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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blind Artist Stays True to Talent

In 1990 almost 700 artworks by Dmitry Didorenko, then aged 22, had been in private collections and shown around the world. That was before the artist from Kharkov lost his sight in an accidental explosion while searching for World War II artifacts.

Remarkably, Didorenko's art has only blossomed. Though without eyesight, his hand continues to be guided by what has been called an "inner sun," and he is widely recognized for his vibrant, lively landscape watercolors.

His first work after the accident was titled "The longest way begins with the first step." He has since traveled far, and some of the many theme-based series he has produced (such as "Yesenin," "Golden Moscow" and "Wishes" ) are now on display at the Central House of Artists.

"The most important thing was that he was a professional before the tragic event and has remained one," writes art critic Valentina Myzgin. "His creative style has changed, but he has remained a consummate colorist and stylist."

"Only the eye of the Wise finds the window that light never abandons," the artist writes in the annotation to "Old Traditions." Didorenko has undoubtedly found his spot in the sun.

The exhibit of Dmitry Didorenko's work runs until Aug. 30 at 10 Krimsky Val. M. Park Kultury, Oktyabrskaya. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Mon. 238-9634/1245.