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Russian artist Oleg Shtyhno

Autumn. Flowers in the garden. Canvas, oil. Artist Oleg Shtyhno

Autumn. Flowers in the garden. Canvas, oil. Artist Oleg Shtyhno

Oleg Fedorovich Shtyhno – Head of the department of anatomical drawing of the Faculty of Painting, professor of anatomical drawing of the Faculty of Painting, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts. Russian artist Oleg Shtyhno was born in the south-eastern Siberia in 1961. His childhood memories keep many impressions from the village where he spent his summers and drew his first sketches. The artist cherishes the memory of a place that no longer exists. Then the family left Novosibirsk for Omsk, where he studied in the art school. His path to the future profession was traditional: after school followed art college. Then, he became a student of the famous Moscow Art School in memory of 1905.

Asters and amaranth oil on canvas, 2009

Asters and amaranth, oil on canvas, 2009. Russian artist Oleg Shtyhno

After graduation he worked in the Bolshoi Theatre workshops. It was a brief but important period in his life. The world of the theater with its own language of scenography was completely new to him, perhaps, gave him the first impulse towards the phasing out of the realistic lifelikeness toward imaginative world. The following year he entered the Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after VI Surikov. He was looking for his own pictorial language.

Blue veil

Blue veil

Oleg Shtyhno considers his teachers – Leonardo da Vinci, from whom he learned the theory, Isaac Levitan with his subtle lyric landscape painter, who studied Oleg understanding of the landscape, Andrew Wyeth, a master of sharp composition, Salvador Dali, Gustav Klimt and others.

He sees art not as an opportunity to portray an event, but a way to bring certain ideas into material form. Images of living creatures in his paintings are the result of sophisticated screening done by the artist for the detection of certain plastic formula sign. In his study he values ​​above all the purity of sound color, motif freshness, accuracy of relations. He likes to sketch and does so to this day. Often his sketches present the real world of nature, so Russian, in which is always present the sadness about the passed time.

Oleg Shtyhno does not belong to the category of savers of artistic tradition in its unshakable classic form – his art is in constant development.

Russian artist Oleg Shtyhno

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