Fazil Iskander

russian and abkhaz writer, soviet and russian
novelist and poet

I've seen Diana Vouba's paintings at the exhibition as well as at the workshop. I am not a painter or a fine art expert; therefore, I estimate the painting as an ordinary spectator. I love her paintings. They are full of passion, inspiration, pain and Abkhazian colors.

I think art is able to imitate almost anything, but no one can ever hide the lack of inspiration, a sense of inner rightness as described by Osip Mandelstam. Diana Vouba's art is an inspired improvisation. But real improvisation, in my opinion, is only possible regarding the inner theme, which the artist is living through. It is only then that this improvisation shall not be converted into vociferous rhetoric. It is precisely the case here, and, therefore, Diana Vouba's paintings breathe of authenticity and give delight.
Natalia Kolodzei
Fine art expert, director of «Kolodzei Art Foundation», USA
Through color, shape, line, and space, freely manipulating the textures, Diana Vouba expresses her emotional and intuitive experiences associated with the concept of time, the knowledge of oneself and the world. In a continuous creative process, balancing on the verge of ideas and matter, the artist creates a line, on one side of which there is a subjective and on the other – an external.
On the one hand, her paintings are the remainingtraces of pure energy bursts, on the other - these are the ideas narrowed down to stereo chemical formula. Following the inner feelings, as an independent individual, her creativity materializes in color, texture, as well as in the ability of shape to invent and organize space, where all these elements begin to interact on the surface plane.
Alla Chernova
Fine art expert and dramatic theorist, costume historian, professor of the Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V. I. Surikov
Creative work of Diana Vouba is deep, serious and diverse. She is a master and a great human being, which is so important for the artist as the teacher of life. Diana is imbued with dignity and greatness of the smallest thing in the world, which is so touching and beautiful in the "Portraits of Flowers" series. Her flowers receive an unprecedented power and voice. Colossal Iris is like Vrubel's Demon. Calla lilies are like trumpets of Jericho, which are not only able to please the ear, but also destroy the fortress.

All these giant flowers bear a dream of the lost Paradise as well as the premonition of possible hellish turmoil. Irrespective of their shape complexity not a single work of hers shows though the insincerity, cold or false effects. But throughout all works there are: a smart beating heart, feeling of courage and kindness of a person, who has experienced a lot and worked hard. Love towards life's every moment and towards work shines thorough in her every work - work that is capable of stopping this moment, by capturing it, being happy or sad, but always perfect, because life is a blessing.