Art, // April 2, 2018

Mihaïl Zablodski – “World Of Cities” — ART

Mihail Zablodski

Mihaïl Zablodski


Mihaïl Zablodski — “World Of Cities”

I experimented for years with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, trying to evoke a sense of mystery equivalent to that which I feel in the presence of nature, a sense of momentary.





Mihaïl Zablodski


I enjoy exploring how various weather conditions breathe life into most usual places, the ones we pass without noticing. The rain, the snow, the blinding sunshine and the mist change the contours, the forms and of course, the colors of the city we are used to take as a static image. We are used to think of well-known locations and may sometimes not realize a ray of sunshine or a reflection in a paddle, and not a building makes for an accent in the picture we see.





What I especially cherish in this exercise is the feeling of the elusiveness of everything. The buildings of course change over long periods of time, but even a momentary change of weather can affect our perception of the location so much that we may feel as if we were in a totally different place. I like celebrating the instances that make an image and an impression before they vanish for good, and the constant alertness for what is the most important in the image I see, what makes me want to watch it.




My almost meditative experience of watching things change and capturing the moment was inspired mostly by the Japanese notion called “mono no aware”, or “a sensitivity to ephemera”, and underpins the tradition of seeing the aesthetics in transient states and marveling at them with slight sadness and appreciation.




According to this aesthetics the fragility and inherent brevity of an instance of awe, such as the blooming of the cherry blossoms, only aids in heightening the event’s stunning, albeit melancholic nature. Because it only lasts for such a short period, it is undoubtedly appreciated more. Understanding and accepting that innate uncertainty of life helps us evade the overwhelming feeling of morbidity associated with impermanence, instead highlighting our ability to enjoy life by appreciating its fleeting moments. The overall impact of the aesthetic principle is to recognize the impermanence of everything that exists and create a deeper connection with it because of its fleeting nature.




We never know how long the visual effect or the impression from it would last. I like capturing those moments as if thanking them for the experience, and preserving mementos of my own impressions to share with others.




The series depicts my native Kyiv and some major capitals of the world.

 Mihaïl Zablodski is an independent visual artist and illustrator. He attended National Polytechnic University in Kyiv, receiving a master’s degree in art and illustration in 2011. He also worked under the supervision of reputed local artists from 2004 through 2012. Zablodski has chosen a horizontal career, permitting him to focus on the ideas he most wished to bring to life. With this, he has taught workshops for art students and amateurs for over 5 years and has collaborated as illustrator for several national and international publishing houses, while at the same time creating his own artwork. Zablodski’s artwork is being sold into private collections into 12 countries around the Europe and the Americas. His projects are mostly single paintings but include two series of works intended to explore a deeper interest of his, these are the surrealistic series “The Unknown” which includes works like “The Dreamcatcher” and “After the Rain”, and a contemporary “Cityscape”, featuring “New York after the Rain” and “Mist in New York”


Mihail Zablodski

Mihaïl Zablodski