I believe my creative expression is at its best when I incorporate a series of unique and disparate styles; though I include elements of meaning that are important to me, the work is inclusive, and is open for viewer’s interpretation. It is a mixture of various approaches, not bound by traditional stylistic principals, yet having an urban art flavour tying it all together. It’s an attempt to reconcile my own unique take on a broad range of topics, while simultaneously connecting with new audiences. My art is iterative in nature, yet it is part of the same journey and a constant pursuit of bettering myself as an artist and as a person. I consider myself really fortunate that my artwork has opened many doors and created many friendships around the globe.
Sergey Ryutin, also known as Toner, was born in 1985 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. He lived half his life in Sevastopol, Ukraine before immigrating to Canada in 2001. In 2008 Sergey was extremely proud to become a Canadian Citizen. Sergey obtained technical education and been working in the architectural industry in Calgary, Alberta for the past 8.5 years. Through the years his creative passion led him to explore a variety of artistic styles and mediums and took him many places across the globe. Sergey’s latest creative endeavour is opening his own company Cheka Creative.
My preferred approach to any project is to meet with stakeholders and understand their key messages and values. I believe that in order to generate a truly compelling piece of art, the artist first must source underlying themes and meanings expressed by the invested parties. Once these are understood, I would then begin creating visual designs to express these ideas, while simultaneously calling on my own experience and sense of style to complete the composition. I’m open to suggestions and different methods of engagements, as well as collaborative approaches that may be required in certain instances.
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