Serhiy Radkevych aka TECK

Graduated from the National Academy of Arts in Lviv, Departament of Paintings. He has been engaged in Street Art for more then 7 years. In 2010 Teck was one of the organiser and participant of the Black Circle Festival in the town of Poninka. He lives in the city of Lviv.

Last year you started some religious series: “Holy faces” and “Holy Sepulcher”. Are you a religious person ?
Yes, I am religious person. Greek Catholic (Orthodox).
My urban interventions hold the balance between contemporary murals and graffiti. They shift the meaning of the space they occupy. My subjects originate from religious iconography, I combine simplified religious symbols with geometrical forms to arrive at contemporary spiritual abstract form. I seek out public and private spaces which have lost their function or have an undefined meaning, then transform them into spiritual signal spaces.

I can imagine you experience very different reactions from the public when you a paint a Jesus portrait than when you write letters.
When I paint a Jesus portrait I can hear more expressive reaction from the public than when I write letters. Paintings with some social, religious or historical aspects of life is more interesting for the public than abstract art & letter writing.

We know Ukraine is extremely cold on winter. Do you only paint on spring & summer
time ?

When I have nice idea I can paint in summer or winter times also in the mountains, tunnels, abandoned factories. Last project I have made was located in the big market hall in Kiev.

More photos from Teck.