His paintings immediately capture, fascinate, make people think, taking them to unknown existential depths. One of the works of the famous Kazakh artist Vyacheslav Lui-Ko – "Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow" is featured in the Museum of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbassy. Many of the works of the painter are now in private collections in Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany, the USA, Canada, Turkey, and other countries.


"The works of the unique master are too accurate, without any mistakes and the slightest flaws, as if they are from another, super-unique civilization", - this is the opinion of the Kazakh painter and graphic artist, publicist Zhenis Kakenuly, who shared his opinion on the work of Vyacheslav Lui-Ko.

  There are artists among us whose creative nature is complex, the style of the image of the surrounding world is ambiguous, the manner of working on the picture does not lend itself to a simple clear perception and a monosyllabic characteristic that allows us to describe creativity in one paint, one phrase, like our contemporaries – Yeraly Ospanuly, Aibek Begalin, Dashi Namdakov, like Mikhail Vrubel from the Silver age, or the great Netherlanders Jerome Bosch and Peter Bruegel. 

One of such unique masters is the Almaty artist Vyacheslav Lui-Ko.

If you look closely at the essence of the master, then there is a feeling that he was destined to be an artist, and in advance, clearly predetermined what and how to write, without any sketches and rough drawing.   It seems that the task of this artist is only to transfer everything to paper and canvas according to this prescription, the concept of the mysterious being of this world (as if he is hearing the singing of a wise storyteller-improviser - zhyrau, from dawn to dawn, long nights singing ancient epic poems, not only repeating them, but also supplementing them with his own deep thoughts, experiences, and he as the artist seeks to quickly embody this in the art canvas).

In our time, when it would seem that all the words have already been said, all the texts have already been written, and we can only repeat them, quote, he does not seem to pay attention to the question "how did you do it?", and he does not seek an answer, he only enjoys the magic colors and secret patterns invisible to us. It seems that he himself only after the work is completely finished, together with the viewers contemplates what and how he depicted, wondering at the same time with them.

His paintings reflect the original mentality of the artist and the special universe in which he exists. No matter how closely you look at his graphic style, at millions of little touches, you will not find a single inaccurate line, not a single defect. The composition and color harmony, the alternation of black and white lines in his painting, the handwriting of which is clear to him alone, are flawless, perfect patterns are perceived easily.

What comes to the fore is not how and on what material the painting is made, not the technique, but the artist's intention, the meaning, and essence of the unusual life in the painting.

And the fate of the artist is complex, twisted, like his paintings. The fate that has developed between the clear, at the same time mysterious, almost chrestomathic names "Anapa – Leningrad – Murmansk – Almaty", connected together by winding lines.

It is also surprising that although no one in his family introduced him to painting, he did not go to arts circles, art school, he did not review multi-volume albums with paintings as a child, and as a young man who simply knew how to hold a pencil, suddenly easily entered the art and graphic faculty, graduated from it and became a professional artist.

And his name is unusual - "Lui-Ko." And his paintings are full of unusual mysteries...


Artist Zhenis Kakenuly