Vadim Boraev (Bora)
When most people walk into Vadim Bora's studio, they are amazed that one artist can create such a varied body of work. The North Ossetia native, from Russia's Caucasus Mountains, is simply unlimited in his ability to create in any media.
A virtuoso in graphite, ink, and charcoal, Bora expresses in only a few lines, the essence of figure and emotion. From interpretive portraits in oil to humorous caricatures, from monumental sculpture to interior decorative forms, Bora's work reflects the high standards found in classical and contemporary European techniques and traditions.
The artist imbues even his simple subjects with deep allegorical and philosophical meaning. Vadim Bora moved to the United States in 1993. He decided upon the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, similar in climate and atmosphere to his native North Ossetia. He opened his own studio-gallery in the bustling heart of downtown Asheville in 1998. Here he creates his master works, found in museums and private and corporate collections around the world. In the summer of 2002, the artist opened Vadim Bora Gallery, a showcase of classical and contemporary sculpture, painting, and works on paper. It is also located in downtown Asheville.