Steven Rensovoux : Hello Boris, and congratulations on your winning Art Registry World Artist Grant. How it feels?
Boris Zoubkous : Thank you, I am still in shock. It feels great!
Steven Rensovoux : The theme that you submitted for the ARW Grant consideration was "I SURVIVED ART",- tell us more about it.
Boris Zoubkous : "I SURVIVED ART " is a product of many years of trying to survive in art and life - physically, mentally, spiritually. Being an immigrant artist who came from USSR to US with $200 and worked on most crazy jobs possible just trying to make ends meet for many years, loosing art works due to moving from place to place, no storage, natural disasters (100 of my works were destroyed by a flood), having no money or any support, I was still creating art works, believing and surviving. The conceptual part of "I SURVIVED ART" is also kind of "above the battle view" of contemporary art world, where Art History, personal effort, emotions, struggle, money can play a very devastating role in the life of the artist, so for me, besides just physical/economical survival being an artist is sharply and dominantly a spiritual survival. How you can love something that for many years does not pay back, challenges you emotionally, socially (I am speaking about being an artist) and stay sane, strong, persuing? Love is the answer.
Steven Rensovoux : Does Russian Art oeuvre plays a role in your perception of the Art World, Art History and your place in it?
Boris Zoubkous : Of course! ( Andy Warhole (slavic), Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagal, El Lissitsky, Rodchenko, Eisenstein, Popova, Falk, Petrov- Vodkin, Mayakovsky, etc.etc.etc) Russian artists and philosophers shaped most of the conceptual and aesthetic principles of Modern and Conceptual Art in the World that other artists are still using/revolting/musing/re-constructing the Art and the World thanks to the enormous Russian influence. So the Russian soul (very broad and deep sensitivity and sensibility ) forms me as a person and as an artist. Also I did spend last 20 years in US and was influenced by Western Art, I am feeling the edge of being contemporary artist as a World Artist.