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Russian artist Nikolai Blokhin

Painting by Russian artist Nikolai Blokhin

Painting by Russian artist Nikolai Blokhin

Russian artist Nikolai Blokhin was born 22 May 1968 in St. Petersburg. Contemporary Russian artist Nikolai Blokhin without a doubt will be on a par with the world’s classical paintings over the centuries. Nikolai Blokhin received a classical education at the St. Petersburg Institute named after Repin, and is considered one of the best followers of Russian art with a new level of academic and realistic traditions. Nikolai Blokhin is known primarily as a portrait painter, though he also paints landscapes, still lifes, genre paintings. But it is the portrait that is the most important aspect of his talent. Blokhin is not only a skilled artist, a great colorist, he is also a connoisseur of human souls. His portraits have psychological insight, passion and emotion, idea and inspiration.
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Russian artist Ivan Selivanov

Dog. Painting by Russian artist Ivan Selivanov

Dog. Painting by Russian artist Ivan Selivanov

Russian artist Ivan Selivanov (1907-1988) began painting in the early 1940s and did not cease until death. Self-taught artists Selivanov received the most enthusiastic comments from artists, art historians. Ivan Egorovich Selivanov is often compared to the great original artist Vincent Van Gogh. His name deservedly stands next to Niko Pirosmani and Henri Rousseau. In 1969, the well-known documentary filmmaker M. Litvyakov made ​​the film “People of Kuznetsk land,” one of the stories of which was devoted to Ivan Selivanov, and in 1984 was made a feature film directed by V. Prokhorov, “Seraphim Polubes and other inhabitants of the Earth”, which is based on Selivanov’s biography, his works were shown in the film. The works of unique Siberian artist Ivan Selivanov were admired in Paris, London, Prague, Berlin, Budapest, Bonn, Montreal, New York.
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Akhal-Teke the most beautiful horse in the world

Akhal-Teke the most beautiful horse in the world

Akhal-Teke the most beautiful horse in the world

Akhal-Teke the most beautiful horse in the world
In the above photo – the horse owned by the president of Turkmenistan Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. Originally, the name Akhal Teke came from a Russian general. He admired these horses and named them after a Turk tribesman who lived near Akhal oasis.
These shiny, graceful, athletic, elegant horses have unusual, metallic quality to the coat the main characteristic feature of the breed. In fact, Turkmen land – the homeland of Ahalteke horses. According to the chairman of the International Association of Ahalteke Horses, President of Turkmenistan, “Born on the Turkmen land, Ahalteke horse is a symbol of a striking harmony, beauty, gracefulness and incomparable swiftness. Given to it by nature and developed by the labor and mind of a man”. Noteworthy, in November 2012 the President signed a decree on holding annually the International Beauty Contest of Akhal-Teke horses in April, on the Day of Turkmen Horse. In addition, created competition among artists, sculptors, carpet weavers, jewelers, photographers, publishers, designers, and cameramen. And the nomination – for the best artistic image of akhaltekins (Akhal-Teke). Today, Turkmenistan uses Akhal-Teke horses as diplomatic gifts.
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Russian artist Vladimir Grigoryevich Tretchikoff

Russian artist Vladimir Grigoryevich Tretchikoff

Chinese girl by Russian artist Vladimir Grigoryevich Tretchikoff

Russian artist Vladimir Grigoryevich Tretchikoff was born 100 years ago in Petropavlovsk, in the Far East of Russia, on December 13, 1913. After the revolution of 1917, Vladimir’s family emigrated with him to Chinese Manchuria. During the Second World War he was in a prison camp in Java. In 1946 Tretchikov moved to South Africa, there the talented self-taught artist Vladimir Tretchikoff became one of the top 10 artists of the country. Tretchikoff was a self-taught artist who painted realistic portraits, still life and animals, with subjects often inspired by his early life in China and Malaysia, and later life in South Africa. He worked in oil, watercolor, ink, charcoal and pencil but is best known for his reproduction prints which sold worldwide in huge numbers. The reproductions were so popular that it was said Tretchikoff was second only to Picasso in popularity.
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Seashell mosaics by Marina Alexandrova

Seashell mosaics by Marina Alexandrova

Flamingo. Seashell mosaics by Marina Alexandrova

Seashell mosaics by Marina Alexandrova.
Russian professional artist of applied art Marina Alexandrova finds uniqueness in simplicity and beauty in ordinary seashells. Creating colorful and detailed landscapes, still lifes, and fantasy artworks she uses only natural color clams and mussels combining color and shape. All her art works are elegant, original, and exclusive, due to the fact that there are no identical shells in the nature. This direction of art is called Conchology. Working on seashell mosaic, Marina also uses the diversity of shellfish – as for many of them she has to go to distant lands. And traveling is not in vain: in the warmest seas she finds shellfish of the most vivid colors and whimsical shapes and textures. Marina Alexandrova started working with seashells approximately 10 years ago. Now Moscow based artist Marina Alexandrova is a member of Russian Union of Artists, and author of the book “Seashells and Coastal Decor”.
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Gingerbread Terem that Sergey Kirillov built

Gingerbread Terem that Sergey Kirillov built

Gingerbread Terem that Sergey Kirillov built

Gingerbread Terem that Sergey Kirillov built.
Terem is the old Russian word for house. This beautiful Gingerbread house was created by a simple Russian peasant, local blacksmith Sergey Ivanovich Kirillov. The house was twice on fire, but remained untouched. The fabulous house is 20 km from the small town Nevyansk in an old Russian village of Kunar (Sverdlovsk region). Any passerby can enter the house – instead of a lock on the door and the gate – the button. You press – and, as if in a fairy tale, the door will be opened. And wondering tourists will see a lot. The house of the local blacksmith Kirillov was recognized as the best in the vast territory of Russia in 1999, and not in vain
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Realistic landscapes by Vladimir Alexandrov

Realistic landscapes by Vladimir Alexandrov

Realistic landscapes by Vladimir Alexandrov

Realistic landscapes by Vladimir Alexandrov.

Russian, Moscow based artist Vladimir Alexandrov was born in 1972 in Cheboksary. In 1991, he graduated from the Cheboksary Art school, then Moscow State Academic Arts institute named after V.I. Surikov, faculty of painting. He studied in the workshops of professors A. I. Fomkin and V. N. Zabelin. Vladimir Alexandrov became the Member of the Union of Artists of Russia in 2003. In his works he uses centuries-old traditions of Russian realism. Native landscapes of Russian nature created by Alexandrov are incredibly soulful. Alongside with landscapes, the artist works in such genres of painting as realistic portraiture. He paints portraits of famous and ordinary people, children and adults, as well as copies of paintings of old masters. Since 1994, Vladimir Alexandrov has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in Russia and abroad, including Basel (1994-1997, Switzerland) and Santa Fe (2004, USA). Talented contemporary Russian painter Vladimir Alexandrov lives and works in Moscow.
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