Acrylic on canvas

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Pavel Mikushev is considered one of the founders of the ethno-futurist movement in visual art, which took shape in the mid-1990s in the Finno-Ugric republics of the Russian Federation: Mordovia, Mari El, Udmurtia, and Komi. Ethno-futurism was frst invented as a playfully paradoxical term by the Estonian poet Karl Martin Sinijärv in the late 1980s, but it was taken seriously by artists, writers, and theatre directors in the Volga Basin and is still a presence in the cultural scene there. Mikushev is a painter of elaborately stylized images of beings and objects associated with archaic Finno-Ugric beliefs and value systems. His images address creation myths and the totemistic worshipping of clan animals.

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