Russian born Nick Fedaeff has resided in Aotearoa for much of his life. He enjoys travel, exhibiting his work around the globe and using his experiences in new places to inform his practice.
Often described as a "soft surrealist," small motifs present in his work encourage a closer look. Fedaeff is inspired by dreams, his experiences of daily life and music - the shapes and movement in his work can often feel lyrical. There are nods to many major art movements and masters in his work - Surrealism and Dali, the Renaissance and the Old Masters, Bosch, Picasso. Despite all these layered historic references, his practice is undoubtedly contemporary.
Using both acrylic and oils, Fedaeff layers his paint onto a canvas surface prepared with mull-like fabric to create texture. Along with this physical layering, there is also a layering of the slightly disorienting, the hallucinatory quality of a dream, elements of surprise, and the absurdity of life.
Fedaeff has exhibited internationally at Art Fairs, and in galleries in Sydney and Hong Kong. He is an accomplished musician and writer and has been painting since childhood.
Surreal and enigmatic. Nick Fedaeff creates figurative paintings that transport the viewer to his world of dreams.