Multystoried America

May 3, 2012

Evgeniy Dvoretskiy was born in Tolyatti. As a child he lived in Izhevsk. Engeniy graduated from biological faculty of Ydmurtia State University but he decided to continue studying at Modern Art School rather than  at  genebiology  institute in Moscow. Then he married a biologist and they moved to New York in 2011. Evgeniy is an illustrator and a designer. Men's Health and CEO, T-shirt store, Moleskine, Vera Wang are some of his clients.


How did you get there?
Thanks to my wife. She is a molecular biologist and she was offered a job here. We are adventurous.

Which of the things you have here you lacked at home?
It’s difficult to say. I am a last-born child in a big family, so we always lack something.

Do you work with local or Russian employers?
By the way I mostly work with the Russian ones. I watch, I draw, but when I show any agent my portfolio the answer always is “We like your works very much but now we don’t have work for you. Sorry”. I asked Kelly, an American woman I know, to tell me what she assotiates with the word “Russia”. She hesitated for 5 second and said “Huge, cold, ballet”. I guess they in illustration agencies have the same assotiations. There’s no place for illustration.

Where is it better and more interesting to live?
It’s more interesting to live in Russia but it’s better to live here! I believe that the moment we stop thinking of going West as the only way to be happy life will become better in Russia, too. As for me, I think that a dog always returns to its vomit.

Do you keep in touch with any illustrators or designers in the U.S or do you live in isolation? Do you like any local illustrators?
Not much. There have always been more linguists, musicians and biologists around. I think true isolation begins when there are all colleagues around. But I really like many of them.

Does the local culture and trends influence your style? Do you go to art exhibitions or take part in any projects?
For sure! It’s so interesting. When I just got there everything looked like the Russia of the 90s: baseball caps worn backwards, loose pants, sweatshirts. An American would never buy a coat for 300$ if his/her salary is 380$. That’s all about Russians. And a local Wexner Center for the Arts also influences me much, I am their partner. And they often show cult Russian movies!

Did you have to study at local specialized schools, courses for illustrators? What do they teach and how?
They have a big university here, and I studied the history of Western Art, modern cinema and even architecture. I can say that I like studying more thanworking.

What’s new about illustration in the U.S?
Well, they are quite different from us. There is a sort of brand addiction everywhere. You can make money or work for pleasure but they have magazines packed with low-grade illustrations by different artists. But if the magazine is popular, they consider all the illustrations to be skillful enough.

Do you ever go to Russia? Do you want to move anywhere else?
Yes, I was there some months ago and I’d like to be back, which is not the best idea.

What do you miss here?
Wherever we hide, the Motherland is deep inside us.


Evgeniy Dvoretskiy's portfolio