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Bright artist Leonid Afremov

Bright artist Leonid Afremov

Bright artist Leonid Afremov


Leonid Afremov is an impressionist painter. He is one of the most recognizable contemporary artists. He developed his own unique style, which cannot be confused with that of any other artist. His style is unique and simple. Leonid uses knife instead of a brush. The artist likes to travel. He paints landscapes, city scenes, seascapes, flowers and portraits. Afremov’s paintings are full of optimism, passion and incredible energy.
Leonid was born on July 12, 1955 in Vitebsk (Belarus, USSR). The artist was born in the same town as Marc Chagall, who later had a significant influence on his work. Leonid was a good student, was fond of history and fine art, collected stamps and listened to the Beatles. His father was a shoe designer and manufacturer and his mother worked at a metallurgical plant.
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Natalia Goncharova, Avant-garde artist

Natalia Goncharova. Self-portrait with yellow lilies.

Natalia Goncharova. Self-portrait with yellow lilies.

Natalia Goncharova was the famous Russian avant-garde painter, set designer and graphic artist. She made a significant contribution to the development of the Russian avant-garde art. Natalia was a distant relative of Russian writer Alexander Pushkin’s wife Natalia Nikolaevna (nee Goncharova).
Her paintings are more expensive than the works of any other female artist in history.
Natalia was born on August 16, 1881 in Tula region into a family of an architect. In 1891 (according to other sources in 1892), her family moved to Moscow.
Inspired by art, Goncharova entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where she studied from 1901 to 1909. There she met Mikhail Larionov, who later became her husband. They participated in various Russian and European exhibitions. Goncharova and Larionov were influenced by Cubism and Futurism, and developed their own style – Rayonism.
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Unusual jewelry by Boris Kolesnikov

Brooch Cat

Unusual jewelry by Boris Kolesnikov. Brooch – Cat looking out of the window

Stores have an extensive choice of various rings, necklaces, earrings, pins, cufflinks, brooches and other expensive jewelry. But each of us wants to be original and different from anyone else. So jewelers try to make bright, exclusive and unusual jewelry!
Artist and jeweler, Boris Kolesnikov, a member of the Union of Artists of Russia (since 1998), is an author of unusual gold and silver jewelry.
Boris was born in 1970 in Yaroslavl. In 1993 he graduated from art school. His first works were exhibited at the most prestigious contemporary jewelry art exhibition in Moscow (Museum of Applied Arts). Since then he is a permanent participant of Russian and international jewelry and enamel art exhibitions. The artist is interested in beauty and simplicity of nature.
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Winter Tale by Victor Tsyganov

Winter Tale by Victor Tsyganov

Winter Tale by Victor Tsyganov

I don’t know much about the artist. His name is Victor Tsyganov. He was born in 1938. Now Victor lives in the city of Tiraspol. For a long time he was engaged in oil painting and pastel painting and now became interested in computer graphics.
I really like these pictures. They are bright, childish, naive and fill the soul with light and warmth. It seems that you are in a beautiful fairy tale.
Winter is a beautiful season when the whole world seems to go to sleep. Trees and ground are covered with wonderful sparkling snow. Winter is a time for miracles and magic. It is associated with snow, tangerines, gifts, Christmas tree, holidays and joy.
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Pavel Filonov – famous Russian artist

Pavel Filonov. Self-portrait. 1921

Pavel Filonov. Self-portrait. 1921

Pavel Filonov was a famous Russian artist, inventor of the analytical method of painting. He was one of the most enigmatic artists of the XX century. He was called a genius and a charlatan, a rebel and a prophet, a hypnotist and a crazy man. All his life he lived in poverty and died of hunger, knowing that his pictures cost a lot of money. His work influenced the development of national and world art and was hidden for many years.
Pavel was born in 1883 into a peasant family. His parents moved to Moscow three years before their son’s birth. The boy’s father worked as a coachman in the capital and his mother was a washerwoman. There were five children in the family.
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Painting on glass by Elsa Kolesnikova

Painting on glass by Elsa Kolesnikova

Painting on glass by Elsa Kolesnikova

Elsa Kolesnikova is a talented Russian artist, who lives in Nizhnevartovsk, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.
Looking at her pictures you understand they are really nice. Fall, winter, beautiful birches, flowers, peace and bliss – so what? What is so extraordinary in the ordinary landscape paintings? But if you look at them at exhibition in art gallery you will change your mind.
The author of “pretty pictures” never studied at any art schools. She is amazingly talented self-taught artist. One day she took a brush and watercolor and began creating stunning paintings. The artist doesn’t use paper or canvas, but ordinary glass.
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Steampunk sculptures by Igor Vernyy

Steampunk sculptures by Igor Vernyy

Steampunk sculptures by Igor Vernyy

Igor Vernyy is a talented sculptor from Krasnoyarsk. He collects ordinary car scrap metal, parts of bicycles, clockworks, dishes and other old things that are ideal for creating metal masterpieces.
Only a true master can breathe life into his work, made of old metal debris. Russian sculptor creates amazingly elegant birds, butterflies, and other unusual creations. His cyberpunk sculptures are full of moving parts which make them come alive. Before creating a particular sculpture, Igor carefully studies animals in their natural habitat. The result is a very detailed and realistic product.
The sculptor makes a good contribution to the development of modern art.
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