Glass Art by Alexei Zelya
Glass Art by Alexei Zelya. Russian self-taught artist Alexei Zelya was born in 1944 in Moscow. At the age of 27 he created his first glass-statuette, which appeared as the opener for the whole animal statuette series. His glass animals made in 70-th, reflects master’s love to the nature. During 80-th Zelya made many airy sparkle compositions. Such works like “Flowering stump”, “Russian field”, “Indian summer” and “Dog-rose” show the beauty of Russian nature, saturated with many details and biologically accurate. А man of phenomenal visual memory, clever fingers of a skilled craftsman, inquisitive mind of a scientist and an impressionable artistic soul Аlexey Zelya has already been working with quartz glass during last 40 years.
Glass by Alexei Zelya
“Glass is beautiful. It is beautiful work and a beautiful piece of art. This is a fabulous material that refracts light in which everything plays and sparkles “- the talented blower says admiringly ..
His hand made a gift – a glass basket for Margaret Thatcher. His works were exhibited at the Hermitage and the Tretyakov Gallery. Australia and Germany, the USA and Japan constantly invited Alexis Zelya to come to work. The artist refused, coz of possible damage to the sculptures.
Master works with non-traditional for the Russian (and world) glass-quartz glass. Years of hard work allowed him to develop a wide range of ways to handle this material. Combination of artistic talent and virtuoso in one person makes it possible to create works that have no analogues in the world. Creation of Alexei Zel are recognized by experts of the highest level, and in 1993 he was awarded the title “People’s Artist of Russia.”
This title he received for his contributions to arts and crafts and unusual skill, which he achieved on his own. Therefore, the name of Alexei Zelya can rightly be attributed to the remarkable constellation of brilliant self-taught artist, who glorified our land.