Babynin Valerii

Babynin Valerii

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  Artist: Babynin Valerii
 Live in: Odessa, Odesskaya, Ukraine
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Valeriy Petrovich Babynin was born on January 26, 1966, in Odessa. He began studying fine arts from his childhood, at the Odessa Young Pioneers' House named after Yasha Gordienko (now Vorontsov's Palace). In 1985, he graduated from the Odessa M. B. Grekov State Art School where he studied at the Painting Department (previously, Painting and Drawing Education Department). At various times he worked as decorator at the Odessa Opera House, as artist at the Odessa Motion Picture Studio, as master of monumental works at the Odessa Arts Foundation (glass painting, mosaic); ran his own glass painting production and decorative glasswork business. In 1995, he embraced Christian faith at the Odessa Evangelical Presbyterian Church. In 1997, was ordained as teaching elder. In 2001, elected as chairman of the Union of Evangelical Reformed Churches of Ukraine. In 2005, elected as senior pastor of the Odessa Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church. Holds Master of Theology degree. Married, has two children. Although my main vocation is pastoring and preaching, I cannot abandon painting in which I was schooled from my childhood. It has merged in my soul with Odessa, the people, the life itself and has be-come part of my inner being. Long ago, when I was young, these lines came into my mind: Leave me alone, oh my sorrows, Quit my mind, oh daring dreams, - Heaven has wedded me today To the mysterious essence of Beauty. And I am standing, too awed to be able to move, Regretting that death is too distant, Unable to shout, or fall, or look back, - I am in the heavenlies - too high. Echoes of this revelation resound in my heart even to this day. Sometimes, quite unexpectedly, as I am passing by some familiar places, I am, as it were, falling through time, and some force is translating me somewhere where there is neither time nor death, and I see again the faces of the people whom I knew, the friends from the past... Maybe, it is because of this that I love to walk by the streets of my home city, to stop and watch the people, to dissolve in the crowd and sense participation in all that is going on. Sometimes the beauty of God's creation - the sky, the air, the nature, the man - and the beauty of man's own workmanship - architecture, things, objects of everyday life - merge wonderfully and quaintly in the city scenery. To convey the harmony of this unity on canvas is the most difficult thing for me and at the same time the most precious thing in painting. And I am thinking of the air too, the incomparable air of Odessa. I was growing and learning in the Odessa underground of the 80ies, experimenting in various styles and schools, only to become aware in the end of the enduring value of the being's givenness. There is some edge in contemplating the real world, beyond which there is a revelation of something that is larger than the physical reality. I try to capture this on canvas, sometimes succeeding. When you are painting you feel it. At the same time, I like abstraction, minimalism, all that is done seriously and with great self-dedication. It is only after I turned to God, to Christian faith, that I realized that the very existence of painting, just as with any other kind of art, is an embodiment of God's image in man. Like God, man is a person, and this person is endowed with spirit, reason, will and imagination, - those properties that the Creator Himself possesses and that make us capable of creative, constructive activity. This is why people have been attracted to works of art in all times. In the creative process and in contemplating its results, we, as it were, experience anew the solemn moment of creation. And because of this, painting is undying. God is wonderful in His majesty and perfection, and, owing to this, so wonderful are His reflections - the people, the nature, the Universe. Artists are given a special privilege and joy - to see and reflect in their work amazing facets of this Divine reality, in the broadest sense of the word. They can bring closer to the beholder the riches of God's Kingdom and the terror of hell. Because of this power and privilege, many of them break; sin cripples and destroys the lives of very talented and gifted people. Sin as opposi-tion to the will of the Creator distorts thoughts and feeling, the will and desires. I observed this in my own life and in my friends' lives. I see it happening even today in the death of certain schools of contemporary art. And I am grateful to God for showing me the only way of salvation and life eternal through faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, through His atoning death and resurrection. On this earth and in this life, we are given the opportunity to return to the blessedness of the knowledge of God and of communion with Him. God gave us His revelation, the Bible; its light is shining on our path. In this light we see the source of true beauty - God Himself. My heart's desi