Vadim Bora Collection
Mars Hill College, Weizenblatt Gallery
Jan. 17-Feb. 28
Opening Reception- Thursday, Jan. 17, 4-7pm
Lecture- Wednesday Feb. 6, 2pm.
Unlimited in his ability to create in any media, Master Sculptor and painter Vadim Bora leaves behind a legacy of commanding art, strength in community, and arts leadership in both his adopted American home of Asheville, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and his hometown of Vladikavkaz in Russia’s Caucasus. Vadim Bora created work – in public, private, and museum collections – that reflects the high standards found in classical and contemporary European techniques and traditions mixed with the vitality and independence of the New World, all translated through the prism of his rich fantasy, enormous talent and remarkable intellect.
Born in Beslan, Russia, in the Republic of North Ossetia, April 9, 1954, Vadim attended the Art Lycee and College of Art of Vladikavkaz, as well as the acclaimed St. Petersburg Academy of Art and became a young member of the Artists Union of Russia. He arrived in Asheville in 1993, later awarded permanent residency by the US government under the coveted status of “Person with Extraordinary Abilities.” (And in 2009 he elected to become a naturalized American Citizen.) In 1998 he opened Vadim Bora Gallery & Studio in downtown Asheville, fostering others artists’ careers by hosting local and international artist’s exhibitions, some from as far afoot as Mongolia, Russia, Georgia, Bosnia, Cuba, and Italy. He and his wife Constance ran a unique second-floor gallery overlooking one of Asheville’s busiest thoroughfares until his passing, as well as a second Vadim Bora Gallery in the Haywood Park Hotel (from 2001 to 2003).
Museums retaining Vadim Bora’s paintings and sculptures in their permanent collections are: the Ministry of Culture Collection, Moscow, Russia; North Ossetia Museum of Art, Vladikavkaz, Russia; the Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC; and the Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC. Corporate collections include: the BBC, London, England; The Financial Times, London, England. Other public and private commissions by the artist are located in: Charlotte, NC; Moscow, Russia; Berlin, Germany; Amsterdam, Holland; St. Louis, MO; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Fort Wayne, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; and Washington, D.C. His public works of art grace the streets, museums and institutions of Asheville, Fort Wayne, Kansas City, Atlanta, and Vladikavkaz, Russia.
Vadim’s last commission was the life-size bronze of “Cornelia and Cedric” on the famed Biltmore Estate, dedicated in September of 2010, resulting in many more significant commissions waiting in the wings. Indeed, Vadim had energy and ideas enough to last two lifetimes. “Cat Walk” on the Asheville Urban Trail, the veteran’s memorial sculpture “The Wings of Freedom” at the Asheville VA Medical Center, a crucifix at St. Mary’s Episcopal Parish, and a ten-piece sculpture grouping at the Reuters Mission Children’s Hospital showcase Vadim’s public artworks in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
He is sorely missed by family, friends, students, colleagues, and collectors who may take solace in Bora’s own words: “In the end, life is quite short. What you leave behind is your legacy, and for an artist — that is his soul poured onto canvas, sculpted into clay and stone.” Vadim Bora, (1954-2011)