The Story of the Blind Artist

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The paintings you see in this post might seem not be worth publishing from the first site. The thing can make us look more closely at them is the story of the artist who brought them to life. What makes them special is that this person is… blind. I don’t know if he is unique or there are some more people around the world who are totally blind but here his story.
He was not blind from the birth. He lost his sight during a digging operation in the forests of Ukraine, where they tried to find remains of Russian soldiers who are considered to be missing since the World War 2. He got blew up on the 50 year old German Nazi land mine and since then he couldn’t see with the both of his eyes.

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One of the Dmitri’s works.

Before this accident he had already some recognition among the local artist community and his works didn’t look like those later ones. You can see one of his works when he still was able to see as the last photo of this post. Then when he lost sight he lost everything. He became a disabled person whom nobody needed or cared about. He was in deep depression, and once he has got a call from his old friend, who tried to support the artist and offered to conduct an public exhibition of his old works. Of course he agreed. Then they had some time before the exhibition and Dmitri – that is the name of our hero – decided to try to draw something again to present at the ongoing exhibition, to show the world that he is still an artist, even with a missing sight. He called it “Even the longest way starts with a tiny step.”
At first he couldn’t draw anything that reminded the sane painting. But after hours of practice and persistance he managed to give a birth to his first painting of his new life. Now there are 250 new works, created after the accident in which he lost his sight, and some of them are highly recognized by critics and were bought for private collections of Russian and foreighn art lovers.

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Dmitri, the blind artist.

“When I see the works of Dmitri, I became ashamed of ourselves, how often do we complain, how often we say that life is not fair with us, and still we can see the world around us. But Dmitri can’t, and still he doesn’t complain, he works. Every his painting is a piece of the world he knew, he knows and he would know. We, proffesionals from art, don’t care that he can’t see – he still remains a proffesional artist for us. Of course, his style has been changed, but still he is a good colorist and stylist and we don’t make any discounts on his wound, when saying this.”, says Valentina Myzgina, the chief manager of Kharkov Art Museum.

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The example of Dmitri’s works before he lost his sight.

20 thoughts on “The Story of the Blind Artist”

  1. I didn’t get it.
    How can he paint if he is blind?
    How does he know the positions of his brush strokes, what colours he is using, etc?
    What was he “practising” when he couldn’t even see what he was doing?
    Who decides whether something is “right” or “wrong”?

    • First building a picture entirely in mind. Then setting key points and lines with something one could feel with fingers. probably. Colors are signed whith alphabet for blind. See, there is almost no mixing.
      The strange thing is he is using watercolor or something like that. If he used oil paints he could feel brush stokes long after water paints would dry up.
      Oh and that painting from back the time he could see. It’s plainly plain. Blindness unleashed graphical imagination. Amazing.

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  6. amazing, i am an artist too so it can be very depressing (end of the world)when u loose ur eye, my lecturers warn us all the time to take good care of our eye u know. this guy see things in his minds eye and so u will be able to tell or know where the compositions of the picture was when u want to make a painting. need to practice hard to gain that kind of skill. in some lesson in my class we was made to draw with blindfolded eye, at first we had scattered images but after tremendous effort many of us was able to draw or paint in a right compositions kinda like the artist here. but the artist is way better than us, salute


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