We met Prof. Hwang Sang Keun at Korean painting master class. He turned out to be real professional, masterly dealing with the brush and paints. The visitors of the all ages with the sincere interest watched the process of the creating of the picture, and when it was ready, everyone was taking a lot of photographs with it and with the creator.
After the master class Xwang Sang eagerly agreed for the interview. During the interview the painter revealed himself from different perspectives: he told his life story, why and when he arrived in Russia, what inspires him most and in what way he is planning to develop in the nearest future.
Y.K: Could you tell me about your childhood, why did you decide to be a painter?
X.S: I was born in Korea, in Ulsan. I stated painting at the age of 5 and back then realized that I would like to become a painter and this is my life. That is why after the graduating from high school I moved to China to study Oriental Painting and Ceramics. By the way, in Korea it is a very prestigious profession, and this could be put down to the peculiarities of the Korean culture.
Y.K: And how do they express?
X.S: In Korea people always worshipped nature, it is divine, and the main thing is that is absolutely perfect in its purity, and it doesn’t need any addition. Long since in Korea during the harvest or, say during rice plant, various contests for the best creating were carried out, people used to draw pictures and write poems. In Korea it is not acceptable to give cut flowers as a present, so the Korean women are always given the flowers in pots. Furthermore, pictures have occult effect, in other words, serve as amulets. In Korea there is a very strong notion of karma and curse, which have the tendency to accumulate and be passed from generation to generation. That is why families try to save themselves and buy the pictures with the positive energy that can scare dark souls and protect form the evil. Superstitions in Korea and Russia are truly different, but it’s been long since I moved to Russia, so I got used to all the cultural peculiarities.
Y.K: How long have you been living in Russia? What amazed you most, so that you decided to stay? What do you do here?
X.S: I move to Russia 28 years ago. During the travelling all over the world, my destiny brought me to Russia, and I could declare that my heart belongs here. I live here with my wife and children, I get inspired by the beauty of the Russian soul and don’t stop creating. I am a professor of the International Arts Academy and organize art master-classes. My colleague, Sulan Abaev, and me are now developing the program “Preservation and Popularization of the Traditional Means of Art”.
Y. K: It would be nice of you to tell about this program in detail.
X.S: Our life is profoundly tied with our past, traditions and culture, but the humanity is now going on the path of the so-called technocracy. The aim of the program “Preservation and Popularization of the Traditional Means of Art” – the preservation of the traditions in art, namely painting, and its introduction to all the segments of the Russian population. I am very pleased to know that our Korean painting master classes attract such various audience, from students to seniors, and that truly confirms that the need in true beauty and creation still lives in us. All in all, Sultan Abaev and me have a lot of projects in view.
Y.K: So what are your plans?
X.S: First of all, my plans are connected with the academic activity, namely the study of noospheric practice and the methods of the implementation to the pictures. Speaking laconically about noospheric technologies, our universe, which consists of dozen atoms, has million amount of information, but in the all course of human life on the planet, humanity continues changing the atom core information, and that’s the reason of the disharmony and destructive power. Noospheric technologies are capable of neutralizing of the anthropogenic factors; recovering of the damaged DNA molecules; creating informational base for efficient perception of the different knowledge in the process of professional training; programming of the plants for necessary functions and qualities. On the whole, we could list all the advantages of the Noospheric technologies program endlessly, because it has topical strategic sense in the modern world and carries out all the necessary informational exchange. Just due to this program we could endow the pictures with the information that can influence on the human mind. So this could find its application in the sphere of sales and marketing, helping to boost the demand for the products and raise the attendance of the entertainment institutions.
Besides, in the nearest future Sultan Abaev and me are planning to open the ceramic factory “Gamma”. Our mission is the revival of the classical ceramic production traditions, so various master classes and excursions for both young and older generation will be held. I am sure you agree that factory production will never replace handmade: it always has its unique energy and soul of the creator.
Y.K: What’s your opinion, who will win in the struggle: arts or technologies?
X.S: Technologies are of a very high importance in the modern world, but not more than just a tool. The destructive path of development will never be chosen till people live on the planet. Deep inside every human has the need to create and worship the beauty. As Fyodor Dostoevsky said: “The beauty will save the world.”