Signs & Symbols art book by Jan Neva



Infotecs invites everyone to follow the "Signs & Symbols" with a new book by Jan Neva and Dmitry Sokolenko

Helsinki, October 08, 2015 – Infotecs announces a release of a new book by Dmitry Sokolenko and Jan Neva, which will officially be introduced and launched on the presentation in University of Helsinki, Tuesday, October 20, at 5:00 - 7:30pm. Dmitry Sokolenko, co-author of the book, is not just an amazing artist, but also a very unique person, which is the reason why his artworks truly stand out. Dmitry holds a degree in microbiology, specializing as a bio-technical engineer, and is famous for taking abstract art to another level. The viewer is introduced to Dmitry Sokolenko’s artworks through a set of visual signs, not created from an artist’s emotive approach, but rather a scientific one. The new book "Signs & Symbols" compiles the latest works of Dmitry and his co-author Jan has raised genuine interest among experts. 

Dmitry has a long-standing fascination with the works of Vladimir Nabokov and his studies into entomology and especially the study of butterfly wings. Sokolenko’s reading and interpretation of visual signage is pragmatic, investigative and inquisitive. Nabokov’s research has left him with a wealth of opportunity to converse through the language of visual semantics. The results are startling tropes and images from the ‘real’, excavated from the post mortem of mechanical reproduction, but which to some may broadcast as specters of the imagined. 

“The guardian angel of the book is St. Augustine and the book can be exchanged for coffee beans, pieces of cheese and whiskey. But only Japanese whiskey,” jokes Dmitry Sokolenko, the co-author of a new book. In reality, the book "Signs & Symbols" is already available and can be ordered online

Publication of the book has been sponsored by Infotecs, a leading security platform provider. “The mission of industry leading vendors is not just to drive innovation, but to raise the quality and standard of living in all comprehensible ways,” says Andrey Chapchaev, CEO of Infotecs. “Sponsoring and supporting the arts is one of the noble ways to achieve this target.”  



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Brewer J.C Jacobsen´s Portrait award by Jan Neva

   Jan Neva Faust Oil on aluminum 130 x 80 cm 2012  


Jan Neva
Oil on aluminum
130 x 80 cm

“Faust” – the jury’s special prize, 2013

The jury awards a Special Prize to the Finnish artist Jan Neva with the following citation:
The portrait of the Finnish artist Jan Neva ‘Faust’ arrests the viewer’s attention immediately. Is it a portrait or a philosophical meditation? What does the artist want to tell us? What message does this powerful image bring us? Is it a warning? A beautiful and sad, gentle face is slightly turned from full-face against a monochrome, uneven, grey background with dark, red margins on both sides. It forces us to stop, it magnetizes. The more you look at the portrait the more it penetrates your consciousness. He seduces and attracts with his youthful beauty full of tragic notes. His perfect and harmonious features are fretted with bloody, red stains of decomposition.
The artist relegates us back to an ancient example dating back to the Coptic period of the Roman rule of Egypt; to portraits the majority of which were found in the necropolis of Faiyum. In the late 1st century BC, or the early 1st – 3rd centuries, they represented a traditional part of a burial cult and were intended to cover the faces of the deceased. They were painted on panels made of cedar, sycamore, or cypress, of an elongated, vertical shape. The artists mostly used encaustic (wax) painting, well-preserved in the hot, dry Egyptian climate, retaining their bright, glossy colours. These portraits sometimes suffered heavy, deep, vertical cracks in their wooden support.
Jan Neva copies neither the technique nor the materials of classical art blindly. Instead of wood and encaustic he uses aluminium support and modern paints. His colour scheme is based on the contrast of grey and bright red. His loaded brushstrokes are full of dramatic energy. Blood-tingled staining on the face, brown-red margins and vertical cracks, do not imitate, but form associations with damaged panelling and at the same time with existential drama. The artist makes use of a dialogue between old Roman and modern art to demonstrate the eternal theme of human existence with its dramatic duel of good and evil. Based upon the highly naturalistic images of the Faiyum portraits he attains a more abstract and possibly even more expressive and impressive art. The painter’s method is not straightforward. It establishes itself on the viewer’s unconscious. The title, ‘Faust’, is a message in itself, which can be interpreted in a number of ways. One of the old stories about Dr. Faust tells that when he was found dead his face and body were covered with terrible bruises and blood stains, and one of his eyes had been gouged out. Whether deliberately, or just by chance, this is what the artist depicts here. And how should the stains and cracks covering the surface of the painting be explained? Possibly, Neva’s painting speaks about the destructive force of evil which lives inside a human who has sold his soul for the pleasures of the world, or, perhaps, about the evil that lives in everyone. It depends on us alone whether this force finds its way out, and in what form.

Born in 1974, Jan Neva graduated at The Imatra School of Art (1993) and obtained his Master of Arts degree from The Finnish Art Academy (2000). In 2001-2003, Neva studied at The St Petersburg Academy of Arts.

Elizaveta Renne

Video / Jury motivation: “Faust”

JAN NEVA by Jan Neva

Joensuun Taidemuseo 2.10.2014 - 11.1.2015

Kiteellä syntynyt ja Nurmeksesta taideopintoihin Imatralle lähtenyt Jan Neva tunnetaan taidokkaasti tehdyistä muotokuvista, joissa yhdistyy klassisen taiteen perinne ja tämän ajan henki. Opinnot jatkuivat Suomen kuvataideakatemiassa ja sen jälkeen vielä Pietarissa. 

Taiteellinen innostus sai alkunsa nuoruuden sarjakuvatuotannosta. Jan Neva on erityisesti korostanut Pietarin Taideakatemian merkitystä tulevalle ilmaisulleen. Se antoi vankan teknisen pohjan, josta oli hyvä lähteä hakemaan omaa käsialaansa.

Jan Neva ei koe olevansa puhtaasti realistisen tyylin tekijä, vaikka arvostaakin 1800-luvun mestareiden työskentelyä ja tuntee jatkavansa esittävän taiteen traditiota. Tähän kuuluu elävien mallien käyttäminen työskentelyn apuna ja vanhojen mestareiden klassikkoaiheiden uudelleenkäsittely tämän päivän näkökulmasta kuten teoksessa Pietà.

Uusimmissa teoksissaan Jan Neva viittaa ihmisenä olemisen väliaikaisuuteen. Lähtökohtana on taiteen historiasta tunnettuja katoavaisuutta käsitteleviä maalauksia tai veistoksia. 

Opastukset näyttelyyn

Ke 5.11., ke 19.11. ja ke 10.12. klo 17. Opastuksiin osallistuminen taidemuseon sisäänpääsymaksulla.

Taiteilija tavattavissa

Jan Neva on tavattavissa taidemuseolla lauantaina 10.1.2015 klo 13. Tilaisuuteen osallistuminen taidemuseon sisäänpääsymaksulla.


Pieta 150x100cm Öljy, alumiini, 2014

Pieta 150x100cm Öljy, alumiini, 2014