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MYKHAILO PONOMARENKO

Associate at EDSA

Misha Ponomarenko is and always has been deeply fascinated with the landscape and the way it is perceived. Born and raised in Ukraine he studied architecture and painting. After graduation he moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL. and in 2017 his paintings received first prize at a world renowned design competition called Fairy Tales. Misha plays with the landscapes in a very architectural way to induce curiosity in the viewer about their surrounding landscape and to inspire creative thought pertaining to the viewer’s perception of space and time. Common everyday landscapes are transformed through surgical engineering feats with unusual interventions of monumental scale. In this way exotic new landscapes are born extracting the concept that infinite possibilities of improbabilities exist, and can be achieved, thus raising questions of the viewer’s perceived limitations, which only exist within the viewer’s own mind.Currently Misha is an associate architect and at the landscape architecture firm EDSA.

Lecture: "Strange brew of landscape, architecture, painting, storytelling"

Lecture Description

Land Alchemy is a series of paintings depicting Earth in the Parallel Universe.  A place where probabilities of impossibilities exist within possibilities of improbabilities in this strange yet very familiar landscape. The Creator of the Universe is Ukrainian artist, landscape lover, EDSA associate Misha Ponomarenko. He plays with the landscapes in a very architectural way to induce curiosity in the surrounding landscape and inspire creativity beyond space and time. Common everyday landscapes are transformed through surgical engineering feats with unusual interventions of monumental scale. Exotic new landscapes are born and the possibilities of creating infinite possibilities of improbabilities exist, raising questions of perceived limitations that only exist within the mind. The Landscapes always inspired me to put something weird, unreal and out of human scale into them. Something not feasible, not practical, contrasting to the landscape but at the same time at one in scale with it. These satirical interventions could lead you to new ideas and feelings about the landscape, to make you more aware about external environment and our harmful impact on it. We are flat surface creatures. In fact we are craving it so much that the planet is going to be turned into pavement so the cars could go anywhere, and our industries could continue going on. The contrasts between man-made and nature-made is the most beautiful part of our existence and in fact the main reason why we are here.