I paint quickly; speed grabs essence better than deliberation. I would rather stick with gut reactions than pursue an analytical process. I prefer the image to be not an illustration of the subject matter, but of an emotion revealed in the process. I never know what that emotion is going to be until the work is done. This makes the process of painting exciting and also fraught with dangers as I apply materials in non-traditional ways. This process leads to new discoveries which I then incorporate into the final image because they tell a deeper story.


Dimitri Pavlotsky is an artist who has been based in Chicago since 1994. He grew up in Moscow, Russia, where he received traditional academic training at Moscow Institute of Architecture. Though the training was excellent, he found it limiting. There, emotions didn’t seem to carry as much value as skills. Discovering Modern Art while studying architecture in Moscow and later at the Art Institute of Chicago allowed him to go deeper inside by experimenting with visual languages.