Artists showing works in the international exhibition at Glendale's Silvana Gallery of Fine Art and Crafts have produced contemporary pieces using a wide range of media — sculptures in wood, bronze, clay or copper, paintings in oil, acrylic, or watercolor and handcrafted jewelry. They are expertly presented by gallery director and founder Silvana Ambar.
Many artists in this exhibition are of Russian or Armenian descent. Before the 1980s, Russian artists were employed by the state and their art was restricted, conformed to a rubric, that did not include self-expression or iconography. During the 1980s Mikhail Gorbachev's radical reformation included an attitude of respect for personal dignity. Freedom to develop a gallery system allowed commodification of Russian art and exposure to Western art.
These opportunities were seminal to the development of artists from that region, freeing them to shape their own styles, blending formal techniques taught in the Soviet style, with their own intrinsic creativity, resulting in some of the highest-quality artwork the world offers. The exhibition at the Silvana Gallery represents more than a cluster of great artists. It is evidence of progress, of artistic expansion.