Aec Interesni Kazki /   Aleksei Bordusov


Painting, Murals

Aec Interesni Kazki
Aleksei Bordusov
August 4, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Renowned for his striking visual imagery, Aleksei Bordusov aka Aec Interesni Kazki is a Ukrainian street artist whose surrealistic works grace walls across the globe. His bright, intriguing murals—inspired by science, religion, mythology, cosmology, myths and times past—are filled with color, and often accompanied by black and white drawings of his own. Aec’s highly detailed pieces appear like they come from a fairy tale populated by colorful imaginary creatures that often seem to be in motion. The comparison with fairy tale characters is not unintentional as his nickname Interesni Kazki literally means Interesting Fairytales and it also stood as a crew name of an artistic duo composed of Aec and Vladimir Manzhos Waone.

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Aec Interesni Kazki – Ukrainian St. George, Kiev, Ukraine, 2014

Artistic Beginnings and Interesni Kazki

Aec Interesni Kazki got basic knowledge and skills of drawing and painting during his studies in architecture at Art Academy. Upon graduation, he realized that he doesn’t want to pursue a career as an architect but wants to focus on art only. It was in the late 1990s that he started painting on the streets of Kiev as a part of big graffiti crew Ingenious Kids (IK). However, after several years of city bombing, painting public walls and trains, he got bored of letters. In 2005, Aec teamed with one of IK members Waone in creating pieces composed of characters without letters. Inspired by murals from other parts of the world, and in particular, Brazil, Aec and Waone formed Interesni Kazki duo that became known for their unique style of contemporary muralism with graffiti roots. Merging science fiction, fantasy, and Ukrainian religion and culture, they created their own dreamlike universe inhabited by mysterious subjects.

Aec Interesni Kazki started painting on the streets of Kiev in the late 1990s

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Aec Interesni Kazki – Odysseus Escape from Polyphemus, Catania, Sicily, Italy, 2015

Colors, Shades and Forms

After more than a decade of fruitful collaboration and numerous street pieces made by Interesni Kazki, the duo split in May 2016 and both Aec and Waone decided to follow their dreams as solo artists. Over the years of artistic work, Aleksei has developed his own technical skills, and moved from stylization to more realistic and anatomic images, focused on colors, their shades and forms. Although he experimented with different techniques, he realized that the traditional paint brush technique gives him more opportunities than others, so today he mainly works with rollers, brushes and acrylic paints. Aec also works with acrylics and brushes on canvases and uses ink liners to do drawings on paper. Some of them he colors with watercolors, being inspired by a technique of old book illustrations of past centuries.

Aec recently visited Mexico where he created an interesting new mural

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Aec Interesni Kazki – Petrified Science or Archeological Recursion, Valladolid, Mexico, 2016

Sacred Gravitation

As one of his most important projects, the artist highlights Sacred Gravitation, the last show of Interesni Kazki duo that was held at Manhattan’s Jonathan Levine Gallery in January 2016. For this exhibition, Aec worked a lot on his personal pieces creating three big canvases – Last Day of the Babylon, Temple of the Time and The Genesis. It took him two months to create each of these huge and extremely detailed paintings, so he spent half of a year working on them. In addition to these three paintings, his exposition for this show included ten ink drawings of different sizes, which he was drawing for another half of a year or even longer.

Aec spent six monts working on three paintings for Sacred Gravitation show

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Aec Interesni Kazki – Last Day of the Babylon, 176×176 cm, 2015 (Left) / Temple of the Time, 162×196 cm, 2015 (Right)

Allegorical Street Art of Aec

Through his striking artworks, Aec shows an amazing artistic ability to transform abandoned or natural environments into allegorical and figurative artworks without using direct imaginary, so people can understand it free, in their own way, according to their own imagination. He considers a creation of art as “an opportunity to understand mystical reasons of The Universe” as well as to rediscover topics that range from science and history to religion and myths in his own way. Aec’s signature narrative-like style works can be found on walls throughout Europe, as well as beyond, in Australia, USA, Puerto Rico, India, Brazil, and more. He has participated in many street art festivals including Fame Festivalin Grottaglie, Italy, Boombarstick in Vodnjan, Croatia, Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas, USA and WEAArt in Aalborg, Denmark, among others.

Aec Interesni Kazki lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine.

Featured image: Aec Interesni Kazki – portrait
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Sacred Gravitation, Interesni Kazki ShowJonathan LeVine gallery, New York, USASolo
2015Obra, Mural Project Sao Paulo, BrasilGroup
2015Emergence, International Festival Of Street Art and Urban ActionsCatany, Sicily, ItalyGroup
2015Public2015,Mural Festival organized by FormPerth Cyty, Western AustraliaGroup
2014Ayia Napa Street Art FestivalAyia Napa, Cyprus Group
2014Selfmade Mural Project and creation of Mural Ukrainian St.GeorgeKiev, UkraineSolo
2014Weaart Mural FestivalAalborg, DenmarkGroup
2014Inter Arma Silent Musae, Interesni Kazki ExhibitionStudio Cromie Gallery, Grottaglie, ItalySolo
2013Los Muros Hablan Festival, Painting MuralSan Juan, Puerto RicoGroup
2013Art Festival Life Is Beautiful, Painting Mural during the FestivalLas Vegas, USAGroup
2013Wynwood Walls Mural Project, Painting mural before Art BaselMiami, USAGroup
2013Garage Project, With Library Street Art CollectiveDetroit, USAGroup
2013Art Festival Favca Cuidad Del Carmen, MexicoGroup
2013Mural Project LgzMoscow, RussiaGroup
2013Boombarstick FestivalVodnjan, CroatiaGroup
2013Artists Residence for a Word of Art ProjectCape Town, South AfrcaGroup
2012Street Art in Closter, Street Art Festival St.Ottilien, Bavaria, GermanyGroup
2012Fame FestivalGrottaglie, ItalyGroup
2012Art Festival Milestone ProjectGirona, SpainGroup
2012Bloop Festival 2012StAntony De Portmany, Ibiza, SpainGroup
2012All City Canvas, Mural Art Festival Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2012Living WallsAtlanta, USAGroup
2012Open Walls, Mural Art Festival Baltimore, USAGroup
2012Streets Of The WorldOpera Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2011Wynwood Walls Project 2011Miami, USAGroup
2011Nothing Special, Interesni Kazki ShowMid-City Arts gallery, Los Angeles, USASolo
2011Objects Of The Universe, Interesni Kazki ShowAvantgarden gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2011Bloop Festival 2011Ibiza, SpainGroup
2011Street Art CommunicationsKosice, SlovakiaGroup
2011Walk&Talk, Street Art FestivalAzores Islands, PortugalGroup
2011Collective DreamsKiev, UkraineGroup
2010Art For All, Street Art Festival Seville, SpaineGroup
2010Paranoya & Shtrihi, Interesni Kazki ShowGallery ALL OVER, Lyon, FranceSolo
2009Poliniza, Street Art Festival Valencia, SpainGroup