10 Contemporary Russian Painters Worth a Look

Levitan, Shishkin, and Aivazovsky, among many others, are names known to every well-educated person in Russia and abroad. These artists are Russia’s pride. Today, too, there is no shortage of talented Russian artists. Their names are just not yet so widely known.

AdMe.ru, a Russian site dedicated to Russian popular culture and advertising in Russia, has selected 10 contemporary Russian artists (there are, to be sure, many more), who may yet add their names to the list of the great painters of the 21st century. To read the original Russian, click here. This has been translated for the first time into English by SRAS Translate Abroad intern Sophia Rehm.

 

Alexey Chernigin

In most of his paintings, Alexey Chernigin uses oil on canvas to capture beauty, romance, and moments of true feeling. Alexey Chernigin inherited his talent and passion for art from his father, the famous Russian artist Alexander Chernigin. Every year, they hold a joint exhibition in their native Nizhny Novgorod.

Summer by Alexey Chernigin

Summer by Alexey Chernigin

The Kiss by Alexey Chernigin

The Kiss by Alexey Chernigin

The Sea by Alexey Chernigin

The Sea by Alexey Chernigin

Upstream by Alexey Chernigin

Upstream by Alexey Chernigin

 

Konstantin Lupanov

This young and incredibly talented artist from Krasnodar calls his paintings “fun and irresponsible garbage.” Konstantin Lupanov paints what he loves. The primary subjects of his paintings are his friends, acquaintances, relatives, and his beloved cat, Philip. The simpler the subject, says the artist, the truer the painting.

Painting by Kostya Lupanov

Painting by Kostya Lupanov

Painting by Kostya Lupanov

Painting by Kostya Lupanov

Painting by Kostya Lupanov

Painting by Kostya Lupanov

Self-Portrait in Royal Style by Kostya Lupanov. Self-Portrait in Royal Style. Fragment.

Self-Portrait in Royal Style by Kostya Lupanov. Fragment.

 Stanislav Plutenko

Stanislav Plutenko’s creative motto is: “To see the unusual and to do the unusual.” This Moscow artist uses a unique technique, combining tempera, acrylic, watercolor, and a very thin glaze applied by airbrush. Stanislav Plutenko has been rated among the top 1000 surrealists of all time.

The Manager of the Universe by Stanislav Plutenko

The Manager of the Universe by Stanislav Plutenko

A City of One Fisherman by Stanislav Plutenko

A City of One Fisherman by Stanislav Plutenko

Provincial Casanova by Stanislav Plutenko

Provincial Casanova by Stanislav Plutenko

The Bothersome Dragonflies by Stanislav Plutenko

The Bothersome Dragonflies by Stanislav Plutenko

 

Nikolai Blokhin

This contemporary Russian artist, centuries from now, will no doubt rank among the world’s great painters. Nikolai Blokhin is known above all as a portrait painter, although he also paints landscapes, still lifes, and genre paintings. But it is in his portraits that his talent is most strikingly apparent.

The Gypsy by Nikolai Blokhin

The Gypsy by Nikolai Blokhin

Profile by Nikolai Blokhin

Profile by Nikolai Blokhin

Anna by Nikolai Blokhin

Anna by Nikolai Blokhin

Anya by Nikolai Blokhin

Anya by Nikolai Blokhin

 

Dmitri Annenkov

Looking at the hyperrealist still lifes of this Russian artist makes you want to reach out your hand and touch, or take right from the canvas, whatever they depict. They are just that real and alive. The artist Dmitri Annenkov lives in Moscow and works in various genres. He is remarkably talented in all of them.

Rain in the Tavern. Norway, by Dmitri Annenkov

Rain in the Tavern. Norway, by Dmitri Annenkov

Motion by Dmitri Annenkov

Motion by Dmitri Annenkov

Little Igor's Summer by Dmitri Annenkov

Little Igor’s Summer by Dmitri Annenkov

Autumn by Dmitri Annenkov

Autumn by Dmitri Annenkov

 

Vasily Shulzhenko

It is impossible to feel indifferent toward the work of artist Vasily Shulzhenko. He is either loved or hated, praised for understanding the Russian soul or accused of hating it. The Russia his paintings depict is harsh, uncensored and grotesque beyond compare, complete with alcohol, debauchery, and stagnation.

Ambulance by Vasily Shulzhenko

Ambulance by Vasily Shulzhenko

Fallen by Vasily Shulzhenko

Fallen by Vasily Shulzhenko

Riding the Centaur by Vasily Shulzhenko

Riding the Centaur by Vasily Shulzhenko

Public Toilet by Vasily Shulzhenko

Public Toilet by Vasily Shulzhenko

 

Arush Votsmush

Under the pseudonym Arush Votsmush hides Alexander Shumtsov, a talented artist from Sevastopol. “The word “conflict” refers to that moment when you see something surprising, and it forces your inner wheels turn in the right direction. A good conflict is exciting, it gives you goose bumps. And you can get goose bumps from anything: cold water, a holiday, something that suddenly brings you back to your childhood, when a feeling first surprised you and took hold of you… I never try to prove anything to anyone with my work. What I do, above all, is enjoy myself. It’s the “clean” high of creativity. Or a clean life, without drugs. Just miracles.”

Good Company by Arush Votsmush

Good Company by Arush Votsmush

I Go to Sleep; the World Goes to Work by Arush Votsmush

I Go to Sleep; the World Goes to Work by Arush Votsmush

The Eighth Day, Resurrection by Arush Votsmush

The Eighth Day, Resurrection by Arush Votsmush

Olive Ground by Arush Votsmush

Olive Ground by Arush Votsmush

 

Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky

Vinogradov and Dubossarsky are the great, raunchy delinquents of contemporary Russian painting. The creative duo formed in the mid-1990s, and has already gained worldwide fame. It was for good reason that writer Victor Pelevin used works of Dubossarsky and Vinogradov as illustrations for one of his novels.

Hot Summer by Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky

Hot Summer by Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky

Underwater World by Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky

Underwater World by Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky

Natasha by Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky

Natasha by Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky

New Russian Troika by Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky

New Russian Troika by Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky

 

Mikhail Golubev

The young Russian artist Mikhail Golubev lives and works in St. Petersburg. His work consists of “thought paintings,” fantasy paintings, and philosophical reflections. He is an extremely interesting artist with a view of the world that is unique, yet feels very familiar.

by Mikhail Golubev

Four Ages of Man by Mikhail Golubev

Good Morning by Mikhail Golubev

Good Morning by Mikhail Golubev

Peaceful Day by Mikhail Golubev

Peaceful Day by Mikhail Golubev

Russians Do Not Surrender by Mikhail Golubev

Russians Do Not Surrender by Mikhail Golubev

 

Serge Marshennikov

These are not photographs, but paintings by the Russian realist painter Serge Marshennikov. Many of his most famous paintings depict the artist’s wife and muse, Natalia. The couple has been together for many years, and is raising a 10-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, the whole world admires this artist’s sensual and tender work.

by Serge Marshennikov

by Serge Marshennikov

by Serge Marshennikov

by Serge Marshennikov

by Serge Marshennikov

by Serge Marshennikov

by Serge Marshennikov

by Serge Marshennikov

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