Ted Vasin. b. 1966
Born in Moscow, Ted graduated from the Moscow School of Art and Design in 1986 before immigrating to the United States to pursue his artistic career. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout California, such as those at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery and the San Francisco Design Center, both in 2000. In 1999, Ted was awarded the ARTWORLDGALLERY.com National Juried Competition Prize, and his work was featured in various publications and periodicals, including New American Paintings. His works can be found in private collections throughout the USA. In his paintings, Vasin depicts bite size images of industrial machinery, metal pipes, fire extinguishers and cognitive wheels among other objects, in a realist manner. His works provide the viewer with a behind the scenes glimpse at the machinery that supports modern day life and ultimately he imbues these unappealing yet necessary tools with a sense of beauty. Through his works, the viewer learns to appreciate these hidden objects which paradoxically support our demanding lifestyles. His work also serves to subvert the popular consensus that we live in the 'information age" by highlighting the fact that we still cannot survive without mechanical machinery.