Michael Solovyev, Canada
Michael Solovyev’s traditional academic art education, extensive experience as a head theater stage
designer, and oil painter career, now inform his priority as a watercolor artist – light.
Michael is a
watercolor artist of great renown, with exhibitions and workshops all over the world, from Bolivia to
France to Australia.
Michael sees his work as an artist as exploration and observation of the world and its presentation in
such way the others can see the things he saw – one of the most interesting jobs in the world. His stage
designer background as provided two main insights fundamental for his subsequent watercolor artist
career – understanding that the light is paramount to the art and the love for collective co-creation.
Watercolor is the most interesting medium to Michael because it is the only material on the whole
planet where he is not solely responsible for the creative process. Rather than working alone, he forms a
partnership with the water. Watercolor flows, permeates the medium, it exists in time as an alive being.
Michael works together with the watercolor in a fascinating process of co-creation which leads to
interesting outcomes. Such partnership does not exist in all other branches of visual arts.
Michael considers adrenaline and experimentation the necessities of the creative process, always
challenging himself with new techniques, ideas, stories, and materials.
IWM2024 is Maestro Michael Solovyev’s debut UK appearance.
It is an honour to present Michael, a genuine global watercolour icon, to the IWM audience at Lilleshall Hall.