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Russian B. 1971
Braids, Oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches
Dreamer, Oil on canvas, 12 x 18 inches
B. 1971 in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia; currently lives in Saint Petersburg, Russia
World-renowned painter, Serge Marshennikov, is primarily known for his realistic and alluring portraits of reclining women and partial nudes. As a boy, Marshennikov showed an early interest and talent in art making. Fostered by his mother, he was given private instruction in the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and sculpture. After winning several awards for his children's watercolor and pastel paintings, he began to consider the possibility of becoming a professional painter. Marshenikov began his formal studies at the Ufa State Institute of Arts and completed his undergraduate work in 1995. Desiring further instruction in classical technique, he enrolled at The Repin Academy of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. Celebrated as one of the most talented graduates of the Academy, he was granted the privilege of working side by side with Professor Andrei Andreevich Mylnikov, Rector of the Academy
Marshennikov's artistic vision conveys more than the beauty and sensuality unique to feminine form; it also serves as a counterpoint to how women were personified in Soviet art during the rules of Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and Gorbachev. As a student, Marshennikov found much inspiration in the Romanticism of 19th-century Russian art. Later he looked towards Andrew Wyeth's celebrated Helga series and the portraits of Lucien Freud for inspiration. Marshennikov's reclining figures are distinctly modern yet embody an old-world feel. Flesh is central. Delicate fabrics create patterns of glittering, shimmering decoration that frame the body enhancing the sensuality of the physical in a man-made organic exchange.
Serge Marshennikov has been exhibiting his work in the United States since 1995. He has gallery representation in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Massachusetts. He exhibits regularly in his hometown of Ufa and Saint Petersburg and has participated in several museum exhibitions both in the United States and Russia. Many works by the artist have sold at Christies, New York and South Kensington, and Bonhams, Knightsbridge. He has received numerous awards for his figure paintings including the “Chairman’s Choice Award” at the 2008/2009 International Art Renewal Center. His paintings hang in many prominent collections in Russia, England, Denmark, France, Japan, and the United States. He currently lives and maintains a studio in Saint Petersburg, Russia with his wife and daughter.