Roman is mainly working with large scale installation and this series of paintings is a new visual language for the artist.
Recently, there is a tendency for Ukrainian artists to return to painting. Not as the main media, but as an experiment that can express a specific idea better than an installation or video art, for example.
The paintings depict young people without faces. We do not know them, but we can identify them as representatives of modern street culture. We can pre-empt what air, for example, they breathe and what music they listen to.
The artist does not accidentally call the series No hero. Thus, he rethinks the very essence of heroism and what it becomes in the modern world for the young generation.
Also, pay attention to the interior in which there are heroes. These are the walls of Ukrainian porches in the Soviet-style, many of which have not been repainted in nearly 30 years.
Thus, our heroes are not just some abstract guys. These are Ukrainian youth, who on the one hand live in the global world and follow the world trends through Instagram. And on the other hand, their life and youthfulness pass through old fashioned interiors, which cannot but reflect on their goals and values.
According to the artist: the series raises the image of the hero as it is, the need of society for the heroes and the desire to become a hero.
The project was first shown in the frame of the Pinchuk Art Center art prize short list exhibition.