Welcome to the virtual gallery of Vladislav Rutkovski, a contemporary Belarusian sculptor, restorer, and a member of the Artists’ Union.
The website features the pictures and key characteristics of all the three collections of the master’s works, namely Secession, Tales of Nesvizh and Dreams.
Every single sculpture is the fruit of not only the artist’s imagination and creative energy, but also the hard work as all the pieces of art are created by Vladislav Rutkovski on his own.
The works are cast in bronze and placed on marble pedestals, with patina as a special ingredient. Each master’s sculpture is labelled according to the international standards, as well as stamped with the studio’s brand logo.
The artist drew inspiration for the works presented on the website in the Belarusian legends and fairy tales associated with the places that are special for him, such as Nesvizh and Mir – the castles where Vladislav worked as a restorer, and Rakov – the town where he found his own studio.
Fairy tales of Nesvizh
Vladislav was born on March 6, 1977 in Minsk. He demonstrated remarkable painting talent, and enrolled on the art school in 1986; however, after a while, Vladislav continued his training in the private studio of G. Zelskiy, professor of visual art, where classes were held one-to-one. Here, Vladislav Rutkovski made his first steps as a sculptor, and understood that he had found his true vocation in life. In 1993, he enrolled on the art restoration school, where he studied painting on wood. In 1995, Rutkovski was admitted into Glebov Art College, where he majored in sculpture. In 1999, Vladislav enrolled on Belarus State Academy of Arts, and started exhibiting his works of art.
In 2005, Vladislav Rutkovski graduated from Belarus State Academy of Arts, and was recommended for admission into the union of artists. At that time, Vladislav worked as a supervisor of the studio of painting and sculpture at the National Centre of Artwork for Children and Youth.
In 2006, Vladislav Rutkovski was awarded a certificate of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus for taking part in the republican exhibition Art-vakatsiya with his students. In a year, the artist started working in the creative workshop under the direction of M. Savitsky, the People’s Artist of Belarus.
From 2009 to 2013, Vladislav Rutkovski worked in the restoration workshop. He took part in the restoration of such historical sites as the castles in Nesvizh and Mir, the Janka Kupala National Theatre, the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus and others, and was awarded a certificate of appreciation for that.
Later, the artist founded a workshop near the Rakov town, in his historical homeland, where he created unique sculptures, employing the acquired professional expertise. Using the ancient technology of melted wax, Vladislav Rutkovski carefully sees to each stage of the sculpture making process. The artist has invented his own technique of covering a sculpture with patina, which makes his works extraordinarily charming.
This catalogue highlights the Mystery Play series of sculptures, inspired by the artist’s feelings and emotions. The artist rejects the boring, lifeless spirit of formal sculpture, filling his works with the Belarusian culture spirit. The sculptures resemble the inhabitants of the ruined and long-forgotten castles; mysterious, as if having stepped out of the shadow, they evoke memories of balls, fireworks and fancy dress parties. Venetian Night, The Infanta, The Harlequins’ Dreams represent the close connection with Italy, the elevated Italian culture, as well as the reference to the bonds between the Radzivills and the Medici; however, the artist also preserves the unique spirit of the sites, castles and legends that are so close to his heart and to Belarus as a whole.
The Best Interior Sculpture 2013 exhibition and competition / First prize
Republican art exhibition of painting and sculpture
Republican art exhibition Youth 2011
Republican art exhibition Kalyadny Fest
Republican art exhibition Kalyadny Fest
Belarus Art Week / Second prize
Republican art exhibition of the 2002-2007 Belarus State Academy of Arts alumni
Republican exhibition of young artists Art-vakatsiya under the auspices of the National Centre of Artwork for Children and Youth / Awarded a certificate of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus
Art exhibition devoted to the 60th anniversary of Belarus State Academy of Arts
The Academy of Arts exhibition in the Palace of the Republic
The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the Earth and Heaven of Ferdinand exhibition
The Glebov Art College anniversary exhibition in the Palace of Arts
The artist’s works are exhibited in the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, as well as represented in the private collections in Belarus, Russia, Poland and Germany.