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I was born in 1939 in Znamenkaya village, Ostrovsky Region, Russia. During the WWII I was evacuated with my mother to Uzbekistan where I spent most of my life. Everything in Uzbekistan was very different from Russia, but in time I fell in love with its beautiful landscapes, grand architecture, and hospitable people. I liked drawing since the very early childhood. Every surface would do for me: I drew on river sand, home on the wallpaper (and was scalded for doing so), in my school notebooks, even on my sandals. Art supplies at that difficult times were scarce, so I could only work with watercolors and color pencils. When with my schoolmates I went on field trips to the local art museums, I was astonished by the paintings by great artists of the past. Then I dreamt of becoming a real artist.

In 1956, I started studying painting and stage design at Republican Art School, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Then I studied at Tashkent Institute of Fine Arts from which I graduated with Summa Cum Laude. In two years, I returned to my alma mater to teach Theater Design and Painting there.

Along with teaching, I worked as the resident scenic designer in a number of Tashkent theaters: Youth Theater (1969-1977), Mukimi Theater (1977-1982), Theater named after Khamza (1982-2008) and designed the sets for over a hundred plays, winning many prestigious awards for my work.

I have always continued fine art painting. Working mostly in oil, I focused on landscape. Tashkent is located in the picturesque valley of the Chirchik River which takes its source from the spurs of the Tian-Shan. In clear weather snowy peaks of the Tian-Shan Mountains are visible. Up there, in the mountain valleys, I painted countless plein-air studies. I also went painting and sketching to the legendary ancient cities of Bukhara, Khiva, and Samarkand renowned for their legendary medieval architectural monuments, straight from the world of A Thousand and One Nights. Their exotic beauty has always inspired me.

My paintings have been presented in numerous art exhibitions in Uzbekistan, Russia, and other republics of Former Soviet Union. They were acquired into such public collections as Uzbekistan State Museum of Fine Art (Tashkent), Tretiakov Gallery and Bakhrushin Theater Museum (both - Moscow, Russia) not to mention various private collection around the world.

In 2008 I moved to USA and currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I'm working as intensively as ever finding new inspiration in picturesque Carolinas landscapes.
"Self Portrait, oil, 2007 "
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