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Mural Fest: A husband-wife duo bond through art | Lifestyles

Key Detail, a husband-wife duo from Belarus, traveled to Geneseo to create a large, colorful mural as part of the LivCo Walls mural festival.

Key Detail – otherwise known as Andrei Krautsou and Julia Yu-Baba – travels with their two children, Max and Andy.

Krautsou and Yu-Baba met at university, where they both studied architecture. After graduating, they both worked at Project Architects for over eight years designing commercial and residential buildings.

“This experience is invaluable. Our knowledge allows us to respond creatively and uniquely to site-specific design challenges. On the other hand, our profession as muralists now allows us to travel and see architecture from all over the world,” said Krautsou.

Krautsou remembers always being interested in art, even in his youth. In the early 2000s, he began working in mural art, hoping to focus on the idea of ​​”public spaces” and seeking more creativity and artistic freedom.

Yu-Baba said that although she always supported Krautsou in her work, it was only after she left Belarus and started participating in other art festivals across Europe that she became is more directly involved.

“Back then, there was a very small street art community and it was fascinating to take a step into the history of Belarusian street art,” Yu-Baba said.

In Germany, there was a festival in which a hundred artists transformed a large disused factory into an “art museum” in a week.

“Hundreds of walls and thousands of cans of spray paint. The atmosphere was very creative. I was just drawing in my sketchbook. Many artists have asked me why I don’t take the opportunity to paint on the wall. All encouraged me to try. I did it. I remember my emotions and my heartbeat. A new chapter in my life was opened that day,” Yu-Baba said.

Both Krautsou and Yu-Baba believe that their skills and experiences give them both the freedom to create professionally. Although they both prefer using spray paint, they enjoy the challenge of various mediums or environments.

One of Krautsou’s favorite ways to create art is to experiment with different painting techniques and explore the diversity of themes within his own established mythology, a magical world where he believes viewers can s ‘escape.

“I avoid focusing on a single character, preferring to do a wide variety of diverse concepts. My inspiration comes from traveling around the world and learning about different cultures and legends,” Krautsou said.

Yu-Baba’s art style is all about depicting the energy, confidence and beauty of women. She said her style involved magical, dreamlike themes with mysterious, pensive female faces.

Krautsou and Yu-Baba enjoy traveling the world and meeting new people when creating their murals.

Yu-Baba said that while it can be difficult to remember all the details related to the process every time, the most valuable part of every project is the people they meet.

“I like the unpredictability of our life when one day we can receive an email with an incredible project proposal on the other side of the world. You pack up and fly somewhere you’ve never been,” Krautsou said.

Key Detail discovered LivCo Walls through the open appeal process. Yu-Baba said they applied with great enthusiasm as they had never been to this area before.

“It’s so great that the projects allow us to meet people, travel and see the beauty of our world,” Yu-Baba said.

Key Detail is excited to share their concept for the Geneseo wall with the community. They want the mural to highlight the importance of education in the village’s history as well as the knowledge and wisdom within institutions such as local libraries and the college.

Waterfalls from books are meant to be a metaphor for the source of knowledge that can come from books and learning.

There’s also a reference to the iconic Main Street fountain that displays a bear named Emmeline.

There are also plenty of plants in the mural, a nod to Geneseo’s agricultural industry and the white oaks and famous large tree that grew on the bank of the Genesee River, according to the duo.

They both said that public art is very important to the community, both in the art itself and in its ability to attract visitors.

Krautsou and Yu-Baba said public art makes a community stronger and more cohesive. They said it teaches younger generations that creating art can be a magical and interesting process.

They believe that by painting their artwork, the duo can create an environment in which any individual will feel welcomed and valued.

Their goal is to inspire those who view their work to look more closely at the world around them and discover its beauty.

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