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Slava Ilyayev

Born in 1970 in Baku, Azerbaijan (formerly part of the U.S.S.R.), Israeli artist, Slava Ilyayev is a master of the palette knife. his technique is comprised of three main stages. First he creates the composition using a blend of colors to build a base layer. He then applies swathes of paint, creating a layered and heavy texture. Finally he sketches and carves the raised paint. Due to the thickly layered paint, Ilyayev’s artwork can take upwards of a year to completely dry.

Ilyayev’s colorful and vivid compositions, which highlight light and shadow, are reminiscent of the transitions between seasons and carry on the traditions of Post-Impressionists like Vincent van Gogh. His art is exemplified by swathes of color raised above the canvas, resulting in textured compositions that transform nature into an exciting, joyful, and vibrant force.

lyayev's works have been shown in various group and one-man exhibitions throughout Israel, the United States, Europe and Asia. Ilyayev, his wife, Alexandra, and their children live in Tel Aviv where he teaches art.