Feature photo by Travis Sturgeon. Artwork by Tim Volodzko
Tim Volodzko, a junior art major at Lee, presented his artwork on the walls of his home in Rudensk, Belarus when he was two years old.
His mother didn’t mind.
From the end of March until April 10, his artwork rested just as proudly on the walls of the Humanities Building, and his alma mater shares his mother’s sentiments.
Volodzko attended his first art school at the age of ten.
When the boys would go and throw the ball outside, I would stay inside and draw,
From 1999 until 2003, he attended the Republican College of Art before finishing at Glebov’s College of Art with a First Secondary Special Education Degree and Specialty as Teacher of Art.
He also studied visual design and media at European Humanities University for a year before coming to Lee in 2010.
Volodkzo had friends in Cleveland, so he thought the school would be a good match. He said that he desired change, and “American schools are known to be the best.”
He went on to say that there is a big difference between American education and the education he received in Europe.
“In those schools you draw faces from photographs,” he said. “But in the classical training, you look at who is sitting right next to you and draw him or her.”
For the last two and a half years, Volodzko has specialized in pen and ink drawings although he previously has had experience with a variety of mediums including watercolor, sculpting, graphic design and photography.
Christian Downes, a senior writing major and published poet, is a longtime friend and supporter of Volodzko’s work.
“Anybody that has a chance to view Tim’s art knows right away he is already at a master level,” Downes said.
Though he named several artists as influences, such as Egon Schiele and Aubrey Beardsley, he said that he is inspired by music and fashion more than anything else.
When I listen to music, I have more images in my head than when I go to a museum and look at other artists,
This was Volodzko’s second exhibition at Lee.
His first was on display in the Vest Building and supplemented his design work for the backdrop of one of Lee’s theater productions.
What’s next for Volodzko?
“I am already doing exactly what I want to do,” he said.
He did add that after being in school for over ten years, he was ready to devote himself completely to his art. For Volodzko, this summer is filled with many projects, but he is reluctant to talk about his work before it is finished.