First of all he was seduced

by surrealism, then he left

this subjective logic to

become an instrument, a

witness and submitted 

himself to the rigours of a

profession which allowed

him to make what Aristotle

called  physeas mimesis    :

nature's reflection.

Cyril Vassiliev has depicted

his wanderings like a

documentalist dogged by

light, water, air and earth.

The architecture of St-

Petersbourg, of Paris, and of

Cerro Santa Lucia in

Santiago, the vegetation

and the spaces appear in

the fine texture of his


Witness, artisan,

apprentice, instrument : that

his how this painter of

immensities defines his

way to be an artist


Claudia Donoso