Ivan Klymenko

Ivan Klymenko lives and works in Prague. Ivan works in different areas of painting, such as realism, impressionism, expressionism, abstractionism, figurative art, graphics, and collage.

At the beginning of his career, Ivan tried various media such as pencil, charcoal, pastel, sanguine, ink, watercolour, gouache, tempera, but currently prefers to work with oil paints on canvas.

Ivan actively participates both in solo and group exhibitions all over the world.

Picture of artist Ivan Klymenko

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A photographer.

Are there any specific artists or movements that have influenced your work?
Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter and Mark Rothko.

How and where do you find inspiration on a regular basis?
It can be in nature, in people, in getting to know the cultures and architecture of other countries.

What does your process look like from ideation to completion?
Often an idea comes up, I try to analyze it and imagine how it can be realized, I often make sketches and, when possible, I realize it on canvas or paper.

What emotions or thoughts do you wish to spark in viewers?
In any case, this will not work out, there are a lot of people, a lot of opinions, a lot of thoughts and there is criticism, but in general - sympathy.

How has your practice or style changed over time?
I think the execution of work has improved. I began to understand what I want to do in the end - this helps not to do unnecessary things and focus on the main thing.