Igor and Marina: Seven Promises

Opening: Friday, May 19, 2023 4 – 7 pm
Friday, May 19 – Jun 30, 2023

325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654

Main Gallery

Seven Promises

May 19 - June 30, 2023
opening reception: Friday, May 19th - 4 to 7pm


Zolla/Lieberman Gallery is pleased to present, Igor & Marina - Seven Promises, opening on Friday, May 19th.

"The ideal form of everything we see exists without our eyes.

It is immortal – only that which we can see must die.

When light has gone, or sound has dulled do not complain or cry.

They haven't really disappeared; their mere reflections fly." - Rumi

The work of Russian-born husband-and-wife team Igor Kozlovsky and Marina Sharapova is characterized by a remarkable fusion of seemingly discordant elements: past and present, figurative and abstract, traditional and avant-garde. In images of striking beauty and depth, Renaissance-era figures float over backgrounds of cryptic text and pattern while areas of intricate, realistic detail coexist with expanses of layered color. Igor and Marina strive to “give new meaning to familiar images, placing them in unexpected frames.” Synthesizing the modes and motifs of various art historical periods into coherent, arresting images, they cause great distances of time and geography to collapse. The theme of fusion is not limited to the content of Igor and Marina's work—it is also integral to their art-making process. Each painting represents an extraordinary feat of collaboration between two artistic minds. The result is an entirely unique artistic landscape where tradition and innovation, old and new, real and fantastic, collide.


Image: IGOR & MARINA - Puzzle, 2019, oil on canvas, 68 x 76 in.