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Sergey Smirnov, Contemporary Russian Painter 1


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Smirnov was born in 1953, in an area of Russia bordering the Pacific Ocean known as the Kamchatka Peninsula. His father was an army officer who moved his family from base to base throughout Russia. In his late teen years, Smirnov and his family settled in Moscow, where he went to work for the Ministry of Agriculture. In 1979, Smirnov began to take classes at the Moscow City Art College. He graduated from the art college in 1983 as class valedictorian, with a master's degree in art. His remarkable skill in church and cathedral renovation, led to a prestigious position as a restorer of aging and antique church icons and frescoes. Two years later, he began painting icons "a long-standing tradition among Russia's artists" and his work now graces several major churches throughout the country.

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  • 2. With the passing of Sergey Smirnov on November 8th 2006, at the age of 53, Russia lost one of its greatest contemporary artists and a true visionary. Smirnov was proud of his heritage. His refined portraits honor and celebrate the great men and women who have influenced Russian history and culture. His painting style combines the ancient tenants of traditional icon painters and the 17th Century “Parsuna.” Soft candle light tones make his art uniquely Russian in technique and concept. Smrinov’s images are a wonderful bridge between the past and the present, yet are thoroughly modern and contemporary in execution. In looking at his art, one can easily appreciate that Smirnov ranks Gustav Klimt, the Austrian painter whose images were a cornerstone of the art nouveau movement, as an important influence. He also cites Modigliani and Rembrandt as major influences, as well as Andrei Rublev and Pheophan Grek, who were celebrated masters of Slavic icon painting. Smirnov’s style has echoes of his favorite period of Russian art, known as “parsuna”, which bridged the worlds of religious and personal portraiture, as Russian painters began adopting the portrait painting styles of Western European salons. “Parsuna”, which is derived from the Latin persona, means mask, and the hybrid imagery, first used in the 17th century, re-mains in play to this day in the art of Sergey Smirnov.
  • 3. Geisha in Red
  • 4. To Flight Venice Channel
  • 5. Morning Ceremony
  • 6. Scheherazade Fragrance of Rose
  • 7. Homage to Chagall 2006 Homage to Picasso 2001
  • 8. Gifts of Fall Favorite Toy
  • 9. Gifts Blue Flowers
  • 10. Mirror Temptation Ukulele
  • 11. Boy with Hoop Harlequin Tale
  • 12. Conversation in Blue Frosty Morning
  • 13. Meeting Music of the Night
  • 14. Expectation Lady With Fan
  • 15. Autumn Proud Alone
  • 16. Golden day Butterfly
  • 17. Early Days of Spring Remembering Fall
  • 18. Golden bird Moonrise
  • 19. Lilies of the ValleyLark, 2002
  • 20. Sheltered II Improvisation
  • 21. Meeting the Unicorn Flight
  • 22. Towards Evening Walk
  • 23. Dreams Fate
  • 24. Toy Ship Tower
  • 25. Walk under the Moon Young Bather
  • 26. Fairy Bird Alley
  • 27. Girlfriends Sheltered
  • 28. Conversation in Green Conversation in Red
  • 29. From Child’s Album By the Lake
  • 30. Clown Blue Holiday
  • 31. Dream Eva
  • 32. Bells From Child’s Album II
  • 33. From Child’s Album IV From Child’s Album III
  • 34. Tamara Girl and Flower
  • 35. Tapestry of the Hunt Hunting Scene
  • 36. Reflection II Reflection
  • 37. Touch Unicorn
  • 38. White Angel Young Duke
  • 39. Sound: 'Oy, Da Ne Vecher' (Oh, It Is Not Yet Evening) sung by Pelageya Sergeevna Efimova Text and pictures: Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foi oreanuş