Michael Cheval was born in 1966 in Kotelnikovo, a small town in southern Russia. He grew up among paints and brushes, canvases and easels.
His grandfather, a professional artist and sculptor, developed Michael’s love for drawing in his early childhood. A three-year-old boy, he could already draw complex multi-figured compositions, illustrating his fantasies and impressions.
It can be said that the study of cultures of different countries greatly influenced his work. Germany instilled a love of magnificent and mystical castles, Turkmenistan eastern philosophy, Russia a breadth of soul, the United States the art of Western culture. Mikhail Khokhlachev creates real modern masterpieces of painting. Surrealism of the artist is clear and transparent, some works are saturated with irony, others with a certain symbolism.
In his definition, “absurdity” is an inverted side or reality, a reverse side of logic. It does not emerge from the dreams of surrealists, or the work of subconsciousness. It is a game of imagination, where all ties are carefully chosen to construct a literary plot. Any one of Cheval’s paintings is a map of his journey into illusion. His work is often metaphorical and requires a sharp eye to decipher the often hidden allusions.