Rain the artist

Bio

Rain is a classically-trained, symbolist painter with a passion for dark surrealism, utilizing allegorical and at times provocative imagery to convey ideas about the more elusive aspects of the human condition.

After immigrating to the United States from Ukraine in 1999, she continued pursuing an education in fine art, first at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, and subsequently at School of Visual Arts. During the student years, she was influenced by renowned mentors, such as Steven Assael and Donato Giancola, whose guidance helped develop a singular focus, diligent work ethic, and an expanded vision of where she could explore her ideas.

Presently, Rain lives in New York and exhibits alongside her idols, both domestically and internationally.

 
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red devil by Rain

Artist Statement

My devotion to fine art began in Ukraine, where it served as a remedy against night terrors that plagued me from infancy. I found solace in releasing the terrifying images trapped in my mind onto canvas. The more I painted, the more liberated I felt, the more fascinated I was with the power of art over the heart and mind.   My work has evolved monumentally, graduating from studious interpretation of nightmares to realization of their significance in philosophical and archetypal context.  These present interests allow me to shed light on the darker aspects of the subconscious, allowing me to be at once honest, vulnerable, and empowered about my own humanity with my audience.

The ultimate purpose of my work had also evolved over time. Having found catharsis in artistic exorcisms, I now seek to affect a similar kind of salvation: to create uncensored and seek genuine wisdom. The ideas portrayed in my work, although visually unique, are actually quite universal. Nostalgia, Enlightenment, Solitude, Lust, Mortality, Time, and the like intrigue us all. In this way, my art speaks to everyone who listens.

 
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Exhibitions

Haven Gallery: “Into the Woods” Group Show – 10/2015

Last Rites Gallery: “Flesh to Canvas” Group Show – 7/2015

Saint Paul’s Church: “Nightfall” Group Show – October 2015

Astoria Art Expo – 10/ 2014

Saint Vitus: “Beastiary” Group Show – 11/ 2014

Three Jolly Pigeons: “The Green Man” Group Show – 5/ 2014

East Side Ink: “Cranial” Group Show – 8/2013

Three Jolly Pigeons: “Red Devils” Group Show – 10/ 2012

Bluedoor Art Gallery: “Heritage” Group Show – 9/2011

Illuxcon: Main Show – 10/2018

Haven Gallery: “Time” Group show – 8/2018

Hughes Gallery: “3AM” Group Show – 10/2017

Distinction Gallery: Group Show – 9/ 2017

Illuxcon: Main Show – 10/2017

BeinArt Gallery: “If Our Own Words Fail Us” Group Show – 3/ 2017

Haven Gallery: “Songs of Maldoror” Solo Show – 9/ 2016

Body Language Tattoo: Group Show – 2016