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  • It was during a family health crsis that Victor Lysakov made an extraordinary connection with animals. While his wife was about to face open heart surgery, Lysakov and his pet cat took vigil at home. With a cryptic look and telling body language, the cat consulted and comforted him. At that moment, Lysakov knew that "we were of one blood and belonged to the same pack."

    It's because of this extraordinary connection that Victor Lysakov is able to paint through the eyes of his subject. He "thinks the way they think, loves with them, suffers with them, and rejoices with them." Through this bond there is mutual trust between author and subject.

    Though not deliberate, Lysakov applies the "pause effect" in his paintings with animals. He doesn't attempt to replicate a specific turn of their heads or the precise movement of their paws. Instead, he seeks to create an authentic, natural look. "I paint them in a pose I would take if I were the animal - as if I were the cat, the dog or the wandering bull," he says.

    Lysakov also credits the "pause effect" with his fascination of night. As a self described night artist, he prefers to paint at night, enjoys long walks through the dark city and takes pleasure in gazing at objects in closed storefront windows. "You never know what the next night will bring you."

    A transformation occurs when the sun goes down. In the daytime, the sun illuminates harmless objects, but at night, every sound - even silence - may seem mysterious and potentially dangerous. At night, one might pause before taking their next step, contemplate before turning their head or ponder before making their next move.

    The objects and animals come to life during the night, where you are both the hunter and the prey. You are one.

  • Bird

    Bird

    1999, Oil on Canvas, Size: 16 x 20

    When the season briskly changes from summer to fall, the beaches become empty and the wind carries newspaper scraps along the deserted sand. Flocks of memories flash through you, then linger in the distance until summertime returns. This suspension also occurs at the end of a stage play. The royal costumes are taken back to their lonely dressing room, where they must patiently wait for the curtains to rise again. This little bird is the “Bird of Hope.” She remains quietly in the storage room until the next act, and can hardly conceal her passion for the impending new play.

  • Bird and an Apple

    Bird and an Apple

    2002, Oil on Canvas, Size: 20 x 20
  • Boy with a Baby Wolf

    Boy with a Baby Wolf

    1996, Oil on Canvas, Size: 20 x 16

    I was born a nocturnal artist. During the night, everything appears different and even dangerous. Every new sound is an alarm signal, and inadvertently, you begin to take cautious steps like an animal. The wolf is an independent and self-reliant creature. I resemble him in many ways. Instead of a feeble lap dog, I am an invincible wolf – gathering food and protecting my territory to the death. Other dogs might growl at me, but they soon crawl away after sensing who is more physically powerful. The wolf is my kind of animal.

  • Bull Calf

    Bull Calf

    1997, Oil on Canvas, Size: 20 x 20, Private Collection
  • Bull's Head with a Branch of Lilac

    Bull's Head with a Branch of Lilac

    1999, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24
  • Claustrophobic Dog

    Claustrophobic Dog

    1995, Oil on Canvas, Size: 31 x 22

    In 1993, I had an exhibition at the State Museum of Cosmonautics. Although it was a strange combination of art and technology, it was a well-received, magnificent show. I will never forget the dramatic spectacle surrounding my paintings. The entourage wore actual full-pressure suits and sputniks were used as decorations. When the official part of the show commenced, I escaped the crowd and quietly wandered through the museum. During my stroll, I noticed a stuffed dog in a glass case. It was Laika, the first living passenger carried into space in 1957 by Sputnik 2. As we silently gazed at each other, I realized that she was suffering from claustrophobia. For an animal that flew into the vastness of space, this glass box was exceedingly small. She understood that I knew her little secret and with that, her eyes sparkled. This painting is dedicated to her.

    The translation of the Russian text at the bottom of the painting:
    Portrait of a Stuffed Dog on display at the State Museum of Cosmonautics after the flight and passing of many years. 1995.

  • Double Moon

    Double Moon

    1990, Oil on Canvas, Size: 59 x 51, Private Collection
  • Happy Sheep

    Happy Sheep

    1997, Oil on Canvas, Size: 16 x 16
  • Mallard

    Mallard

    2002, Oil on Canvas, Size: 20 x 20
  • Nocturnal Sheep in Violet

    Nocturnal Sheep in Violet

    1999, Oil on Canvas, Size: 34 x 34
  • Parting Bull

    Parting Bull

    1990, Oil on Canvas, Size: 39 x 32
  • Pasture

    Pasture

    1996, Oil on Canvas, Size: 20 x 20

    This image captures the prophecy of a bullfight between the bull and the matador. They each peer deep from within the abyss, staring from the other side of eternity. Both the riled bull and brave matador tensely anticipate the gate’s unleashing fury. At the same time, they contemplate the fight’s gripping, unrestrained conclusion.

     

  • Red Ram

    Red Ram

    1998, Oil on Canvas, Size: 55 x 51
  • Sacrifice

    Sacrifice

    1987, Oil on Canvas, Size: 14 x 18
  • Shepherd

    Shepherd

    1999, Oil on Canvas, Size: 38 x 39, Private Collection
  • Still Life with a Bird

    Still Life with a Bird

    1987, Oil on Canvas, Size: 15 x 8, Private Collection
  • Strange Bull

    Strange Bull

    1997, Acrylic on Canvas, Size: 16 x 16

    Many years ago, a close friend of mine questioned the realism in my paintings. In Strange Bull, he pointed out a purple sky with an over-proportioned orange and pink moon. In his words, that image was “all in my imagination.” Just three days later, that same friend joined me for a midnight chat. He happened to glance up at the sky, only to find himself in complete amazement. There it was, right before his eyes – an intense purple sky with an orange and pink moon, amid burgundy clouds racing across the heavens. After he recovered from that shock, he offered me a humble apology. From that point forward, I stopped wondering about my paintings.

     

  • Stuffed Bull

    Stuffed Bull

    1998, Oil on Canvas, Size: 18 x 18, Private Collection
  • Taming

    Taming

    1991, Oil on Canvas, Size: 59 x 51

    I am fascinated by the night, by its scents, sounds, colors and dangers. The darkness has the aromas of jasmine, humidity and freshly cut grass. Each sound is distinct as if it were a pearl in a necklace. The night is pierced with a flute melody and a fountain selfishly flows with complete disregard to its surroundings. The night is a viridian dark green or violet, with colors that never dry out. Feelings become sharper and every turn reels with the unknown. The movements of a cat are soft and cautious. As the new dawn approaches, objects quickly awaken and the still life becomes a stage. These resurrected characters fall in love, laugh, suffer, cheat and rejoice in reunion. The night is eternally short and all too soon the rooster will announce the morning – like the third bell in intermission. Tomorrow a new night draws near. I invite you into that night…

     

  • The Winner

    The Winner

    1998, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 26, Private Collection
  • Walks of a White Peacock

    Walks of a White Peacock

    1996, Oil on Canvas, Size: 31 x 31

    Peacocks are surely among the most beautiful birds in the world. Rarely seen in the wild, peacocks are traditionally observed in zoos. But such an elegant bird could also be just as comfortable walking along palace grounds. In order to survive, we must adapt to the rules of time – we need to be faster, smarter and more resourceful. Nevertheless, the peacock surprisingly survived. While activity bustles around him, he calmly strolls along with poise and aplomb. The peacock represents the symbol of stability and success.

  • White Horse on a Green Meadow

    White Horse on a Green Meadow

    1987, Oil on Canvas, Size: 18 x 21