Blagorenko’s love of art percolated while growing up in Belarus, which was part of the former Soviet Union.
I took a lot of trips to St. Petersburg and Moscow and spent time in various museums in those cities,” Blagorenko said. “I had a lot of friends who were artists and I guess I have an artistic gene, so that was the combination that did it for me. That exposure gave me a push to go into art.”
“Oil gives me the ability to express myself,” he said. “I can use the colors to put life into shapes that I draw.”
Blagorenko is known for his landscapes, although he has done some portrait work.
“I think I’m drawn to landscapes because of the environment I grew up in,” he said. “We had a cottage where I would spend my summers. We would go fishing and have to hike through a thick forest to get to the lake.
“When I was there, it was just part of my life, but now I can realize how rich nature was for me,” he said. “That’s probably one of the reasons why I paint in the realistic style.”
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