Yuriy Ibragimov (b.1961, Uzbekistan)
Yuriy Ibragimov’s layered images have a rare quality: they simultaneously capture both the complexity and the clarity of life. The wrought quality of Ibragimov’s encaustic and oil processes lends itself to a turbid visual experience and, from a distance, his images seem obscured and abstracted. In actuality, Ibragimov’s paintings intimately and delicately render specific moments. They evoke the distinct characteristics of an experience, whether capturing a woman’s look of surprise or the wind’s effect on a willowy tree. Because of the coexisting roughness and lucidity, Ibragimov’s paintings are movingly honest, embodying both the indecipherability and the transparency of daily experience.