The Details

Updated: Dec 8, 2019

An exhibition featuring hyperrealistic paintings by renowned Ukrainian artist Dmitriy Krestniy has opened to the public on November 27. Stunning large-scale paintings left the viewers speechless at the opening night of his solo exhibition at AMD Gallery in Kyiv.


Stunning hyperrealistic paintings of the Ukrainian artist left the viewers speechless at the opening night of his solo exhibition at AMD Gallery in Kyiv.

The AMD Gallery in Kyiv, Ukraine is holding its new exhibition, "The Details". An exhibition featuring hyperrealistic paintings by renowned Ukrainian artist Dmitriy Krestniy has opened to the public on November 27. Ukrainian politicians, art collectors, celebrities and influencers visited the exhibition. They say that the artist’s works are striking in their credibility and the amazing accuracy of the reproduction. “He is incredibly talented; his paintings cannot be distinguished from photographs. The detailing here is absolutely stunning,” said one of the visitors, looking at the canvases. Of particular interest to the public was Krestniy’s latest work, “Beyond reality”, a stylish hyper-realistic 150*120 portrait of a young girl covered with plastic.

Despite his young age and lack of art education, Dmitriy Krestniy is one of the most prominent representatives of modern Ukrainian hyperrealism. “I never studied classical drawing, but painting has always been my passion, and I remember always trying to convey the image as realistically as possible. I prefer realism as a style of art; admire the work of Michelangelo, da Vinci. For me, art is when the concept of peace is clear, the picture must be realistic,” says Krestniy. Working in the technique of hyperrealism, Dmitry honed his own unique style. His paintings are recognizable. He paints mainly female portraits equally well using charcoal, pencil, or oil. Krestniy says female images inspire him. “I am focused on femininity, beauty, and fragility of woman body and soul. For me, a woman is a most beautiful creation of God,” says the artist.

Krestniy thinks that hyperrealism is a new global trend in art. “I see how many talented artists work in hyperrealistic technique. Competition is extremely strong. They draw not only naked women but also shoes, soccer balls, cars, nature. Clients, the connoisseurs of art, want the paintings to be as photo-friendly as possible,” says Dmitriy. He considers with great admiration the works of Chinese hyperrealists in watercolor. Among his contemporaries also marks the German artist Mike Dargas. “Many people think that in hyperrealism there is no creativity, only technique. I deeply disagree, and ready to argue with every such statement. Either way, the image of what you are going to portray is born in your head. Your emotions and your vision of this world are invested in the work. What is it if not creativity?” says Krestniy. Dmitry claims that art is a constant self-improvement. In the process of art itself, he acquires new techniques. Among other things, Dmitry takes time to teach painting. He shares his experience with students, teaches them the basics of drawing and techniques that he mastered. Most of the works displayed in AMD Gallery are part of private collections of fans of hyperrealism all over the world.



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Dmitriy Krestniy (born 1983) is a Ukrainian artist known for his hyper-realistic drawings and paintings of women. His first public exhibition took place in Kyiv in April 2017. Now his works are part of numerous private collections in Ukraine and abroad. Dmitriy Krestniy lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. https://www.instagram.com/krestniy/

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