Kostiantyn Lapushen's "Stolen childhood"
“My work "The Stolen Childhood" is about children who had to see and experience a real WAR. It's about young Ukrainians who were forced by the Russian fascists to learn terrible words like "missile attack", "bomb shelter", "evacuation".
Childhood has peculiar colours. The skies are bright blue. The invader steals childhood from kids, steals colours, and ruins the inner worlds of children.
I believe that after all the terrible trials, OUR VICTORY will come, and the children of today will become the ones who will purify the Ukrainian land, rebuild Ukrainian cities, and preserve the Ukrainian nation! And while they grow up, we will defend the truth and build a free UKRAINE, Glory to Ukraine!”
About the artist
Kostiantyn Lapushen was born in 1999 in Kyiv. He studied at the Kyiv Children's Academy of Arts, where he defended 3 diplomas (with sculpture, painting and graphics). After completing KDAM, he entered the NAOMA, at the Faculty of Graphics, defended his Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
Artist's statement:"In my work, I explore the possibilities of visualization, combine techniques, styles and directions, create a synthesis for the most appropriate visual solution. As for the directions in which I mainly work, these are installations, paintings with various materials, a mix of computer drawings and real materials, video projections, stylized sculpture.
I create music for my installations and paintings. I prefer the immersion of a person in the space of the art object or painting he created, involving lighting, music and the surrounding space. I consider art to be a very powerful tool that can and should be used for explanation, for discussion, for raising questions, for expression."