Vladimir Zagarov

(1951 - )

About

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.

  • Chronology

    1951

    Born in Krasnodar (Russian Federation)

    1970

    Graduated from the Krasnodarskaia School of Arts

    Moved to and settled in Leningrad (former St. Petersburg)

    1978

    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.

    1979

    Participated in exhibitions in Russia and abroad

    Worked on murals for public spaces in Leningrad, Pskov, Krasnoiarsk, amongst others

    1982

    Joined Russian Union of Artists, Leningrad

    1984

    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

    1992

    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"

  • Exhibitions

    Selected Exhibitions

    2016

    ‘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).

    2015

    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);

    2014

    Playing Circus (The Moscow Museum of Modern Arts (?????));

    This is a Circus, solo exhibition (Masha Goncharova workshop, St. Petersburg);

    2013

    Born to Fly and Crawl; Invitation to Dinner (The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg);

    Five Clowns Circus, supervisor (Kvadrat Gallery, St. Petersburg);

    2012

    Without barriers (The Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg);

    2011

    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);

    2009

    Solo exhibition (Cult Gallery, St. Petersburg);

    2008

    The vanishing Petersburg, supervisor (The St. Petersburg Centre for Books and Design",

    2007

    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);

    2006

    Solo exhibition (Life of Glass Gallery, Moscow);

    Time and Spot. Our line, supervisor (The Academy of Arts Museum, St. Petersburg);

    2005

    An artist's sketch-book as a genre, supervisor (Kvadrat Gallery, St. Petersburg);

    2004

    Solo exhibition (Jam Hall Gallery, St. Petersburg); Christmas offer (The Hermitage, St. Petersburg);

    Autumn Saloon (Espace Charenton, Paris, France);

    2003

    Happy Garden, solo exhibition (Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg);

    Kharms publishing presents... (The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg);

    2001

    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);

    2000

    Lyric abstraction, solo exhibition (Aurora Gallery, Tver');

    St. Petersburg workshops, XX century, supervisor (Manege Main Exhibition Hall);

    1999

    Solo exhibition (Galerie Brumme, Frankfurt am Main, Germany); Table, solo exhibition (Delta Gallery, St. Petersburg);

    1998

    Solo exhibitions (Galerie Brumme, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Oscar Hall, St. Petersburg);

    1997

    Different years paintings (St. Petersburg, Palitra Gallery, solo exhibition);

    Yellow Movement, solo exhibition (St. Petersburg, The State Russian Museum);

    1993

    Solo exhibition (Moscow, Central House of Artists);

    1992

    Wardrope, exhibition-carnival supervisor (St. Petersburg, Manege Main Exhibition Hall);

    New St. Petersburg (Bonn, Gernany);

    1991

    Modern Artists - to Malevich (Moscow, The State Tretyakov Gallery);

    Three - Painting (St. Petersburg, UNESCO Centre);

    1981

    Four Names (Leningrad, Elagin Palace);

  • Collections

    Private and public collections

    • The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg)
    • The State Hermitage Museum, The Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory (St. Petersburg)
    • The State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow)
    • St. Petersburg Museum of Avant-Garde, Matyushin’s House (St. Petersburg)
    • The State Museum of Urban Sculpture (St. Petersburg)
    • The State Museum of the History of St. Peterburg
    • The Museum of Contemporary Art of St. Petersburg, 20 and 21 Centuries
    • The Anna Akhmatova Museum, The Fountain House (St. Petersburg)
    • The Scientific-Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts (St. Petersburg)
    • ERARTA. The Museum of Contemporary Art (St. Petersburg)
    • The Museum of Contemporary Art of Sosnovy Bor (St. Petersburg)
    • The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Tsarskoe Selo Collection (Pushkin)
    • The V.V. Vereshchagin Art Museum (Nikolaev, the Republic of Ukraine)
    • The State Museum of Fine Arts (Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan)
    • The State History and Art Museum (Pskov)
    • The V.V. Dokuchaev Central Museum of Soil Sciences, The Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg)
    • Reading Public Museum, Bucknell Center (Pennsylvania, USA)
    • ART Museum (Skagen, Denmark)
    • The Municipal Arts Council (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
    • The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation (Moscow)
    • Private collections in Russia, France, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, USA

    Works of art of Vladimir Zagorov for public buildings

    • The Puppet Theatre (St. Petersburg). Tapestry “The Mummer Dance” 225x250. 1982
    • The Cultural Center (Sayanogorsk). Painting in the interior “Seasons of Sayans” ~ 250x1000. 1983
    • The Cultural Center (Staraya Ladoga) “Rural Labor and Holiday”. Ceramic relief on the facade of the building. Painted with colored enamels~ 350x1200 cm. 1984-1985
    • The History Museum of Krasnoyarsk. Series of frescoes “Russia 1870”. The total area of 4 frescoes is ~ 1200x900 cm. 1985-1986.
    • The V.V. Dokuchaev Central Museum of Soil Sciences. The Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg). Painting in the interior “Life of Desert” 600x500. 1986-1988
    • The Church of the Icon of the Consolation of All the Afflicted (St. Petersburg, Korobitsyno). Mosaic on the facade of the church 120x80. 2010
    • The Health Centre “Nebo” (St. Petersburg). Mosaic in the interior~ 250x1000. 2011
    • The Project “CIRK-KRIC”. International Art Project. Series of exhibitions and installations. Creation of models and cardboards for collage “Parade” on the facade of the tent-pavilion “CIRK-KRIC” 500x600. 2009-2016
    • The private garden (St. Petersburg). Series of objects-reliefs “Circus of Five Clowns…”. Figures of plastics. Painted with colored enamels. The size of the first figure is ~ 190x230. 2014-2016