Russian Artist to Exhibit Unique Mosaic Icons for Christmas Season

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New York based Russian artist Oksana Prokopenko is exhibiting her unique micro mosaics for the Christmas season. Her masterpiece The Archangels contains 40,000 tiny pieces of stained glass and is a must see. Prokopenko’s work is recognized for its spiritual strength and is in permanent collections of museums in Italy and the US. The exhibition is at Saint Peter’s church at E54th St and Lexington Ave in New York City from December 2nd through January 8th.

Virgin and Child, micro mosaic in stained glass by Oksana Prokopenko

“basking in quiet brilliance ... prepare to be inspired”

Prokopenko has been featured on the Russian international TV network, NTV, radio shows, and numerous publications. To quote Margo Grant, the Museum of Russian Art’s director, “The soul of Prokopenko’s work is in her walking that fine line between the transcendent and the ordinary. Prokopenko has achieved sheer brilliance in her deft treatment of the tiny pieces in her micro mosaics. What’s more is that it is done with a rainbow of majestic colors. ”

Sue Dymond of The Glass Craftsman, describes viewing Oksana’s work as “basking in quiet brilliance” and suggests - “Prepare to be inspired.”

Russian NTV network’s Blagonravova states, “Oksana’s work is made not only with thousands of glass pieces, but also out of thousands prayerful words.”

Prokopenko is a rarity in today’s contemporary art scene. Her work process is similar to Byzantine masters that worked hundreds of years ago with an intense focus on precision, quality and detail. Her masterpiece,The Archangels, which took her 2 years of full time work to complete, contains over 40,000 tiny pieces of colored glass. This inspired work will be one of many of her works featured in this exhibit, which includes mosaic icons, painted icons, oil paintings and mixed media works. Often described as a colorist, her colors inspire the viewer to spiritual and emotional heights similar to those felt by Prokopenko during her creative process, which has been described as a spiritual practice - a colorists communion with the divine.

This installation is presented by Midtown Arts Common and Saint Peter's Church. Saint Peter’s church is located at the Citicorp center southeast corner of Lexington Ave and E54th st. Enter on E54th.

Come see and feel the magic.
On view: December 2, 2011- January 8, 2012
Opening reception: December 15th, 6 to 8 pm
the Narthex Gallery at Saint Peter's Church
619 Lexington Ave at E54th St, New York, NY 10022
Open to public daily 9 am-7pm, free
Media Contact: Tom Lutri (917) 941-1856
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