I guess, any curious and sincere viewer, irrespective of origin, religious beliefs and art accomplishment, is able to get close to Vladimir Zagorov’s world, get into its spirit, to live in it. – Aleksey Boyko (professor, art critic, curator and author).
An extract from a catalogue, written by Aleksey Boyko, for an exhibition at the State Russian Museum (St Petersburg) describes Zagorov’s ‘Yellow Movement’ as such:
“…we find once more the ‘sunny mood’, the reception of the sun, the world with the sun, the bright Universe. Yet the sun here is not a source, but a lense, focusing those streams directed towards us from beyond its borders. An essentially similar thought process led Abbot Suger to the theory of divine light, influencing the architecture of Gothic cathedrals, sanctioning the broad use of stained-glass. And the experiments of Vladimir Zagorov seek to acquire a spatial dimension in which man could fully join the yellow movement…”
Born in 1951, in southern Russia, Zagorov graduated from the I Repin St Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (Russia’s highest art academic university). During this time he worked under the acclaimed authority of Andrei Mylnikov.
Zagorov is considered a ‘universal’ artist because of his creative scope that includes, abstract and figurative painting, art-objects, drawings, book design and monumental-applied art.
His artworks can be seen across collections in Europe, most notably in the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.
Born in Krasnodar (Russian Federation)
Graduated from the Krasnodarskaia School of Arts
Moved to and settled in Leningrad (former St. Petersburg)
Graduated from the St. Petersburg State Academy for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture n. a. I.
E. Repin (Academy of Arts), Department for mural painting under the authority of A. A. Myl'nikov.
Participated in exhibitions in Russia and abroad
Worked on murals for public spaces in Leningrad, Pskov, Krasnoiarsk, amongst others
Joined Russian Union of Artists, Leningrad
Visited Uzbekistan (Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Shafrikan village)
1987 - 1991
Taught composition and painting at the St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design n. a. V. Mukhina, Department of Mural Painting
Joined IFA (International Association of Artists)
1996 – present
Fellow of St. Petersburg Academy of Modern Arts
2005 – present
Teaches painting at the St. Petersburg State University, Department of Graphic Design
2008 - present
Works for the international project, "Tsirk-kriTs"
‘Yellow Movement’ – Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Man - a Toy in the Hands of God, supervisor (The Museum of St. Petersburg Arts of XX-XXI centuries, St. Petersburg);
Circus (The St. Petersburg State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg).
Alongshore Travel, solo exhibition (The Museum of Modern Arts, The Collection in the Tsarskoe Selo (Tsarskosel'skaia Collection), Pushkin, St. Petersburg); New Avantgarde from Russia (Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany);
Playing Circus (The Moscow Museum of Modern Arts (?????));
This is a Circus, solo exhibition (Masha Goncharova workshop, St. Petersburg);
Born to Fly and Crawl; Invitation to Dinner (The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg);
Five Clowns Circus, supervisor (Kvadrat Gallery, St. Petersburg);
Without barriers (The Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg);
Birds above the Sky, solo exhibition (Kvadrat Gallery, St. Petersburg);
Gentle Drawing, solo exhibition (Art Space Gallery, St. Petersburg);
Alive Space, supervisor (Art Space Gallery, St. Petersburg);
Blue Horseman. Yellow sound: 100 years of V. Kandinskii's book "Spirituality in Arts",
supervisor (The Academy of Arts Museum, St. Petersburg);
Solo exhibition (Cult Gallery, St. Petersburg);
The vanishing Petersburg, supervisor (The St. Petersburg Centre for Books and Design",
Travel Fragment, solo exhibition (Do Gallery, St. Petersburg);
An art is a tar burden (The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg); Autumn Saloon (Espace Auteuil, Paris, France);
Solo exhibition (Life of Glass Gallery, Moscow);
Time and Spot. Our line, supervisor (The Academy of Arts Museum, St. Petersburg);
An artist's sketch-book as a genre, supervisor (Kvadrat Gallery, St. Petersburg);
Solo exhibition (Jam Hall Gallery, St. Petersburg); Christmas offer (The Hermitage, St. Petersburg);
Autumn Saloon (Espace Charenton, Paris, France);
Happy Garden, solo exhibition (Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg);
Kharms publishing presents... (The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg);
Blue, Black, Yellow, Pink, solo exhibition (Delta Gallery, St. Petersburg);
Abstraction in Russia, XX century (The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg);
Moving objects, supervisor (Marble Palace, St. Petersburg);
Lyric abstraction, solo exhibition (Aurora Gallery, Tver');
St. Petersburg workshops, XX century, supervisor (Manege Main Exhibition Hall);
Solo exhibition (Galerie Brumme, Frankfurt am Main, Germany); Table, solo exhibition (Delta Gallery, St. Petersburg);
Solo exhibitions (Galerie Brumme, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Oscar Hall, St. Petersburg);
Different years paintings (St. Petersburg, Palitra Gallery, solo exhibition);
Yellow Movement, solo exhibition (St. Petersburg, The State Russian Museum);
Solo exhibition (Moscow, Central House of Artists);
Wardrope, exhibition-carnival supervisor (St. Petersburg, Manege Main Exhibition Hall);
New St. Petersburg (Bonn, Gernany);
Modern Artists - to Malevich (Moscow, The State Tretyakov Gallery);
Three - Painting (St. Petersburg, UNESCO Centre);
Four Names (Leningrad, Elagin Palace);
Private and public collections
Works of art of Vladimir Zagorov for public buildings