Dima Gorbunov — Russian artist, born in 1985 in Toliati. He began his creative development in St Petersburg, graduating from Rerih Arts College in Sculpture and went onto continue his education at The Russian Academy of Arts. During his studies, Dima took part in several exhibitions organised by the Russian Artist Union. In 2011, Dima makes a decision to leave the Academy and continue on his artistic journey alone. He held his first solo exhibition in a private gallery in Cap Ferrat (Cote D’Azur), South of France. The exhibition was successful and the works are of the young artist become of interest to collectors of Fine and Modern Art. His original works are sold to collectors all over Europe.
The key theme uniting Dima’s latest works in “Groundhog Night” series is a cult of nightlife in which his heroes abandon their spiritual existence, and like primitive insects fly towards the bright neon lights of the night, trapped in this world of illusion forever. They engage in nocturnal motions striving to embody their fantasies and desires, thus falling into a cyclical segment of time being in which they repeatedly return to the start of their journey and re-live it all over again.
In his works, Dima avoids detailed psychological profiling of individual characters, detracting from moral judgment to create an accurate portrait of the ‘consumption society’ eloquently epitomized by his heroes.
The focus Dima affords to this theme reflects the topical trend of decadence and defragmentation as illustrated in such novels as F.S. Fitzgerald’s timeless “The Great Gatsby” and J.G. Ballard’s bald and rhetoric “Cocaine Nights”. Just like in the novels, Dima’s works deal with the idea of dystopian resort communities, which maintain their seemingly perfect balance thanks to a great number of dark secrets and intrigues.
The painter addresses the traditions of the classic masters such as Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and by utilizing their compositional solutions whilst avoiding excessive amount of detail, relieves us of the natural empathy towards the characters and their convictions. In his works Dima displays the towering nature of performance set against the modern background, the combination of which allows the viewer to distantly observe and interpret the presented scenarios simply as patterns of the night. This specific trait is what makes Dima’s works so accessible and can be interpreted as a signature style of the artist.