"Adam and Eve"

2022, drawing (graphite pencil)A3 format (29.7 x 42 cm)

Inspired by the old masters, Volodymyr Manzhos continues his art evolution through the imitation of the esthetic of antique book illustrations and old engravings in his murals, canvases and drawings. The main goal of his art is to find out who he is and explore the world. Viewing through the lens of the creative process gives me posibility to shift the focus away from the vanity of common life and tap into stranger invisible world, the origin of the entire existence.

Anatoly Kryvolap

About the artist

Volodymyr Manzhos (WaOne, b. 1981) – Ukrainian artist, born near Kyiv, Ukraine. Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The art career of Vladimir Manzhos more known as Waone, begun in 1999. Few years after he has been painting graffiti a s a member of Ingenious Kids crew in Kyiv. In 2003 he got bored of letters and together with Aec went to the next level of public art - visual storytelling. They have been painting big surreal murals with fantasticstories. They developed their unique style of contemporarymuralism with extraordinary ephemeral form of monumental art.

Early 2016 Vladimir established new direction in his mural painting - black and white murals. Art for Waone is a way to perfection and a portal to divine worlds. His artistic goal is to make high divine values accessible to every man. Artistic name WAONE, came from a real name Vladimir, popular in slavic contries, and it is a short friendly version as well. «Вован» (sounds like "Vavan") was popular in post soviet 90's but written as Wa-One, which also referring to hip-hop aesthetics.