Mihail Korubin was born in Skopje in 1986. He is the third generation of visual artists, his grandfather artist Mile Korubin and his father artist Rubens Korubin . He graduated at F.L.U (Faculty of fine arts)- Skopje, Macedonia in the painting department . Mihail completed his master’s degree in painting at the same faculty in the class of prof. Blagoja Manevski.
Passing by the artworks of Mihail Korubin, we start to shunt through a specific world of mega portraits, known, unknown , imaginative. Their monumentality is being imposed as a dominant paradigm that sets up the basic sensation between the recipient and the artwork. The viewer becomes the interactive entity in his/her individual perception of the exposed face. Aside from the impressiveness the portraits preach with their stylistic realization that is directly related to the skillfulness of Mihail Korubin to create dynamic colored expression. The color is sometimes fauvistic, wild and intensive, and often the complementary mergers of the colorings, posted one by another, shape the form suggesting the third dimension. In his works some frozen action is happening, on some we can identify, which is the action of the main actors (musicians), and on the others (because they are in imaginary and undefined areas) we can only presuppose it in accordance to our individual feeling ( sadness, rage, resignation, questions, fear, cry etc.). Whatever performance the portrait displays restrained reaction and impression, which emphasize the characteristic dimension of the particular individual and the psychological insight of her/his soul
Excerpt by Curator Ana Frangovska
1.Please tell us a little about yourself – your childhood, siblings, where you grew up, what you liked as a child, strange thoughts as a child/now, unique attributes, where you live now, etc.? What is your earliest art memory?
I was born in artistic and creative surroundings. My father and my grandfather were established artists so my first art memory is also my first memory of a home. I literally grew up in my father’s studio, so even before I could walk I was crawling on my fours on dried dripped paint on the floor. It was like walking and growing up through an abstract painting – that is probably my earliest art memory. My mother was a fashion model and later a fashion designer. In many cases she was a muse for my father and often posed for my father as a model. Often sitting in the studio she did all kinds of different poses with her hands, hair, etc. These memories are probably locked within my mind and can also be partially seen in my paintings. Except for the usual children toys, my father’s big studio was my biggest playground. The studio had everything – sharpies were everywhere, tons of colors in various packaging, different kinds of drawing paper, canvases, sketches, art books, the smell of turpentine and stand oils – the thought of this erupts all senses, it was a place to learn and explore, and it still is.
2. How do you describe your form of art and how did you develop your art style?
My vision for art has been changing during the years, but I’ve always liked portrait drawings and paintings, it is of course a combination of various art styles, artists, memories etc. I didn’t necessarily develop my style on purpose; my style is basically an expressed synthesis of my collective inspiration and imagination. I remember as a youngster I really didn’t like abstraction, I couldn’t understand it; it looked so gimmicky to me. But as the years passed, I really started to love and appreciate those works. It is a visual feeling from the almost perfect minimal to the controlled accidental outburst of hue emotions. In some of my paintings today you can definitely see those abstract blasts and backgrounds that blend with my figurative side. Art like everything else is a never ending learning process. The color in my works is sometimes fauvistic, wild and intensive, and often the complementary mergers of the colorings, posted one by another, shape the form suggesting the third dimension. In my works some frozen action is happening – on some we can identify which is the action of the main actors (musicians), and on the others (because they are in imaginary and undefined areas), we can only presuppose it in accordance to our individual feeling (sadness, rage, resignation, questions, fear, cry etc.). My portraits display restrained reaction and impression which emphasize the characteristic dimension of the particular individual and the psychological insight of her/his soul.
3.What messages are you trying to convey with your art?
My art is a mostly visual experience. I think the biggest impact that can translate as a message to others is to inspire someone to create, to dream and do the things that he is best in. A great artist is the one that can best express him or herself.
4.How do you think art can change the world we live in for the better?
How can art change the world? Art is a feeling, an idea, an inspiration, it is a dream, an imagination, an exploration, art is real, and it’s hard to imagine how art cannot change the world for the better. Imagination is far from logic, though one without the other will create nothing. Can you imagine the world without the art in it? – The cars, the buildings, the clothes, the machines, the inventions, what would they look like? It would be a pretty grey picture I think.
Interview by Style no chaser