Synkroniciti is thrilled to welcome Sergey Dobrynov, a visual artist working with oil paints and ink on glass, living in Ukraine. We feature two of his paintings, “Kiss” and “Archangel,” as well as a short article “Behind the Art,” in which he tells us about the fascinating art of glass painting and his meticulous process. Each piece takes two weeks or slightly more to make. Imagine practicing such an art and creating beautiful, breakable pieces in a country at war. “Kiss” satirizes Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, famous for his fervent Soviet kisses of communist leaders and important Soviets. The Soviet kiss was an institution from Stalin’s era forward to the Gorbachev and Yeltsin years, but no one did so with such gusto as Brezhnev. Sergey depicts him kissing Christ, an obvious allusion to Judas. “Archangel” is a piece that recalls medieval art and takes its inspiration from Chapter Twelve of Revelation in the Bible, where the Archangel Michael kills a dragon who symbolizes Satan. Goodness does not only survive, it is triumphant over evil.
Sergey Dobrynov was born in Lugansk, Ukraine, where he studied at an art school. Now he is studying at the magistracy of the Institute of Culture and Arts in Poltava, Ukraine. His specialty is glass painting with oil paints and ink. In his works, he seeks to convey knowledge and understanding of the world to others and to future generations and show the beauty that is in our world. He finds inspiration in nature and gardening.