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Spiritual and profane: ‘Men by Sergei’

New art exhibit examines the male figure


Russian-born Lansing artist Sergei Kvitko is somewhat of a creative journeyman.

His credentials include being a trained pianist, recording engineer, producer, composer, church organist and photographer.

As a pianist, Kvitko has embarked on sprawling solo tours, including gigs at Carnegie Hall. He composed the incidental music for Steven Dietz’s production of “Dracula,” which was noted by our own Lawrence Cosentino for its “insane level of sophistication and care.”

His work behind the recording booth has received just as much as praise as when he mans the black and white keys. Kvitko has over a dozen production credits to his name, many of which have drawn attention and praise from several international music publications.

Though primarily known for his prodigal music career, this exhibit displays Kvitko the photographer, not the musician.

His photography centers around the male figure, offering a visual of the finer definitions of a man’s body. Certain aspects of the shots can’t help but remind one of the work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Kvitko’s photography has been previously exhibited by shows in Seattle, Detroit and Rochester, New York, and now its taking residence at Lansing’s own Casa de Rosado art gallery.

“Combining my passion for photography and admiration of the fine male form, I attempt to capture in the most artistic way, all that the body has to offer — the beautiful and mundane, the graceful and the dirty, the spiritual and the profane,” Kvitko says in his artist’s statement.

“Men by Sergei” opened last weekend to a strong reception, sponsored by Lansing LGBTQIA social media organizers Suits and the City. Visitors can continue to view Kvitko’s work through April 8. Because of the incorporation of classical nudity, it is advised that attendees be 18-years-old or above.

“Men by Sergei” Casa de Rosado

204 E. Mt. Hope Road, Lansing Through April 8 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Free (517) 402-0282


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