Bayda-Benua The door is open, please come in My home is for all who travel. (Maximilian Voloshin) Art is the road that leads us to the gate, which opened wide – or even a little – allows us to peer into the very depths of the human soul. This lets us decipher secrets, otherwise incomprehensible , hence the mysteries of nature. And we can then express that through creativity. This gift is not given to all, only to the chosen ones. Only the latter , only justly be called true artists .Gregory Joseph Bayda-Benua is one of these. This is a remarkable artist with an all- penetrating curiosity, equally talented in everything he tries his hand at. A painter, An Sculptor, a restorer , a decorator endowed with a wild imagination… and before that a professional singer and a cinematographer – – “ the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker.” Everything he does is filled with original and provocative. One gets the sense that he is bound for this by the very names he inherited from his famous ancestors. Historical associations come to the mind, when we hear two elements of that double name. You sure have heard the name of Alexander Benois, a son and a brother of famous architects. He was one of the founders of the creative union Mir Iskusstva [“Art World”] A Writer, literary and art critic, the decorator of Diaghilev’s renowned ballet “Russian Seasons “ in Paris.
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