shapovalov is a laureate of international printmaking and exlibris competitions. Among others, he received the main prize in the ex-libris competition "Bread Cultural Heritage" in 2006 in Belgrade, as well as in the 1st International Triennial of Woodcut in Zakopane. In 2015, his significant contribution to the popularisation of historical knowledge in Belarusian society was recognised with the Václav Lastovsky Award. In 2019, he won the Belarusian competition of young illustrators and designers "Арт-Прадмова" in the category "Illustration".

* Project co-financed by the International Solidarity Foundation within the framework of Polish development cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
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