Viktor Maryniuk is a legend of Odesa nonconformism.
He belongs to a group of artists who began their creative path at the same time as the destruction of the socialist realism canon. For three decades before, art in the Soviet Union was isolated from the world art process. It was this group in Odesa that overcame many years of isolation. It was these artists who absorbed and mastered the whole experience of the picturesque language of the twentieth century, coming through their own experience to emancipation of artistic form, color, spots, line, construction, dynamics. It was they who created the updated, modern version of Odesa 'South Russian' school.
They were cramped within the aesthetics of 'permissible' in the USSR, which is why they united in an informal club, organized apartment exhibitions, communicated with like-minded people who came from abroad, printed their works in samizdat and diaspora editions, and were under constant supervision of KGB who was afraid of everything independent and out of control.
The artists themselves repeatedly insisted that they did not consider themselves dissidents, that their purpose was creative freedom, not limited to the doctrinal attitudes of the Communist Party.
Viktor Maryniuk's range — from the early expressive experiments are consistent with the 'severe style' in the early sixties to the lyrical-geometric abstraction, organically combined with conditional linearity.