Painted Equator Gallery

The painter Petr Stronskiy, national artist of the Russian Federation and the member of the Moscow Artists‘ Union, has become the ambassador of the Painted Euquator Gallery. He graduated from the Moscow State Art Academy. His talent and art education helped him to become a master of various art genres. He has a distinctive style that makes his works easily recognizable. He is the author of the bronze statue of the Good Angel of Peace, which he installs in various countries and cities of the planet as a message of peace and friendship. Since 2007 he has been the President of the International Academy of Culture and Art in Moscow, which activity aims to achieve and develop mutual understanding and friednship between the nations through the culture and art as a universal tool.

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Carpathian Space Art, the international art festival in Ukraine, premiered in May 2016 in Ivano-Frankovsk. The aim of the festival is to unite the countries of the Carpathians not only through the territory, but also through the art. More than 50 people participated in our project, including the participant at the Winter Olympics in freestyle skiing Nadija Didenko, journalist Lesja Pushik, the chairman of the Writers‘ Union Eugen Baran, director and dramaturge Raguli Vlasidze, physicist Ivan Hasjuk.

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Umenie v Karpatoch
Umenie v Karpatoch
Umenie v Karpatoch
Umenie v Karpatoch
Umenie v Karpatoch
Umenie v Karpatoch
Umenie v Karpatoch
Umenie v Karpatoch
Umenie v Karpatoch
Umenie v Karpatoch
  

The new ambassadors of the Painted Equator Gallery has become: Ibrahim Ghazala (Egypt), painter, he devotes himself to landscape painting and portraiture. He draws his inspiration from the beauty of the nature around the world thanks to his project the Paintings of the World through the Eyes of an Egyptian. Since 2008 he has been the director of the International Symposium Luxor. He is the president of Visual Arts magazine. Zufar Gimayev (Tatarstan, Russian Federation), painter, pedagogue, member of the Union of Fine Artists of the Russian Federation and chairman of the Union of Fine Artists of the Republic of Tatarstan. Since 2012 he has been an honorary member of the UNESCO International Humanitarian Academy. Ahmet Erman Karagoz (Cyprus), painter, he presented his works at the exhibitions in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Nicosia and Ankara. Yelena Ralina (Kazakhstan), artist from Astana, where she lives and works in her studio. She is a laureate in many art awards. Vasile Sitari (Moldova) is an associate professor at the Moldova Academy of Music, Theatre and Art. Since 1996 he has been a member of AIAP UNESCO in Paris and since 2007 a member of the Union of Moldovan Artists. Khalid Al Tahmazi (Bahrain) studied art at the Bahraini Arts Association, of which he later became a member. His work has signs of different cultures, a combination of figurative and abstract work. He is a member of World Wide Arts Resources.

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Noví vyslanci
Noví vyslanci
Noví vyslanci
Noví vyslanci
Noví vyslanci
Noví vyslanci
 

On Saturday May 21st 2016, Andrej Smolák Gallery in Snina opened its doors during The Night of Museums and Galleries. The exhibition entitled Celebrities in the Gallery presented pictures from the PEG project by Slovak and Czech personalities such as Ivan Gašparovič, Pavol Hammel, Jan Grešo, Lenka Šóošová, Maroš Kramár, Dara Rolins, Zuzana Fialová, Miroslav Dvorský, Ján Mucha, Peter Bondra, Martin Dejdar and many others. The exhibition was held in blue and white colours, from decoration to catering. The ladies and girls who were dressed in red-black clothes were given an art gift dedicated by the gallery. The music program was enriched by the violinist Adriana Leško and the surprise of the evening was the bodypainting by Ivana Kuriščáková.

 

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Celebrity v galérii
Celebrity v galérii
Celebrity v galérii
Celebrity v galérii
Celebrity v galérii
Celebrity v galérii
Celebrity v galérii
Celebrity v galérii
Celebrity v galérii
Celebrity v galérii
 

In the newly built Painted Equator Gallery pictures from Slovak presidents can not be absent. Like from many others, they will be the memory and legacy of these personalities. Mr. president Ivan Gašparovič has kindly welcomed us in his office, where we delivered paints, brushes and canvas. He painted a picture of a tinker. He decided to support the good idea of ​​the project, positive thinking, togetherness and humanity. Mr Gašparovič is really handy and skilful, and you can see for yourself in the PEG gallery.

Video from the Presidential Office is available here:

 

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V prezidentskej kancelárii
V prezidentskej kancelárii
V prezidentskej kancelárii
V prezidentskej kancelárii

 

And neither are the generations that brought us up. The art of lacemaking and tinkering, in which mostly these generations are actively involved, is slowly disappearing. In today’s world it is no longer as popular as it used to be, when it was present in every household. Therefore we decided to eternalise these crafts and we offered tinkers and lacemakers to participate in the project Painted Equator Gallery. Their works will become a legacy and a memory for the next generations, who will see them in the newly built gallery in the next few years.

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REMESLÁ NIE SÚ NA ODPIS
REMESLÁ NIE SÚ NA ODPIS
REMESLÁ NIE SÚ NA ODPIS
REMESLÁ NIE SÚ NA ODPIS
REMESLÁ NIE SÚ NA ODPIS
REMESLÁ NIE SÚ NA ODPIS
REMESLÁ NIE SÚ NA ODPIS
REMESLÁ NIE SÚ NA ODPIS
REMESLÁ NIE SÚ NA ODPIS
REMESLÁ NIE SÚ NA ODPIS
 

Chess players – participants of the Chess Championship Slovakia, which took place in Banská Štiavnica, contributed to our project. One of the greatest stars of the tournament was clearly young talented player Hikaru Nakamura, originally from Japan, who is currently one of the best American chess players. At the age of 10, he has become the youngest American chess grandmaster in the history. He also became the world champion and represented the USA at the Olympics in chess. He also expressed his passion for chess by the picture for the PEG project - he painted the Chess Night Scene.

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Šachisti maľujú
Šachisti maľujú
Šachisti maľujú
Šachisti maľujú
Šachisti maľujú
Šachisti maľujú
Šachisti maľujú
Šachisti maľujú
Šachisti maľujú
Šachisti maľujú

 

On Saturday morning, in the recreation area Sninské rybníky, started a nationwide competition organised by the Slovak Red Cross, called Young Rescuers. Almost 140 SRC voluntary rescuers in six-member teams consecutively came to help the injured and sick at 12 competition posts.

One of these posts was called Painted Equator and was designed for the relax of the competitors and focused on their involvement in the project. In addition, the Painted Equator project was also enriched by the participation of a great personality among rescuers, doctors and students, the President of the SRC, Viliam Dobiáš. One of the contestants said: "I don't know how to paint angel wings." Viliam Dobiáš replied promptly: „Look, I will hold a mirror in front of you.“

We thank all the angels for their plentiful participation and cooperation!

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Mladí záchranári
Mladí záchranári
Mladí záchranári
Mladí záchranári
Mladí záchranári
Mladí záchranári
Mladí záchranári
Mladí záchranári
Mladí záchranári
Mladí záchranári

We addressed the chairman of the Slovak Paralympic Committee, Ján Riapoš, and offered him to join the project together with the Slovak Paralympians. Mr. Riapoš accepted it without any hesitation. He organised a meeting in the National Rehabilitation Center in Kováčová near Zvolen, where over 150 voluntary participants came to paint in two days.

So we got a hold of pictures from interesting personalities: Veronika Vadovičová - world champion in shooting, Henrieta Farkašová – nine times winner of the Paralympics and fifteen times winner of World Cup in para alpine skiing. Jakub Krako - downhill skier and five times Paralympic winner, Štefan Kopčík - world champion in air rifle 60 in lying, Marcel Pavlík - European archery champion, other paralympic medalists Martin Ludrovský, Monika Kunkelová, Iveta Chlebáková, Jozef Miština and others.

The project was also supported by Róbert Opatovský - musician, Viliam Čislák – the Minister of Health, Oľga Zábojníková - director of NRC Kováčová, Bibiána Riapošová - member of the Slovak parliament.

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Slovenskí paralympionici
Slovenskí paralympionici
Slovenskí paralympionici
Slovenskí paralympionici
Slovenskí paralympionici
Slovenskí paralympionici
Slovenskí paralympionici
Slovenskí paralympionici
Slovenskí paralympionici
Slovenskí paralympionici

The project is designed for personalities from all the spheres of social life and those who have achieved something in their lives. It is not for children. As Mrs. Katarína Ráczová is the ambassador of the Painted Equator project and she organised together with the Slovak Olympic Committee a workshop for young sportsmen from several countries in the High Tatras, we made an exception. I brought paints and canvases to Starý Smokovec and for two days young athletes as well as adult Olympians painted their pictures.

In my speech among other things, I said to the young sportsmen – artists: “The project is designed for personalities and those who have achieved something in their lives. By allowing you to participate in the project, it is your duty to achieve success in your life, whether in sports or other areas. Talk about the idea of ​​the project everywhere. Also present sportsmen took part, including the gold medalist Dariusz Goździak at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona 1992. Of course, Katarína Ráczová - ambassador for sports, tolerance, fair play SR, as well as the Chairman of Slovak Olympic Committee František Chmelár.

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Slovenský olympijský výbor
Slovenský olympijský výbor
Slovenský olympijský výbor
Slovenský olympijský výbor
Slovenský olympijský výbor
Slovenský olympijský výbor
Slovenský olympijský výbor
Slovenský olympijský výbor
 

As a student I met Irina, who was also a student, in Rostov Velikiy in Russia. After thirty years Irina found me through social networks. She arrived in Snina and was a guest at the International Fine Art Festival. She joined the project and painted a picture. She started to promote the idea of the project in Saratov. Irina was a TV announcer. Together with her daughter Marina they organised the biggest project presentation we have ever given, got sponsors and approached the personalities. They invited me to Saratov and paid for my trip and stay. They also organised an exhibition of my paintings. Several television companies and various other media came.

Many personalities were painting the pictures, for example the Minister of Culture of the Saratov region Svetlana Krasnoshchokova, the circus director Ivan Kuzmin, artists and non-artists. The well-known actress and philanthropist Chulpan Khamatova also joined the project, and she wrote this on the canvas: „Мы с тобой одной крови“ – „We two are the same blood group“.

Both ladies, mother and daughter, I appointed the ambassadors of the project. Not only they organised a spectacular event with top advertising, but moreover they invited other people to join the project.

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In the House of Sports in Bratislava, we made a presentation of the project and the invitation to paint the pictures was accepted by sportsmen - Olympians. Among them was also Roman Hanzel - project manager of the Slovak Olympic Committee, media communication manager SOC Ľubomír Souček, Ján Grexa - sportsman and humorist.

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Maľovaný rovník v Dome športu
Maľovaný rovník v Dome športu
Maľovaný rovník v Dome športu
Maľovaný rovník v Dome športu
Maľovaný rovník v Dome športu

Painter Natalia Tarnay organised a presentation of the Painted Equator in Uzhhorod and Egan Pub selflessly provided its rooms. Quite important people came, Natalia told me: "Mr. Andriju, very respected people". Of course, personalities are not just those who are often seen on TV screen. Personalities are people who have created or achieved something in their lives. The personalities are surgeons, scientists, athletes, olympians and paralympians. This does not mean that if we do not know them or we do not know about them, that they are not known in their country.

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Užhorod
Užhorod
Užhorod
Užhorod
Užhorod

Kovacica is in Serbia, but there live Slovak peopl, who left 250 years ago to work in a "good country" and have been growing corn until now. During the warm months they cultivated land and during the winter evenings nostalgia for home led them to paint. They painted naively. As they knew, not as they saw. The naive art of Kovacica is well known in the world.

A friend and naive painter Ján Glozik organised a two-day event in the Gallery of Naive Art (Galerija naivne umetnosti) in Kovacica, during which came to paint not only naive artists, but also other various people. The collection of naive pictures will expand and we believe that other naive artists will also be involved in the project.

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Kovačica
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Kovačica
Kovačica

As an artist I am a member of SAF – Slovak Art Forum. At the general meeting I informed my colleagues about the project and handed out the canvases. The canvas was also taken by Ladislav Jurovatý and in two weeks he brought me a canvas not painted but tinkered. Actually, Mr. Jurovatý came up with the idea and we agreed to involve other tinkers in Slovakia as well as their colleagues from the Czech Republic.

As agreed before we distributed several canvases in a short time and we organised an elegant event in the Budatín Castle of the Považské Museum in Žilina, where an exhibition of unique tinkering art is installed. Let us have a look at the pictures of Slovak and Czech tinkers.

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Drotári
Drotári
Drotári
Drotári
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We were invited to talk about the project to Slovak Radio - Radio Slovakia International - and we spoke with my colleague Melita Gwerková in several languages. Both in Slovak, Melita in English and Spanish, and me in Russian and German. At the same time, we prepared tables, paints and canvases in the foyer of the SR building.

Consecutively, various editors came, mainly RSI, not only Slovaks, but also foreign editors and reporters working in Slovakia and started to work. The project is not about great visual art. The project is about participation and promoting a good idea and developing the idea of ​​the project in its environment. 28 RSI editors from France, Austria, Great Britain, Cuba, Spain, Romania and Belarus were actively involved.

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Slovenský rozhlas
Slovenský rozhlas
Slovenský rozhlas
Slovenský rozhlas
Slovenský rozhlas
Slovenský rozhlas
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Slovenský rozhlas
Slovenský rozhlas
Slovenský rozhlas
 

One day I found myself in Nitra. I was near the Andrej Bagar Theatre. I asked for the director and he was willing to accept me without previous announcement. After a short conversation, he understood the meaning of the project and decided immediately. On that day there will be Doors Open Day at the theatre and almost all the actors will be present. Consecutively during 5-6 hours, at a long table in the theatre foyer, all actors, directors took turns and the picture was also painted by the director Ján Greššo.

Actor Vladimír Bartoň could not personally attend the event because of the health reasons, so he sent his author photo. Of course we accepted it in the project, glued it onto a 20 x 20 cm canvas and thus we created one kilometer of our project. By participating in the project, theatre actors in Nitra created 25 kilometers of a chain of positive thinking and a global chain of peace.

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Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre
Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre
Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre
Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre
Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre
Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre
Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre
Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre
Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre
Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre
 

The Slovak Union of Bakers and Confectioners supported the project by an active participation and the Secretary of the Union Zuzana Dúžeková organised the attendance of Slovak chefs and confectioners. The painting took place in the premises of the Hotel Academy in Bratislava. Jozefína Zaukolcová - the first lady of the Slovak confectionery, has won many international awards, among others also the silver world cup EXPOGAST Luxemburg 2002. Also well-known baker from Austria Hans-Martin Naglreiter and Slovak gourmet and moderator Peter Justin Topoľský, editor in chief of GASTRO Revue Viera Dúšová, Branislav Križan - cook for the Slovak National Football Team at the World Cup in Africa 2010, winner of the first year of the Slovak Chef Horec 2008 competition.

We miss just a picture from Mr. Andrej Antovszský – the president of the Union. What do you think, Mr. Antovszký?

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Slovenský zväz pekárov a cukrárov
Slovenský zväz pekárov a cukrárov
Slovenský zväz pekárov a cukrárov
Slovenský zväz pekárov a cukrárov
Slovenský zväz pekárov a cukrárov
Slovenský zväz pekárov a cukrárov
Slovenský zväz pekárov a cukrárov
Slovenský zväz pekárov a cukrárov
Slovenský zväz pekárov a cukrárov
 

 

Different people come to the gallery. Some buy artwork, others just come to have a look. In Snina the gallery fulfils the same function as any state gallery in Slovakia. There have been many politicians, presidents, ambassadors, clerics, artists...

Politicians also come regularly, every four years. In the gallery were painting Jaroslav Regec, member of the parliament Jaroslav Ivanco, the Minister of Culture Daniel Krajcer and the Minister of Economy Juraj Miškov. The project is for anyone who has achieved something in his life. The condition is to paint the picture, to come with a good intention and to promote the idea of ​​the project and also to fulfil it in life.

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Our great enthusiasm to implement the project more massively, led to the first big presentation in Bratislava, which was very successful. More than 50 Slovak personalities came to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bratislava in two days, although there were many other social events in the city at that time.

Actor Maroš Kramár also came and said: "There will be two of us painting." He also came with his son Timur. Since only one person can paint one picture and the project is not for children, we made a quick decision. We allowed young Timur to paint a picture. He is already an actor today. Maroš and Timur began to paint, one front, the other one rear of one car - Mr. Nikitin's veteran. What about you, Mr. Nikitin, will you paint a picture for the project too?

Other personalities came to paint as well. The cardiac surgeon Vasil Čorňák painted a nice picture. Also music composer Rastislav Dubovský, actress Jana Hubinská, actor Róbert Roth. Professor Ján Porvazník also gave us a picture with a philosophical text: "The universe is full of stars and unknown planets, but on the Earth and perhaps somewhere else too are people who know how to live for others, profess the values ​​of humanity without being believers."

The writer Milan Ferko did not paint but wrote. His wife kept turning his canvas, and he wrote his confession. After all, the project is not about painting great works of art. Let artists paint the art. But the non-artists may paint anything. Even if just the handprint, as the director of the National Theatre in Brno, or even footprint, as the Slovak football representative Ján Mucha from Snina.

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Crowne Plaza Bratislava
Crowne Plaza Bratislava
Crowne Plaza Bratislava
Crowne Plaza Bratislava
Crowne Plaza Bratislava
Crowne Plaza Bratislava
Crowne Plaza Bratislava
Crowne Plaza Bratislava
Crowne Plaza Bratislava
Crowne Plaza Bratislava
 

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