ART OPENING: “The Iconic Portrait Strand by Nestor Topchy”

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ART OPENING: “The Iconic Portrait Strand by Nestor Topchy”

August 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


ON VIEW THRU JANUARY 21, 2024: This exhibition presents more than 100 portraits made over the past 20 years by Houston-based artist Nestor Topchy. The small paintings, with their gold backgrounds, resemble Byzantine icons; however, rather than representing religious figures, Topchy depicts friends and colleagues in the art community. His materials are traditional, and he applies red clay, powdered marble, gold leaf, pure pigments, and egg yolk on small wooden panels. The artist has explained that his approach connects the past to the present and lends a unique effect to his contemporary subjects: “To paint a mortal in the sea of gold light, alone—is to propose a saintliness that dwells within all people.”

Topchy has worked in Texas for more than 30 years. Known for his use of diverse mediums and attention to craft, his art explores the mystery of the ephemeral through sculpture, painting, performance, and architecture and is deeply influenced by Zen philosophy, Ukrainian folk art, sacred geometry, and the historical language of the Dada art movement. Learn more at


August 3, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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