Victor Bregeda was surrounded with creative atmosphere from his early childhood. His mother was a calligraphist, his grandfather - a painter-copyist, his uncle – a books illustrator. In such an environment, Victor had many people around him who helped to learn and master different techniques of artist’s craft. After finishing a high school and serving in the army, Victor entered the Krupskaya University of Arts. “At that time I was passionate about posters, fonts and ornaments and studied these themes really hard. I didn’t finish the university and started painting myself, getting off-system education, going my own way. Names like Leonardo da Vinci, A. Dürer, G. Dore, I. Bosch, J. Archimboldo, I. Vereshchagin, N. Roerich were very dear to me, so I consider them my teachers and ideological inspirers. In the process of practical work, I discovered a painting technique which is called “glazing” (smooth painting). I still use it in such the directions of fine art as surrealism and metarealism. It does not make sense to interpret these styles rationally, you could only feel it on a subconscious level. Creating some kind of a sacrament in paintings is the main idea of my art.”
The first personal exhibition took place in Victor’s hometown – Taganrog in 1996 and became a success. Then there were annual exhibitions in Russia, including five personal exhibitions in A. P. Chekhov Central City Public Library in Taganrog (1994, 1995, 2007, 2008, 2013). Since 2002 Victor has collaborated with American gallery «Sargent's Fine Art & Jewelry». , based on the Hawaiian island Maui. A constant exhibition is placed there, now. Twice a year Victor is invited by the gallery to take part in an art-show on Maui. The first exhibition there was a great success. After this, artist’s paintings started gaining the world prominence.
There were exhibitions in New-York, Miami and Atlanta. Among the collectors of Bregeda’s art there are many world-famous names: boxer Oscar De La Hoya, musicians Carlos Santana, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow, «Pink Floyd», John Tesh, actors Burt Reynolds and Connie Sellecca. The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas picked up Bregeda’s “Leaving Eden” and “Noah's Ark” for the constant exhibitions.
Artist’s paintings have been represented in the following American galleries:
* R.Alexander Gallery, Norcross, Georgia
* Griffin Gallery, Edina, Minnesota
* Art Fusion Galleries, Miami, Florida
* Thornwood Gallery, Houston, Texas
* Fascination St. Art Gallery, Denver, Colorado
* Art Center Gallery, Westminster, California
* Gallery «CHAL FARM», New Mexico
Many paintings are in personal collections in Russia, The USA, Canada and other countries.
The painting “Visions” was displayed in the gallery “Sargent's Fine Art” for $45,000 in 2004 and was sold (with some bargaining) for $43,000 almost immediately. The buyer wished to stay unknown. For today, it is the most expensive sold Bregeda’s painting.
At the international Internet-contest for painters “Vernissage 2011”, directed by web-site Art-Salon.ru, artist’s painting “The Shore” was said to be the best and won the prize “Sympathy”.
Victor Bregeda is in Russian Artists Rating. His category is 4B - an established professional artist, who is in demand in the art market.
Bregeda’s art is represented in the book “Vision of a sacrament. Mysterious paintings in the past and present” by A. Kalinin (2011).
Nowadays, magazines “Cultural science”, “The art of painting”, “Livejournal”, a lot of Internet blogs and groups discuss Victor Bregeda’s art.
"There are artists whose secrets of life and creative work are hard to unriddle. Their canvases are like intricately codified messages beyond space and time, in trying to grasp the meaning of them you attempt to make out the untold - feeling and touching something that seems elusive. Whatever questions you might ask yourself, you can't fully comprehend them...
Indeed, the sophisticated inner world of Victor Bregeda is in tune with the sensitive nature of surrealism and meta-realism. However, his authorial style of painting is so distinctive, that any comparisons with other representatives of these trends, seems inappropriate. Victor “speaks” his own language of symbols and ellipsis, searches for individual ways of self-expression and cognition. Not only is he an artist, but a thinker, a philosopher, and a contemplator who peers through the “windows” (canvasses) “into a world without boundaries”..."
(Igumnova T.A. Research associate of the Taganrog art Museum)
Those who know Victor Bregeda’s artistic works call him the Modern or Russian Salvador Dali. Unlike his famous predecessor and the most prominent representative of the pictorial art style known as surrealism, Victor Bregeda creates works that arouse only positive emotions. Instead of strong, bitter feelings of loneliness and despair they radiate kindness and philosophical tranquility. His works of art engross you; you dive into them entirely and literally travel through the looking glass to the wonderland painted on this very canvas, happily viewing everything around you, noticing new details and trying to solve the riddles the artist has left for you. Due to the special technique of painting and the master's impeccable performance, colors come to life in the artificial illumination. This is another aspect of the painter’s zest. The objects in the painting become deeper, more vivid and colorful, images are flooded with inner light and warmth—they grow much closer and also more mysterious…
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