Sergey & Olga Kamennoy (KAMU)
KAMU – is the creative
union of two artists, Sergey and Olga Kemennoy who have painted under
the pseudonym KAMU since 1999.
Sergey was born in 1959
in Kharkov, Ukraine. From 1974 – 1978 he studied at art school,
attending the Academy of Art in Kharkov from 1978 – 1983. He has been a
member of the Artists Union of Ukraine since 1988. During his studies
he became aware that he was color blind, though he excelled in drawing
and etching. He built a successful career in drawing. Olga was born in
with Olga consists today of working together on every piece of art.
Sergey makes preparative drawings in black and white, he draws the
characters, subjects on gold leaf and adds engravings. Olga chooses and
works with colors and also draws faces.
Sergey’s expertise in
art history and fine art background brings to these works a new visual
language. Olga is a subtle colorists and simultaneously, the model and
muse. The results in their paintings come from this unique
collaboration. The work is inspired by previous eras. The paintings
pull influences from medieval stained glass windows, Renaissance
portraits, tapestries, engravings by Durer, profiles on coins and
reliefs of Gothic cathedrals.
The paintings depict
women, lost in her reverie. The art combines male and female - Yin –
Yan, to the themes of the paintings as they combine delicate feminine
image with hunting or scenes of battle. Through the medieval theme they
provide for the woman her most important role of the Dreamer.
The contrast between
drawings and delicate female form highlights the vulnerability and
fragility of the model. The ornamentation is also pulled from more
modern influences, rejecting straight lines and angles in favor of more
natural lines. The peculiarity of the technique of the artists is a
unique technology of colors and wax, using gold leafs; a combination of
acrylic and oil paint. The eternal themes makes these works timeless.
artworks have been acquired by many museums in Russia, Ukraine, Italy,
and France. Currently they live in Paris, France.