It's Not Milk

This series is an exploration of the modern gaze; of ambiguous figurative paintings that are revealed and transformed within the act of the individuals' views. These portraits are not an attempt to render physical characteristics  but rather create a language of underlying sexual subtexts. Using ambiguity as a tool demands the viewer's exploration of their psyches and provokes self awareness.
To have a painting that can exist as an alluring object and shift into an eroticized figure disarms and naturalizes the modern gaze; decriminalizing sex in art. Whether an individual sexualizes the figure, or becomes embarrassed and nervous by the mere suggestion, this is all a process which occurs independently from the painting. Breaking down barriers of the different modes in which the body can exist in social spheres and contemporary art.

Bio
Ivan Alifan
August 1989
Rostov on Don, Russia

Education
B.F.A. Drawing & Painting, OCADU University. 2013
Toronto,Ontario
OCAD University off campus studies. Florence, Italy                                                                                                                                                                      
Accomplishments:

2013:
Mercedes Benz Financial Services Award
"Untapped" Immerging Artist Project Award
Nora E. Vaughan Award
OCADU Grad Ex Medal Award Winner

2012:
Hermitage Museum grant workshop in St.Petersburg Russia.

Exhibitions:

2015:
"New Blood", The Unit Gallery, London, UK , April

2014:
Group show ,Youn, Quebec, CA, December
Internation Art Fair Toronto,Canada, October
"Stranger than Fiction" Jonathen Levine Gallery, New York , August
"The anniversary" , The Unit Gallery, London, UK, August
"7 Sins", The Unit Gallery, London, UK , April

2013:
Face to Face, Edwards Day Gallery, Toronto, ON
Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
Artist Project, Toronto , February
Annual Graduate Exhibition, OCADU, Toronto, ON

2012:
Red-Dot Miami Art Show
Hermitage Museum student show, St. Petersburg Russia
Art Expo, Toronto, April
Art Expo, New York, March
Bronze Frog Gallery, Oakville, November

2011
OCAD University Florence Campus, "Vestiges". Florence, Italy
Art Expo, New York , March
Bronze Frog Gallery, Oakville, November

Publication:

New American Paintings issue 110
Le Petit Voyer issue 3