That is, unless you’re Dean Radinovsky. After traveling around the world, the Pennsylvania native has settled in Queens and he couldn’t be happier.
“I always wanted to come to New York City to study art,” Radinovsky said. “And when I did I really liked Queens. The cultural diversity, the people and the cuisine are all unique. Here, I am a citizen of the world more so than a citizen of the boroughs.”
During his time in New York, Radinovsky has managed to make a name for himself, creating what critics have referred to as “masterful” and “beautifully smooth” pieces of art.
In an effort to further his reputation and career, Radinovsky is showing his latest series of work, four separate nine-foot paintings, at the Standard Motor Products Building at 37-18 Northern Blvd. in Long Island City. The exhibit will be on display through April 15th.
Radinovsky said the community has immediately taken to his work, responding with nothing but praise for his pieces.
“This is a good opportunity to get works shown for first time in a public space,” Radinovsky said. “People were curious about it and so far I’ve received lots of comments on how [the paintings] have brightened up the lobby.”
Growing up Radinovsky didn’t always picture himself as a painter. It wasn’t until high school that he began to seriously consider a career as an artist.
“I didn’t realize until later on that I had some ability,” Radinovsky said. “It has always been a very challenging pursuit but I feel compelled to express myself through art.”
Talent, combined with hard work and good instruction, has propeled Radinovsky to the place he’s in today. Radinovsky credits two artists in particular, New York native Robert Birmelin and Pennsylvania’s Bob Andriulli, with influencing his work.
“They had a broad way of looking at things and their intellectual approach really expanded art,” Radinovsky said. “They never encouraged people to paint like them but instead they encouraged you to find your own ideas and express them in paint.”
Radinovsky has used their ideas and added his own unique touch. Instead of working with traditional style portraits and paintings, Radinovsky takes a more creative approach to his work.
Painting primarily abstract pieces, Radinovsky mixes a variety of colors and textures in an attempt to allow onlookers to use their imagination.
Radinovsky said even he often doesn’t know what to expect when he begins a project. This uncertainty allows him to express his creativity much more so than traditional art would.
“It really helps me get to the root of the feeling I’m trying to express by working through subconscious,” Radinovsky said. “I often find the final image just by continuing to refine composition as I go along, making it much more surprising at the end.”
Being creative can take some time though. Radinovsky said the four paintings currently on display took nearly a year to complete. For him the hardest part often came at the end of the piece when deciding what finishing touches to apply. More than once Radinovsky let the paintings sit for a couple of months before resuming and completing his work.
For Radinovsky, time is a valuable thing these days. Working as a lighting technician to help pay the bills, Radinovsky has also recently decided to try his hand at film making. Having already made three movies, he seems to have found a second passion. Radinovsky made one thing clear though: nothing can take the place of his art.
“No matter what, painting is the thing I will always come back to,” Radinovsky said.
Visit Radinovksy’s Web site at www.deanradinovsky.org for more information and to view his work.