Victor Bregeda: Self Portrait
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Russian-U.S. artist Victor Bregeda was born in 1963 in the city of Taganrog into a family of painters. The artist states that he has been painting since he can first remember himself. After completing his art studies at an art university in Moscow, Bregeda made a decision to go along with his own personal comprehension of what creative art was really all about. This was in direct contrast to the strict rules of the teaching he had received.

He was particularly attracted by the smooth painting espoused by the Dutch school of painting. Those artists who inspired him the most were Leonardo Da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Bruegel, Max Ernst, Nikolai Rerikh, and he states, "I also like the French school of the 18th - 19th centuries...and in addition, the works of Andrew Wyeth. My artistic abilities are in my blood, thanks to my forefathers, and I grew up in a strong creative environment."

Bregeda's key directions are working with Plein Aire Landscapes, still lifes and portraits, performed in a metarealistic style with a strong influence of subconscious philosophy. The artist is using a mélange of techniques, materials, and styles and tries to invent new ones. Victor's art is displayed in art galleries and museums nationwide and worldwide. In his works Victor Bregeda shows the real nature of things hidden from empirical understanding. "I base all of my artwork on observation or experimentation... not on theory."

Singers Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow, boxer Oscar De La Hoya have collected Bregeda art as have actors Burt Reynolds, Connie Seleca, and John Tesh. Bregeda's artwork commands attention, it is both subtle and powerful. It is timeless, thought provoking, elevating in substance, and flawlessly executed.

"Metarealism" is a direction in Russian literature and art that was born in the seventies - eighties of the last century. The notion "metarealism" - (meta means "through") - philosophically speaking, this is metaphysical realism. Meaning realism of hyperphysical nature of things. The main expression of its essence is given with metabola (on the contrary to hyperbole) which means "transfer", "transition", opening many dimensions. Metabola is different from the symbol because it assumes the interosculation of realities. And metarealism has very little to do with surrealism, since it appeals to the superconscious and not to subconscious thus opening many-dimensional perception of the world.

Article by: Vika Bregeda
Translation: Alexander Mirgorodski