About the artist
Before turning to arts, Pavel Zeldovich enjoyed an accomplished international career as an architect. He worked in architectural firms in Vienna, London, Moscow, and New York, most notably in the internationally famous firm Zaha Hadid Architects.
The works in this project are also united by the visual approach that can be observed in most of Pavel Zeldovich's works: an ironic contrast between the external deliberate decorative effect and the ambiguous and sometimes even uncomfortable
phenomena depicted in the paintings.
The technique of the works based on 3d modeling is largely the product of Pavel Zeldovich's long international career as an architect. He was a student and later colleague of the great Zaha Hadid, famous for introducing advanced computer-aided design techniques into architecture. By becoming an artist Pavel applies his computer skills, acquired during many years of work as an architect, in a completely new capacity.
The artistic influences which have shaped Pavel Zeldovich as an artist reflect the path of many contemporary artists from the former Soviet Union: echoes of the legacy of Soviet Socialist Realism mixed with influences from postwar modern art in the West. In Pavel's case, the latter includes American photorealists of the 1970s such as Richard
Estes, Ralph Goings, Chuck Close, and Charles Bell. The basic principle of their work has largely shaped the Repetitive Actions project. These artists
deliberately and meticulously reproduced on their canvases the "dull" places of the American backwoods. The act of recreating a trivial place or
object transformed these supposedly insignificant things into something important and majestic. Reinterpretations of Soviet Socialist Realism (largely
based on the traditions of the Renaissance) can easily be found in many of the works of the Repetitive Actions project, above all in Pavel's particular love for circular compositions-rotundas, which in many ways parody Soviet decorative stucco on monumental facades.
2013 – Masters degree from University of Applied
Arts, Vienna, Austria (Studio Zaha Hadid, under tutorship by Zaha Hadid and
2008 – Masters degree from Moscow Architectural
School Class, 2021, digital print (3d modeling), Copies: 5+2 artist proof
2021, digital print (3d modeling), Copies: 5+2 artist proof