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Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

19th century dish “Mermaid”. Hand-painted in the style of Russian Art Nouveau. Dish with the effect of craquelure, on the back side of the dish is an old patina. Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

According to painter and restorer Albina Ustyugova, she has been working in traditional wood painting for over 20 years. Interested in the Byzantine and Old Russian ornament, Albina Ustyugova loves Russian nouveau, paints and ages new things. In her art gallery – lots of vintage items that master restores and paints. These are unique everyday objects: spinning wheels, Rubel, rocker, dishes, collars, pail and other rustic utensils.
Albina Ustyugova is an architect, member of the International Art Fund. She has participated in exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Her works are in private collections around the world. Albina has a wide variety of styles of traditional Russian painting: Boretsky, Permogorsky, Mezensky, Gorodetsky, and many others.

Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

Mermaid. Ancient Dish of 19th century. Hand-painted in the style of Russian Art Nouveau. Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

Ustyugova lives in Zaraisk, Moscow region. She often receives orders for restoration and painting rarities, inherited from their ancestors. For example: one client brought her an old spinning wheel, inherited from her grandmother. After the restoration and painting the spinning wheel takes its honorable place as the interior decoration and as a memory of ancestors. Once Albina restored an old wardrobe. Upon closer inspection, it proved to be quite strong cabinet thing, made ​​of oak. After the restoration and painting on this exclusive thing, this piece of furniture became a real piece of art. Albina Ustyugova gives “second life” to old household items and furniture.

Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

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