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Category Archive: Art

Mysterious Hyperborea by Vsevolod Ivanov

Mysterious Hyperborea by Vsevolod Ivanov

Mysterious Hyperborea by Vsevolod Ivanov

Hyperborea is the northern birthplace of humankind. Hyperboreans were mythical people who lived “beyond the North Wind”. They lived free of war and diseases. Most of the country was covered with rich and beautiful forests, “the garden of Apollo”. Hyperborea was ruled by three priests of the god Apollo. Some people placed Hyperborea in Siberia, others at the North Pole, and others – in Greenland.
Legend of ancient Hyperborea is one of the most controversial and intriguing alternative versions of history. Most people believe that it is a wonderful fairy tale. But Vsevolod Ivanov thinks it is a true story. The artist shows us strange Gods, herds of mammoths and the pagan rites of Vedic Russia. He paints the everyday life of the legendary land and its inhabitants. In his pictures we can see the mythic culture of northern ancestors. Wonderful images created by his imagination take you away from the real world.
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Kira Panina and her cute paintings

Kira Panina

Kira Panina


Kira Panina is a Russian painter. She was born on March 11, 1961 in Fryazino (Moscow region). Kira graduated from the Abramtsevo Industrial Art College named after outstanding Russian artist Viktor Vasnetsov. You know, Panina is a member of the Union of Artists of the Moscow region.
The Russian artist is engaged in painting, graphics, and interior design. A lot of her works are in private collections in Russia and in other countries.
Kira’s pictures give people joy, love, and evoke pleasant memories. A moment of life, little episodes are the main themes of the artist’s work. She puts all the warmth of her soul and joy of perceiving the world in each picture. She paints happiness and joy.
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Kronid Gogolev – Russian wood carver

Kronid Gogolev – Russian wood carver

Kronid Gogolev – Russian wood carver

Kronid Gogolev was the famous wood carver, People’s Artist of Russia, laureate of the State Prize of Russia, Honored Worker of Culture and Art of Russia and Karelia. His work focused primarily on Russian north, northern nature, and national life. Wonderful works are real poetic chronicles of the North.
Kronid was born on July 13, 1926 in Novgorod Province into a family of a former priest. At the age of 16 Gogolev went to the front lines. He fought in the battles for the liberation of the Leningrad region, Estonia, East Prussia, and was wounded. After the war he graduated from the Leningrad Pedagogical School of Arts and Graphics and began to create real masterpieces of wood.
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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. You know, 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. You know, 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.
The girl 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.
Boris believes that the main principle of art is freedom: 1. Freedom of choice, 2. Freedom of creation and 3. Freedom of perception.
The artist received diplomas and prizes at various jewelry trade shows for his original works.
The series of necklaces Four Elements was awarded a special prize The most elegant decoration of the year at the exhibition Jeweler-99. His series of rings Memoirs became a prize winner of the Golden Constellation contest in 2001. And a series of works Features Of Ancient Hunting won in the Jewelry Olympus-2000 competition.
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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 he 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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