Metaphorical Works: Oil Paintings


Michael Rogatchi is the one of most notable contemporary European masters who are working in a rare genre of ‘metaphorical expressionism’. His works in this special direction of contemporary art has been critically acclaimed since the beginning of his artistic career when art critics have noticed that he ‘has came to the international art avant-scene as already formed master whose world is full with extra-ordinary metaphors in virtually every work he creates’ ( Dr.Julia Weiner, London ). Having his scientific background and encyclopaedic education on many parts of human activities, including history, literature, music, and, atypically for many artists a whole spectrum of natural sciences, and also medicine and history of science, Michael possesses special intellectual background that feeds his creativeness in sophisticated and often unexpected way. 

Michael’s metaphorical art stimulates his viewers’ perception while leaving it up to them to interpret the artist’s metaphors. Michael believes that his viewers are entitled to their own of his intellectual messages. “I respect my audience, and would like to provide each of my viewers with a possibility ‘to read’ a small novel coming from the canvases created in this direction, in their own individual ways’.  

Michael Rogatchi was dubbed by some of the art experts as ‘painting philosopher’ ( Tarja Paasi, Helsinki). He himself regards his metaphorical works rather as ‘intellectual quest expressed in artistic way’ which the artist believes is ‘truly interesting way of creation because it leaves one with an oxygen of intellectual freedom’. Michael was especially interested in exploring the field of metaphorical expressionism in a decade between early 1990s and early 2000s which is known in the artistic chronology of his career as Metaphorical Expressionism Period.  But sometimes, the artist returns to his creative origins at the later stages, including some very interesting and special works in this genre created by him in mid-2010s. 

Practically all of Michael’s metaphorical works has been exhibited extremely successfully internationally, at numerous exhibitions. Quite many of these works belong to leading museums in London, New York and Washington DC and to many notable private collections in France, Austria, the UK, Sweden, Finland, Italy, and Russia. 

Michael’s metaphorical works are fully featured in Shadows of the White art album ( 2003)  with long essay by the artist. Those who might be interested in acquiring this special art album are welcome to consult Art Books page on this site and contact us via Contacts page on this site.

Clean Page. Oil on canvas. 100 x 84 cm. 1994.
Rosinante’s Dream. Oil on canvas. 88 x 72 cm. 1998.
“Poor Yorick!” Homage to Marcello Mastroianni. Oil on canvas. 68 x 60 cm. 1996.
Finita de la Comedia?.. Oil on canvas, paper, Indian Ink. 70 x 50 cm. 1991. Private collection. Spain -Finland.
Abduction of Europa. Oil on canvas. 69 x 52 cm. 1996.
July 29th. Homage to van Gogh. 77 x 61 cm. 1993. Private collection. Finland
The Dream. Oil on canvas. 68 x 98 cm. 1992. Private collection, Finland.
Dreaming on Eden. Oil on canvas. 72 x 62 cm. 1993. Private collection, Stockholm, Sweden. 
Homo Vitruvius: XX Century. Oil on canvas. 45 x 95 cm. 1993. Private Collection, UK. 
1953. Oil on canvas. 80 x 60 cm. 2003.
A Smile of a Cat. Oil on canvas, paper. 62 x 72. 1993. Private collection, Finland.
Reminiscence. Homage to van Gogh. Oil on canvas. 41 x 36 cm. 1994.
The Wheel of Fortune. Oil on canvas. 70 x 50 cm. 1994.
Casanova Walk I. Oil on canvas. 60 x 66 cm. 1998. On a long-term loan, London, UK.
Portrait of the Tree. Oil on canvas. 70 x 50 cm. 1994. The Rogatchi Art Collection. 
Days and Nights of Pygmalion. Oil on canvas. 80 x 66 cm. 1995.
Tired Mirror. Oil on canvas. 46 x 38 cm. 1996. Private collection. St Petersburg, Russia.
Eve of Spring. Oil on canvas. 64 x 50 cm. Private collection, Finland. 
Temptation. Oil on canvas. 60 x 66 cm. 1993.
Tree of Hope. Oil on canvas. 80 x 70 cm. 2000. Private collection, Finland. 
Columbine’s Dream. Oil on canvas. 66 x 60 cm. 1996.
Portrait of a Man. Oil on canvas. 55 x 46 cm. 1996.
Casanova’s Walks III. Oil on canvas. 60 x 52 cm. 1998. 
Capriccio Triptych. Central Part. Oil on canvas. 74 x 110 cm. 1993.
Capriccio triptych. Oil on canvas. 74 x 214 cm. 1993.
Capriccio triptych. Left part. Oil on canvas. 74 x 50 cm. 1993.
Capriccio triptych. Right part. Oil on canvas. 74 x 50 cm.  1993.
Venice Dream. Oil on canvas. 81 x 65 cm. Private collection, Paris,  France. 
Backstage. Tribute to actor Juhan Viiding. Oil on canvas. 70 x 40 cm. 1995. 
Origination of Life. Oil on canvas. 46 x 55 cm. 1993. Private collection, Finland.
White on White. Memory Sketch. Oil on canvas. 58 x 50 cm. 1996. Private collection, Finland. 
A Blow of the Sword. Oil on canvas. 64 x 94 cm. 1993. 
“Welcome to the Hotel California”. Oil on canvas. 76 x 68 cm. Private collection, Moscow, Russia.
Shattered Generation. Tribute to Vladimir Bukovsky. Indian Ink, oil pastels on black cardboard. 73 x 52 cm. 1991. The Rogatchi Art Collection. 
Year 1953. Oil on canvas. 36 x 110 cm. 1993. Permanent Art Collection, The Laogai Museum, Washington D.C., USA.
Cognition. Oil on canvas, 67 x 50 cm. 1991. The Rogatchi Art Collection.
Game for One. Oil on canvas. 78 x 50 cm. 1995.
The Third Eye. Oil on canvas, Indian ink,cotton paper. 73 x 52 cm. 1991. Private collection, Finland.
Earth Mediation. Oil on canvas. 70 x 92 cm. 1994. Private collection, Finland.