(1951 – )
Vladimir Zagorov
“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…” – Aleksey Boyko.


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”

Selected Exhibitions


‘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

  • 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” 225×250. 1982
  • The Cultural Center (Sayanogorsk). Painting in the interior “Seasons of Sayans” ~ 250×1000. 1983
  • The Cultural Center (Staraya Ladoga) “Rural Labor and Holiday”. Ceramic relief on the facade of the building. Painted with colored enamels~ 350×1200 cm. 1984-1985
  • The History Museum of Krasnoyarsk. Series of frescoes “Russia 1870”. The total area of 4 frescoes is ~ 1200×900 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” 600×500. 1986-1988
  • The Church of the Icon of the Consolation of All the Afflicted (St. Petersburg, Korobitsyno). Mosaic on the facade of the church 120×80. 2010
  • The Health Centre “Nebo” (St. Petersburg). Mosaic in the interior~ 250×1000. 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” 500×600. 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 ~ 190×230. 2014-2016
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