Contemporary Russian artist
Yulia Mamontova (Zabrodina)
Yulia Mamontova’s works have been exhibited at The Museum of the Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia (Moscow), The State Fashion Museum (Gostiny Dvor, Moscow), The Gustav Mahler Museum (Jihlava, Czech Republic) and many other venues in Russia and abroad. The paintings are also in private collections in Russia, Greece, the United States, and Saudi Arabia.
A special place in the creative biography of Yulia Mamontova is occupied by charity. The artist holds individual exhibitions and participates in charity projects in support of those who need help:
- 2020, Master class on non-traditional technique «Encaustic» for children of an orphanage (Vladimir region, Russia)
- 2019, Charity exhibition within the framework of the fair «Arts & Crafts Show». All proceeds from the sale of paintings were donated to orphaned children from a tribe in Peru (Huntington beach, USA)
- 2019, Personal charity exhibition of encaustic «Honey spas». Fundraising for the operation of screenwriter Egor Kondratev together with the Gosha Kutsenko Foundation «Life with cerebral palsy» (Moscow, Russia)
- 2016, Charity auction as a part of the evening of pianist Yuriy Rozum. The proceeds from the sale of the painting were transferred to the Yuriy Rozum International Charitable Foundation for comprehensive support of musically gifted children (Moscow, Russia)
Perhaps, It may sound a little corny and naive, but my main goal in art and in life is to change the world for the better. And I do it my own special way.
In my works, I show how important history and traditions are for the contemporary world and its transformation. I successfully use both classical methods and materials of painting (oil paints, canvases), and non-traditional ones – multilayering, collage techniques, wax paints and even hot tools, thanks to which I create textured surfaces on a variety of bases – from wood to metal.
One of the main themes of my work is the revival of the lost. The source of this motif is the history of my family. My ancestors once fought for the development and preservation of Russian culture. It was the study of archives and information about that time that led me to think about the phenomenon of the Renaissance.
It is impossible to plunge into this question without studying history. History is a cyclical process in which periods of decline are replaced by periods of recovery. This science has a significant influence on my work and the study of traditions and cultures of different countries inspires me to create new works.
The history of individual States, cities, generations and the entire world in general includes periods of decline and formation. In my works, I convey this theme, for example, through the prism of architecture, which always reflects its era, but doesn’t always retain its original appearance and often undergoes changes to be reborn in a new incarnation.
The theme of cyclical history is also reflected in the techniques that I am interested in. Creating my paintings, I restore forgotten knowledge, popularize ancient painting techniques, such as encaustic painting and painting on metals.
Studying the history and origins, understanding their influence and role are important topics in many areas, including painting.
I see my global mission as promoting the revival of cultures and art from different eras. A successful combination of contemporary and ancient techniques, their harmonious synthesis is my way to change the world for the better. I’m sure this mission possible.