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Artist draws inspiration from Komi mythology

Yury Lisovski cherisches the Komi cultural heritage through his art.

Art by Yury Lisovski. Source: Lisovski's VK page.

Originally from Shepetivka, Ukraine, Yury Lisovski moved to the Komi Republic in 1979. He married a Komi woman and after working as a ferryman, Lisovski has since taken to art.

Livoski’s style is known as ethnofuturism, a school of art that grew in the late 1980s in Estonia. Ethnofuturism grew from literary circles with the aim of finding Finno-Ugricness in an ever more Russian urban context by drawing on the rural heritage of Finno-Ugric peoples. It has since become also a form of visual art, being popular especially among the Mari, Komi, Udmurts, Mordvins and Karelians.

Lisovski interprets myths not as stories, but as guidelines, because mythology contains the model for a virtuous life. How to live in harmony with nature, other people, and higher an lower entities, both in the material and immaterial world, he clarifies.