Art Brings Peace

How art brings peace into our lives:

Art at the Times of Crisis

By Vyacheslav Shevchenko

It so happened in my life that different stages of it corresponded with a different political and economic crisis. My youth corresponded with the period of economic depression in USSR. Then, in 1980's - radical changes brought by perestroika. Later, the fall of the Soviet Union and the creation of a multitude of independent countries with unbalanced economic structures. Facing the latter change, many people fell into panic which led some to schizophrenia, etc.

I lived through all the hard times with a brush in my hand. That brought me the peace of mind. Watching the eternal beauty of Nature, I was realizing more and more that Nature is not touched by any crisis. It is the only divine creation and in it there is strength and faith and soul.

Being in that state of mind, I was constantly painting and having solo exhibits. And as strange as it might seem, during the periods of great economic and political turmoils, people were very happy to visit my shows, and that gave me even more energy and confidence in tomorrow.

No matter what my financial situation was at the moment, I was constantly amazed at the sunrises and sunsets, the trees in bloom, and ending summer. The glow of autumn and the subtle beauty of winter - all that joy I put on canvases, sharing it with my viewers.

I noticed that during the hard times my friends and the friends of my friends were visiting my studio more often. During their visits, we had conversations about the beauty, about our place in the world, but not about our problems. Often, my friends would come to my studio and sit for hours in silence watching me paint. I didn't ask them any questions, the doors of my studio were always open to them.

And I heard them all say the same phrase: "It's so quiet and peaceful here". I thought about it and I realized that art is about peace. We are not gods. We are his messengers on Earth. And our mission is to bring the peace and beauty, which many people pass by in their everyday rush.

Vyacheslav Shevchenko is an internationally acclaimed artist and art professor. To learn more about him and his work, please visit

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