Forms & Metaphors II by Temo Svirely
October 19 – November 11, 2012

Georgian-Ukrainian artist Temo Svirely returned to the Ukrainian Institute of America with Forms and Metaphors II.  Some 30 paintings in both figurative and abstract styles were shown from October 19 – November 11, 2012, at the Ukrainian Institute’s historic headquarters at 2 East 79th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. An opening reception with the artist was held on October 19, 2012.

Svirely is well known for his artistic experiments with energy, space, and expression. He writes: “Inconsistency is the universal quality of the universe. In this prism forms and non-forms, abstract and real, pain and joy, creation and destruction, life and death are not contradictory ideas but equal manifestations of the constantly moving cycle of cause and effect. Consequently I apply this or that artistic form of expression as a means of conveying as well as possible the essence of the world in which I live and breathe.”

The artist has exhibited in France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Russia, as well as his native Georgia and Ukraine. He was born in Zhinvali, Republic of Georgia, in 1964 and graduated from the Zhinvali Art School and the Tblisi Academy of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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“Art at the Institute” is sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street, New York.