TEACHER SPOTLIGHT WITH PAINTER BORIS OSTEROV
Boris Ostrerov earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. In the last three years, he has taught art classes to beginners. He creates a comfortable environment and uses his ability to clearly and enthusiastically articulate and demonstrate approaches and techniques to painting and drawing. Boris believes art is a rewarding hobby and that everyone has the potential to improve their artistic skills and exercise their creativity through visual art.
Ostrerov’s oil paintings have been exhibited in Chicago and New York including showing at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Paris London Hong Kong (PLHK), Lubov, and 65 Grand. He has been featured in several publications including New American Paintings #119.
What’s your favorite book?
The Foreigner (1973) by Amos Poe
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When did you realize you wanted to share your passion/skill?
I realized I wanted to teach people art by thinking of my own experience trying to learn how to make art when I was in high school. It was very hard to find a good teacher, and in college, I understood that I enjoyed teaching and introducing people to their hidden creative side, which everyone has, but doesn't realize. I want to teach people not only the technical side of making art (which most people find intimidating), but how to express yourself visually, exercise your creativity, and have fun making personal, unique art. I am focusing on teaching watercolor painting because it's a very practical medium for beginners--pleasurable, inexpensive, easy clean-up, portable, and mysterious!
Did you go to school for your craft or teach yourself?
I went to art school to study, but before that, I took group and private art classes as well as read about how to paint and draw on my own.
If you could choose a spirit animal what would it be?
I never thought about this...Young Thug?
What makes you laugh until you cry?
Silly youtube videos and Remi Gaillard pranks
How do you like to spend your weekend?
Painting! Hopping around gallery openings, soccer, nightlife.
What’s your favorite city and why?
Paradise City. Because the grass is green and the art is really good.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find it in teaching and discussing art with people who are new to art, learning and experiencing new things. I feel very engaged and focused when I am trying to articulate a concept or technique to a student as I search for the best way to do that. I love showing people that they CAN make meaningful art and have fun doing it. It's fantastic to open up people's eyes to something new and exciting. For my personal painting & practice, it’s hard to say…from a myriad of life experiences, emotions, and other art and music that intrigues and challenges me.
Check out an upcoming workshop in Chicago!