Sochi, st. Voikova, Seaport
The first exhibition of this level in the region, RAFAF, was successfully held in the historical seaport of Sochi in September 2019: it was visited not only by Sochi residents, but also by city guests, including collectors and customers from Moscow.


RAFAF’s mission is to continue to acquaint artists, art historians, collectors, critics, dealers,
media representatives with selected world-class works of art, including Russia, in the context of the latest news from the world art market. Its additional goal is to revitalize the cultural space of the city, setting the world level of exhibition activity.


Cultural program

Helmut Koller (b. 1954) is an artist and photographer of Austrian descent, well known for his colorful, bold and festive paintings of animals that are collected around the world. After Koller completed his training as a photographer, he became an official photographer of the Vienna State Opera, capturing legends such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Leonard Bernstein and Rudolf Nureyev. After moving to America, since 1987, along with his first series of paintings, “Tribute to Egon Schiele,” Koller switched from photography to painting. Starting with highly expressive and erotic art inspired by Egon Schiele, in 1997 he moved on to subjects of his choice: vibrant and hyper-realistic animals.

Koller’s style, Kollerism, is defined as a realistic representation of the form and abstraction of colors.

These symbolic and surreal animal portraits are chosen by bold collectors around the world (in Asia, Europe and America) because they are attracted by this transgressive and strong spirit, which comes from a mixture of natural beauty, cultural significance attributed to the particular animal depicted and a very subjective choice of colors selected by the artist; his personal shows were recently released at the Fritz Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida (January 2019), at the Barbara von Stekhov Gallery in Frankfurt (May 2019), Monte Carlo, Sochi (September 2019) and at the gallery her Four Forty Four in San Francisco (December 2019).

In December 2019, Miami Art Summit presented Helmut Kohler with the Gritdaily Award (in the Emerging Artist of the Year nomination).

The art of the Pre-Raphaelites. No wonder English landscape painting of the second half of the nineteenth century went down in the history of art: it was here that the first Art Nouveau movement in the world seethed – the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Founded in 1848, the “Brotherhood of the Pre-Raphaelites” can rightfully be considered the first vanguard movement in Europe.
The elaborate manner of writing, wide strokes of paint, applied with the help of hard brushes, deliberately imitate the Venetian painting of the 16th century and, in particular, the technique of Titian and Veronese.
The attitude of the Pre-Raphaelites to nature is one of the most important aspects of this movement from the point of view. John Ruskin’s call to “turn to nature with all one’s heart and go hand in hand trustingly and industriously had a great influence on the Pre-Raphaelites. Young members of the“ Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ”, such as Henry Moore, John Brett, Montague Dawson, Charles Napier Amy, Charles Parsons Knight William Pye and Gary Van der Weyden eagerly studied Ruskin’s writings on Turner’s legacy.
Their own style is a unique synthesis of plein air painting and their own experience of navigation. Many of them from the early childhood went to sea, and later devoted their life to marine painting. And what does a marine landscape painter need to create an incredible seascape, in addition to excellently delivered equipment? Of course, to love the sea and be able to capture it at various times.

Chinese painting not only strives for harmony and integrity (but also for the perfection of the image technique). An incredibly complex technique of painting: the use of special absorbent paper, ink was made from charcoal with animal fat, and brushes from bamboo and wool of different animals, depending on the softness or hardness of which the strokes of different saturation are obtained. This technique is extremely complex, as many shades from deep black to silver gray can be created with one stroke. Once put on paper, the stroke cannot be changed or corrected, which requires incredible concentration and many years of training.

Graphic work. The exhibition also featured works by world-famous artists: Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso.

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