Anton Nichiporuk belongs to the younger generation of Belarusian sculptors. In 2015 he graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, started to participate in exhibitions in 2016, when entered the creative group Concept/Art/Confession headed by Oleg Shobin. In the exhibition projects "Reconstruction" and "Reconstruction No. I", presented by the C/A/C group in Moscow, several Chinese cities and Minsk, Nichiporuk made a range of sculptures-objects. It was the first significant work of the artist, which revealed his creative giftedness and originality of thought.
The series "Space Child" (2018) was created by the author after withdrawing from the C/A/C group and starting independent activity. He turned to small-scale sculpture. This type of sculptural art is traditionally used for the organization of interior space. Unlike works of applied and decorative art, sculpture not only adorns the environment of human life activity, emotionally enriches it, but also fills it with a deep figurative and ideological content. This work, according to Anton’s words, became the beginning of his intensive formation as a creative personality.
Nichiporuk’s sculptural compositions are dedicated to the theme of a Human in the Space of life, to human birth, formation, feelings, desires, suffering and joy. "A human is a closed book", — the artist says. How to penetrate into his or her internal world, how to capture the moment, when a person opens toward his or her life and destiny? In the composition "Insight" Anton, using figurative means of sculpture, literally opens this "Book" - cuts the torso of the figure. The golden light, coming from its depth, amplifies the emotional sounding of the image, imparts a symbolic sense to it.
Similar methods are used in other works — "Guardian", "Apollo" and "Metamorphosis". The composition "Confluence" is a plastic metaphor, which embodies the artist’s thoughts about a human nature. A human is made of contradictions. There is a strange interlacing of the desire to be happy, hope and despair, good and evil in human nature. The author shares his emotions and thoughts by persuasively positioning the figure in space, conveying its movement, pose, gesture, performing light-and-shade modelling, which uncovers the relief and expression of the form. The sculpture "Apollo", in spite of its miniature dimensions, evokes associations with works of distant and perfect classic art — powerful torsos of heroes of the antiquity and Renaissance era. This work represents a melancholic perception of an elusive form, of a disappearing beauty and at the same time the desire to protect, to revive this beauty. In fact, the artist’s creative activity is marked by searches of harmony and beauty, based on great traditions of the past, which are certainly understood and interpreted by the artist from a present-day perspective.
The search for an individual plastic language, personal style and one’s own self in art continued in other works. The series "Genesis" (2018) is a defining evolutionary phase in the sculptor’s life and art. "It's a story about myself", — says the author. Here the most important thing is the author’s emotional state and his ability to convey this state to the viewer by means of the form, colour, light and shade. Anton interprets the creative concept "of showing the artist’s emotions rather than the material outside world", aspiration to express the life of a soul, proposed by expressionists at the beginning of the XX century, in a persuasive and contemporary manner. Eroticism and specific mysticism of his sculptural compositions "Adamas", "Distortion", "Nodus", "Relict" are based on the tradition of expressionism: ecstatic turnings of torsos, twisted arms and legs, the tangle of male and female bodies form the world splitting into strange fragments, exciting the viewers' fantasy and feelings. These works demonstrate the author’s program task: to set the fixation of modern society on the material aspect of life against some spiritual and emotional energy, which can transform a human being.
The works from the series "Animalium" (2018) are mainly aimed at experimenting with the form, searching for the limits of its maximum generalization, which opens the way for multiple interpretations of the artistic image. It is not animalism in the classical sense of the word with its naturalistic attention to details. The artist dives into the ancient world, the world of animals. He sees the surrounding reality through the eyes of these mythological dragons, prehistoric mammoths, rhinoceroses. This aspect of his creative view provides the author with new artistic impressions and forms. According to Anton: "The aim of each sculpture is the creation of a volume, existing simultaneously as abstract geometry and as a specific image-symbol".
The series "Viatores" (2020 — 2021) is the author’s new work, which he is going to continue in future. Its content and style are close to the genre of "fantasy", which is currently popular in fine arts, literature and cinema. The author becomes absorbed in the world, where the imaginary and the real coexist, creates his own mythology. His characters are wanderers, travelling in time and space, proud winners. However, these are not just some flights of fancy, some dreams of the artist about a noble superhero. These are plastic allegories possessing a deeper and more ambiguous, warning sense. The composition "Saga about a dragon" presents strange transformations of a figure — hands of the hero, who killed the dragon, are turning into dragon wings, threateningly shooting upwards. Anton has already worked on the eternal theme of the fight between good and evil, overcoming the evil, but now the idea of the dualism of the world and human nature, comprising the divine and the demonic, acquired more perfect plastic expression. Only coping with hardships on his way a hero can change and gain spiritual power — "Heavenly guardian", "Huntsman", "Enigma".
Anton prefers bronze as a material for his sculptures. Bronze is elegant and plastic, the beauty of the material itself brings a certain spiritual meaning, while different techniques of polishing and toning allow achieving a complex polychromy and exquisite aesthetic qualities, which is very important for the plastic art of sculpture. Another characteristic feature of the artist’s creative thought is reticence and laconic brevity in a detailed elaboration of works, purity of the form. He believes that excessive verbalism and narrative details are enemies of expressiveness and integrity of sculptural images.
PhD in Art History