I am a figurative painter and (most recently) an abstract sculptor. I am also an instructor of painting and drawing and consider that portion of my activity no less important and no less creative than the part of my practice devoted to making art.
I began teaching while still a student at the I.E. Repin Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia, a school with a 250 year tradition of academic figurative art. As a teaching assistant I participated in the organization of student exhibitions and conducted short pose drawing classes on a weekly basis, assisting prospective students in preparation for the rigorous entrance exams for the Academy. Since having returned to New York, I teach constructive anatomy and figure drawing at the Bridgeview School of Fine Arts. I have also taken part in open panel discussions on figurative art in the Grand Central Academy in New York. My role as a visiting teaching instructor in many atelier schools dedicated to working in representational art is one that particularly interests me as it allows for the interaction with people who are searching something in their work, be it technical knowledge or conceptual development.
I believe that as an instructor, one must aim to bring across to the student that only in internalizing the broadest possible collection of examples from the history of art, the artist is able to develop the limits in which to create. As an instructor my goal is to isolate the principles that have shaped our perception of the world and collective artistic output and carry them over to the student. Following the traditions of the Russian academic school, my teaching relies on a firm footing in the human figure, anatomy, and perspective. Emphasis is placed on searching for the correlation between the 3- dimensional representation of forms and the 2-dimensional decorative elements that make up the surface of the painting or drawing. Studying the principles of value, color, and composition students are meant to traverse various media and methods to be able to interpret the world around them in a manner that suits their temperament and vision.
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Figure Drawing and Anatomy, Menorca Pulsar, Menorca,Spain, April 2017
Artist Residency, July 1- June 29, 2015 Dacia Gallery, Sibiu, Romania
Russian Academic Figure Drawing, March 23-27, 2015 Florence Academy, Florence, Italy
Artist Residency- Figure Painting Intensive , February 16-27, 2015 Dacia Gallery, New York, New York
Painting the Portrait in Oil, January 12-16, 2015 Sadie Valeri Atelier, San Francisco, California
Portrait Drawing, December, 2014 Academy of Realist Art Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
Painting in the Russian Tradition, October 17-19, 2014 Southern Atelier, Sarasota, Florida
Artist Residency- Painting Intensive , August 18-29, 2014 Dacia Gallery, New York, New York
Artist Residency, May 1- July 12, 2014 Dacia Gallery, Sibiu, Romania
Reinventing the Figure, July 18-20, 2014 Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles, California
Lectures and Demonstrations
Constructing the Nude Figure, Lecture and Demonstration to the Illustration and Game Design Departments, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida
Examining the Russian Academic Tradition, April 30th Grand Central Academy of Art, New York, NY Panel Discussion with Jacob Collins, James Sondow, and Iliya Mirochnik