GaBo Kussаinov are twin sisters from Kazakhstan, Galia and Bota.
The sisters, who are deaf since infancy, have been proving throughout their life that deafness is no obstacle to creative people. Galia and Bota have been drawing since they were three years old, and their parents were encouraging them, understanding that for their special children painting could be the best way of expression in this world.
"One artist in two persons" – is what an art critic Bayan Barmankulova called this art. Galia and Bota are twin sisters, and almost all their pictures are the fruit of their joint work that they sign as GaBo, their alias. Each of them has her own, special creative style, but it does not get in the way; vice versa it helps in the sisters’ painting pictures in four hands. They create picturesque graphic pieces on tapestry, batik, ceramics, in embroidery, applique, installations in mixed technique - gouache, pastel, watercolors, gold and silver foil, which makes them more individual and unique.
About GaBo sisters...
When the sisters transform into GaBo, in them awakens a cheerful, enthusiastic, kindly ironic and mischievous creature that is fond of fairy tales, parables, legends, love stories, - says Bayan Barmankulova. - Their work is an outpour of senses and perceptions that delights you by a simple, childlike manner of expression. Their works exude genuine sincerity and joy, which is so important in art.
Our work is one and indivisible, the artists say. Creating our paintings, we do not meddle but complement each other.
Of course, creative differences happen, as Galia loves to paint nature scenes, wildlife, and Bota - bouquets in vases and fruits in bizarre combinations. However, their differences are a quest for a single creative solution that they always manage to find. And they are equally skillful in art.
Gabo paintings are in the collections of the Kasteev State Art Museum in Kazakhstan, St. Petersburg Museum, in private collections in Kazakhstan, Russia, USA, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican, Canada, Egypt, Hungary and other countries. The artists are winners and laureates of national and international competitions and festivals, participants of more than 40 large-scale exhibitions all over the world. They have 17 solo and 59 group exhibitions on their record.