Artist Biography & Statement
Vlad Duchev was born in1965 in a small town in Ukraine. Growing up he was impressed by the art of Russian-Ukrainian impressionist. At the age of 8, he entered the art school in a small town of Bila-Tserkov and started his journey as an artist with the goal to enter the Art Academy of Ukraine. At the age of 14, being under the pressure from his musical family, he decided to take a musical path. He studied at Music College of Zhytomyr, Music Academy of Kharkiv, and National Conservatory of Ukraine in Kyiv with major in classical performance - double bass. But at the same time, he continued studying painting. In1994 due to the unstable situation in Ukraine he decided to move his family to the United States. In 2015 after the sudden death of his beloved brother and after almost 20 years not holding the brushes he decided to return to his passion for painting. He dived into the studies and set the rule of painting daily. He studied and continues to study with Matt Smith, Scott Christensen, Anne Blair Brown, Kathryn Stats, and his friend Zufar Bikbov.
I love painting different kinds of subjects, but the landscape is my first and greatest love. Instead of glorifying the creation, I concentrate on glorifying the Creator by just simply rendering His creation. I love the moments when I'm one-on-one with my Creator right before the brush touches the canvas. This is the most precious time for me. The rest is just the technics that you learn by painting daily. My process of painting is very simple - I will only start painting if I can see a complete painting in my mind with all the steps from start to finish. Paint it in your mind first - then transfer it to the canvas.
Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA)
American Impressionist Society (AIS)
Maryland Federation of Art (MFA)
Outdoor Painters Society (OPS)
National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS)
My Art Retreat - myartretreat.com (Founder)
Color Columbia Plein Air 2019 (1st Place)
B&H Rail Road Museum Plein Air Competition MAPAPA 2020 (3rd Place)
Fall in Kent Exhibition 2020 (1st Place)
Paint Annapolis 2020 (MAPAPA Award)
Best of America 2020 Exhibition NOAPS
Charleston Plein Air - Best of America Small Painting 2021- NOAPS (3rd Place)