Vladimir Mingar (Vova)

Park West gallery artist Vova

1965–

Vladimir Mingar (Vova) was born in 1965 in a small Siberian town of Bodoebo. From an early age Vova was fascinated with art and loved drawing and creating clay sculptures, he took part in an art school special programme for gifted and talented students.

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In 1980 Vova moved to Leningrad (later St. Petersburg), the capital of art and culture in Russia. After completing his studies at the Leningrad Institute of Visual Arts, Vova worked as a painter and a graphic artist. He immigrated to Israel in 1991 where he lived in Kibbutz Dan in the North of Israel near the Jordan River. Six year later, in 1997, Vova moved to Tel Aviv, the buzzing contemporary Israeli metropolis to promote his career and artistic ambitions.

One can describe Vova’s art style as expressionist abstractivism influenced by the CoBrA artistic movement, a style of art combining figurative primitivism and naivety with a shameless pinch of humour, and includes artists such as Cornielle, Karl Appel and an influential Lithuanian artist Leo Ray (who also is also currently living in Israel.) The paints Vova uses are warm and robust, figures are bounded by black outlines, which creates a strong contrast.

Vova currently lives in Tel Aviv with his wife, an artist in her own right, and their two children. Vova has taken part in various single and group exhibitions in Israel and abroad.

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