Chaika was very interested in architecture and visual art and when he met a colleague who taught him how to work with molds in order to make plaster models, this inspired him to undertake such activities himself.
Especially after in 1997 he had an accident and recovered from being clinically dead, he wanted to realise his lifelong dream: to do something that others don’t do.
So in 2001 he began an art project that indeed only is undertaken by very few non-professionals: decorating the stairwell of the flat where he lives in a classical style ¹.
“My own style“, he says. The mostly in green or blue tones painted walls feature moldings, rosettes and pilasters. The stucco plaster is mostly golden painted. Oval frames contain mirrors or (photocopied) portraits of personalities from former centuries. Chaika added images of landscapes and there is a Mona Lisa. The ceilings display angels and the sun.
The garbage chute, a standard device in this flat (pictured below), has been transformed into a gilded column.
* Article in local newspaper Kiev-Segodnya (november 8, 2016)
* Video by Awakening Morality (1’12”, Youtube, uploaded november 12, 2016)
¹ This blog already documents just a few non-professionals who decorated their house in a classical style, i.e. Robert Burns and Dennis Nelems. Gary Bevans decorated the roof of the local church with a replica of the Sistine Chapel. All three are from the United Kingdom
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