Ukrainian contemporary artist Ievgen Petrov’s solo exhibition “Petrov’s Dogs” is on show in the Riga Art Space’s “Intro” hall until April 27. The exhibition features Petrov’s past works as well as new works created specifically for the exhibition. Most are watercolours, but there are several sculptures and oil paintings as well.
Petrov was born in Ukraine in 1972. He has risen to prominence and been acclaimed by art critics and experts from various countries and generations within a very short period of time. The Editor of the French magazine Artension, Pierre Souchaud said in his commentary about the artist, titled “The Cruel Watercolour”, that discovering Petrov had been a shattering experience for him. He had a feeling as if he had found a meteorite or an alien that had fallen from the sky. The Frenchman described Petrov’s works as an artistic sabotage that, for the simplicity of artistic means it employs, destroys dogmas and stereotypes.