Macrame icons by Vladimir Denshchikov
Macrame icons by Vladimir Denshchikov. Ukrainian born artist, designer Vladimir Denshchikov has been engaged in macrame art for more than 30 years. Vladimir Denshchikov is the only person in the world who creates icons of linen thread. Denshchikov was born on July 1, 1952 in Kiev. He graduated from Kiev theatrical University in 1974. In 1975-2007 worked as an actor, director, art director of the Crimean Academic Russian Drama Theater named after Maxim Gorky. He started with necklaces, pendants, handbags. Today, in his artistic heritage – highest artistic level of iconic garments and paintings. To create icons Vladimir uses a unique technique of macrame, collage, which has no analogues in the world.
Man-made icons created by Vladimir are blessed by priests. All work performed by the master on church canons in a single copy, and each has from one to several million knots. This technique is unique and has no analogues in the world. Experts call Vladimir Vladimir Denshchikov founder of a new type of icon making. Beautiful works by Vladimir Denshchikov captivate the viewer with an amazing atmosphere of light, happiness and peace of mind. All of them are made in the technique of “knotted netting”, in which the author has more than 30 years of experience.
The creation of the icon size 40×50 takes 3 to 6 months, sometimes more. It took 14 months and 9,000,000 knots to create St. Alexander Nevsky icon. Images of saints painted in oil on linen canvas.
The master’s works were exhibited in Germany , Austria, Hungary, Ukraine and the Crimea. They are also found in private collections in Ukraine, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and the USA. All the icons are active, they live and help people. In July 2010, the icon “Tenderness” was offered as a gift to His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. In May 2011, the icon of the Holy Prince Vladimir was presented to His Beatitude, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Volodymyr.
Researcher of Orthodox Christian iconography, L. A. Uspensky wrote that Vladimir Denshchikov’s icons may serve as a basis for a new type of canonical icon.
Vladimir Denshchikov is People’s Artist of Ukraine, Honored Worker of Arts of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, The Laureate of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Knight of the Order “For Merit III”, Knight of the Order of Saint Vladimir, Knight of the Order “Andrei Rublev”, Honorary Academician of Crimean Academy of Sciences, the professor.
Participation in exhibitions in Europe :
1998 Heidelberg, Germany
2002 Heidelberg, Germany
2008 Kiev 1st Festival “Len fest”
Solo exhibitions in Europe :
December 2010 Budapest (Hungary)
December 2010 Vienna (Austria), Russian Cultural Center
January 2011 Vienna (Austria) Church of St. Nicholas
January- February 2011 Budapest (Hungary) Cultural Center
Solo exhibitions :
December 2008 Simferopol Art Museum
February 2009 Moscow museum of Roerich
April 2009 Saki, Local Lore Museum
May 2009 Livadia Palace Museum
November 2009 Kiev 2nd All-Ukrainian Festival “Hemp Fest”
November 2009 Kiev Parliament
January 2010 Sevastopol
February 2010 North -Donetsk
March 2010 Donetsk
May-June 2011/Kievo-Pecherskaya laurel
December 2011 – January 2012/Simferopol Art Museum
February- March 2012/Donetsk Regional Art Museum
April 2013 – an exhibition of unique icons of flax “Holy Hemp” (with the blessing of Metropolitan Alexy Efremov, Tula, and with the assistance of the administration of Tula)