German writer and pictorialist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is quoted as affirming, “Objects in pictures should be so arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.” While such a statement can be related to some principals and elements of composition it applies itself best to specific movements in art history. The realm of fantasy, whimsical and surrealism speak volumes to the words of Goethe's affirmation; where through a single chapter of a chronicle the visual narrative is transcribed. This July at Paseo Originals Art Gallery the exhibit “From Russia With Love” will bring together a retrospective of metaphor driven whimsical fantasy art from four distinctive bodies of work by Pavel Wang Yu Tsai. The twenty nine paintings chosen for the exhibit canvas an array of subject matter from Biblical and Buddhist anecdotes to euphemisms associated with puppetry and universal creationism. Solid comprehension of Pavel's art is best attained through the observation of a body of his work. In observance of his individual artworks the viewer is left with a list of questions or assumptions. Series to series his visual compositions are like novels from a tome. Intensely biographical in nature, the oil on canvas and panel narratives, are spun stories from the bristles of the artist's brushes.
Yu Tsai was born in 1956 along the northern foothills of the Terskei-Alatau range of Kyrgyzstan, near the Karakol river in in Przheval'sk, Russia. In 1983 he entered the Moscow People's University Faculty of the Fine Arts program to study painting and drawing. A clever pupil, Pavel graduated the university after only three years of study in 1985. He then used his arts education to gain work within the film industry as an art assistant; later rising to the position of art director for several films and tv series such as “Legal Advice”, “And Said The Blind”, “Karagyz”, “Lullaby”, “Metamorphosis”, “Exodus”, and “Resurrection”. Though film has played a prominent role in his history Yu Tsai has been actively engaged in personal creative work since 1989. In 2007, after a lifetime of working with his creative abilities, Pavel was admitted to the Kyrgyzskoy Republic Union of Artists and in 2010 into the Kyrgystan Union of Cinematographers. In 1993 Yu Tsai opened his first solo exhibition at the State Museum of Contemporary Arts, G. Aytieva. While the artist has had several solo exhibitions in his home country the exhibit at Paseo Originals Art Gallery will be his first major solo exhibition in the United States.
The gallery will hold an opening reception for the exhibit “From Russia With Love” on Friday, July 6th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm during the Paseo First Friday Artwalk. As per the gallery's tradition there will be live music, wine tasting at the wine bar, a light selection of foods to nibble on and of course amazing artwork at the reception. There will be an artist lecture held in the feature gallery during the following Saturday, July the 7th at 3:00 pm. The exhibit will culminate in celebratory spirit through a cocktail closing reception in the gallery on Saturday, July 28th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. The artist, who speaks no English, will be in attendance and accompanied by a translator during all associated gallery events. The events and exhibit are free and open to the public.