Silis Nikolay (sculpture)
I was born in 1928 in Moscow, grew up in Leningrad and in 1941 faced the war there. In 1945 I entered the Moscow Higher Art — and Industry School (the former Stroganovskoe) the department of monumental sculpture. For 8 year I failed to understand, what my teachers wanted from me. Then I stewed and ripened in the creative team: Lemport-Sidur-Silis. For 15 years I have been working in the field of monumental sculpture together with them. However, I have not achieved much in this genre.
Hope came in 1962 — I made my first independent work in wood carving. From this time on I have considered myself a sculptor.
The main thing for me in sculpture is a form. Form alone can create an artist's image. Texture, material, dimentions — all these are just attributes. Sementic and topical loading opresses the form. However I do not exiude a pure head solution of form.
I never name my sculptures, unless I have to, paying a tribute of tradition. Sometimes I do it ohen it is neccesary somehow to define my work. I qualify a viewer to do this, for he is in some way a co-auther, and he also needs some freedom of associations of ideas.
31x12x6 cm. Bronze. 1956
37x32x28 cm. Cooper, bronze. 1990
35x80x30 cm. Bronze. 1996
28,5x18x14 cm. Bronze. 1997
41x13x14 cm. Bronze. 1997
32x10x10 cm. Bronze. 1990
40x10x10 cm. Bronze. 1961
31x62x6 cm. Bronze. 1969