Meet the Artist: 10 Questions with Slava Ilyayev

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Artist Slava Ilyayev

Artist Slava Ilyayev

For artist Slava Ilyayev, it’s not just about expressing color—it’s about feeling.

Much like the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists that influence him, Ilyayev creates art to express feeling and emotions. Specifically, Ilyayev uses his trademark lush colors and texture to capture optimism, romance, and happiness in his artwork.

We want Park West collectors to get to know Ilyayev better, so we asked him 10 questions about his art, inspirations, and career as an internationally renowned artist. We invite you to meet Slava Ilyayev!

 

1. When did you first realize you wanted to become an artist?

My first wish to become an artist started when I was 5 years old. However, I didn’t realize that fully until I was 14 years old when I discovered the Russian art of the 19th and 20th centuries and the U.S.S.R. artists of the 20th century.

 

2. What inspires your art?

I was influenced by Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. They were the best inspiration for my art.

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Surrounded by Orange and Red” (2017), Slava Ilyayev

 

3. Which artists have played a role in influencing your style?

Artists such as Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Vincent van Gogh, and Sattar Bahlulzade—he was an Azerbaijan Post-Impressionist artist, whom people often called “Azerbaijan’s Van Gogh.”

 

4. How did your education in Baku shape your style?

I studied in Baku under different artists. They combined Impressionism with the traditions of eastern art culture and tradition. In the East people love making carpets, which includes different bright colors. These colors come together to create a harmony of eastern art cultures.

Baku is a sunny city. Its sunshine fills the colors of my artwork with light. All of this comes together to make my style.

 

5. Can you talk about your impasto technique, where you thickly layer paint onto your canvases?

I paint as a sculptor. I use specific, large amounts of color in order to make deep and diverse artwork. I need to do five or six layers to achieve this. After each layer, I observe the expression of the colors. In this way I share how I’m feeling the colors.

How Slava Ilyayev creates his trademark paintings

 

6. What do you want collectors to take away from your art?

The power and happiness of life.

 

7. We understand you’ve worked as a teacher at Israeli academies. What is your favorite thing to teach students?

I tried to teach my students one message: “Paint for everyone, not for yourself.”

 

8. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not painting?

I made a YouTube channel about people’s lives and culture in Israel and Palestine. I do these videos with my best partner (and wife), Alexandra.

 

9. Do you have a favorite color?

My favorite color is light red.

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Daydream Framed in Red” (2017), Slava Ilyayev

 

10. Many of your works depict couples walking under colorful trees with an umbrella. Is there any symbolism or meaning behind this?

The umbrella is an element that unites people with love and friendship. The couples in my artwork symbolize my wish to you. I want my collectors to take a trip in the world of my art in order to feel the richness and the brightness of the colors. I imagine that you are those people traveling under the umbrella, and that it makes you feel a love for life.

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Caught in the Rain” (2015), Slava Ilyayev

 

If you’re feeling the love and colors of Slava Ilyayev’s works, contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or sales@parkwestgallery.com for information on how to collect the art of Ilyayev.

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  • Robert Spinney
    Reply

    His work speaks to me through the vibrant color, solitude and symbolism

  • Shaun Brown
    Reply

    Slava’s work is incredible. His work with color and the texture of his work make these wonderful masterpieces to collect.

  • Dwayne Hynes
    Reply

    Just bought my first Slava painting…and so excited waiting for it to get here. His work is amazing.

  • Janie and Joh Robins
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    We just received the original Slava that we purchased from Park West. It is even more magnificent on a wall with an art light. Fabulous!!

  • Elizabeth Chambers
    Reply

    Absolutely mesmerizing, I find new things to like about my paintings every time I look at them. Thank you!

  • Dale Shick
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    My wife and I purchased our third painting by Slava Ilyayev. We both love his works. The colors give us great joy. The first time I saw one of his paintings, I had to have it because it called to me. Our first was ” beauty of a Yellow Leaf”. On the same cruise we purchased our second because we both loved it. We just purchased our third on another cruise. We made the first purchase of a
    The cruise on a VIP Park West cruise. We will purchase more in the future.

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