“Artist” may be the most modest, and yet the
most accurate, description when trying to evaluate or define the man,
More than just an artist,
art is his way of life and his truest means of communication. From the
four-year-old child sketching his impressions of war stories and movie plots
to the mature artist participating in international exhibitions. Time and
again it is evident that painting fills Michael’s world to such an extent
that he thinks in color, form and texture.
As a boy full of promise,
Michael was sent to the academy in LVOV, then a moderate city of culture in
the Soviet Russia. There he began his journey of revelations, being exposed
to modern painting, impressionism, unconstrained splashes of paint, and
live, effervescent color. Against a Soviet backdrop which permitted only
static classical painting, Michael Gorban materialized as a LVOV Academy
artist diving into the Wanton Sea of churning, animated colors.
academic footing enables him to roam continually from style to style in
seemingly aimless wanderings. Actually it stems from intellectual curiosity
and drive to explore and make a mark on modern art, despite its being
stifled and repressed in the Soviet Union.
The essence of Michael
Gorban is artist. He cannot be imagined as belonging elsewhere but to that
long and honorable list of artists for whom painting is the first and final
word, the breath of life. Those artists whose work and curiosity make the
world of painting so exciting and boundless.