Alexey Shpakovsky

and

Irina Malukova

If you don't want darkness, then bring in light. If you want darkness, then extinguish the light. But do something with the light; you cannot do anything directly with the dark.

— Osho 

Alexey Shpakovsky was born in 1957 on the island of Sakhalin. He began to study sculpture under the leadership of Ivan Reznichenko, a teacher at the Rostov Art College named after M.B. Grekova. In 1987 he graduated from the Department of Monumental Sculpture of the Moscow State Academy of Art and Industry of S.G. Stroganov, and has already been teaching at the Academy for many years. He is a member of the Moscow Union of Artists of Russia and the Creative Union of Artists of Russia. Alexei's sculptures are installed in Europe, England, South Korea, Russia, with many contained in private collections.

Irina Malukova is a student of Alexei Shpakovsky. For more than 18 years, she has created author dolls from porcelain, Papier-mâché, and textiles. Irina's work is distinguished by the accuracy of the transfer of human anatomy, gestures and movements. The images of her dolls seem to be caught at the moment of transition from one state to another and seem like they are about to start moving.

One of Irina's most famous works is the portrait doll "Maya in the ballet" <Isadora>, created for the 80th anniversary of Maya Plisetskaya. Irene's works are in many private collections of creative and political figures in Russia and Europe.

The joint work of Alexei and Irina is characterized by natural human elasticity, a realistic image, which is undoubtedly one of the most difficult tasks in the art of creating porcelain sculptures and author dolls.

 

Tatiana Deynekina

I sit in the dark. And she isn't worse in the room, than the darkness outside.

— Joseph Brodsky 

Tatiana Deinekina - was born in the Moscow oblast. In 1991 she graduated from the Lenin Art and Graphic Department of Moscow State Pedagogical University. After receiving her diploma, she moved to Berlin and began working as an artist and teacher of drawing and painting at the Russian House of Science and Culture, where she continues to work until today. Tatiana's graphics are characterized by incredible detail, a multiplicity of woven images flowing and interacting closely with each other. Some call them mystical, others see their fears, secret desires in them, but Tatiana's work will definitely not leave a single person not feeling some sort of emotion.

Her works have become popular with many art connoisseurs both in Europe and Russia, and are in private collections and exhibition centers in Russia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, USA and Japan.

Tatiana has also gained fame as a photographer. Her account "Melonettt" in the famous social network PicsArt.com has more than 825 000 subscribers.

 

Sergei Shulga

Die Dunkelheit mit offenen Augen und die Dunkelheit mit geschlossenen Augen unterscheiden sich nach Farbe.

— ​Haruki Murakami 

Sergei Shulga was born in Bryansk. From 1985 to 1989 he studied painting at the Bryansk Art College. He studied in the studio of MV. Shmyrov, a light master and a follower of the traditions of the Academy of Arts of St. Petersburg. Since 2005, Sergei lives and works in Berlin.

The themes for his paintings are prompted by life itself, particularly those events that worry him. In his works he touches upon important and complex topics of moral searches of man and his journey through. Critical social and secular issues, the life of society and its heroes - his paintings always carry some subtext.

Sergey's works are in private collections in Germany, France, the USA and Japan; you can find them in many galleries, including Berliner Galeri, the Russian Embassy in Germany, and the Bryansk Regional Art Museum. Among the admirers and owners of his works are Gerhard Schroeder, Jacques Chirac, Heinrich Bischhof and Otto Reichagel. Since 2003, Sergei is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. He also won first prize in the "Paris - Berlin" art competition .

Sergey has now began a course of "painting and graphics" in the Russian House of Science and Culture, giving every adult has the opportunity to closer connect to the arts.

 

Yuri Barykin

Do not complain about the darkness, become yourself a small beacon of light.

— Bernard Werber 

Yuri Barykin - in 1974 he graduated from the S.A. Gerasimova (VGiK) All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography. He works in the genre of artistic and documentary photography, reflecting on the themes of domestic and foreign cinema, theater, music, sports, politics, etc.

Photographs by Yuri represent an original look at the color and light atmosphere of music and ballet. The works were shot in an impressionistic manner with the use of special photographic techniques. Representing musicians, artists and instruments through the use of color, and light dynamic brushstrokes, Yuri seems to turn them into the equivalent of music itself, giving birth to another space where music and the image merge, causing incredible associations.

The artist's works are published in well-known Russian publications, and are exhibited at Russian and international exhibitions. Some of the works are in private collections (Le Monti, Grishko, Grand Duchess Romanova (Paris), Mr. T. Turner (CNN)), Orensantz Art Gallery (New York). An exhibition of works dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Diaghilev Seasons (New York-Washington-Tampa, 2009 London and Penza (2010)) achieved great success.

 

Anatoly Rudakov

The world in which we live - is nothing more than condensed light.

— Ralph Emerson 

Anatoly Rudakov was born in Russia in 1951. After graduating from the S.A. Gerasimova (VGiK) All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, he has for more than 30 years worked very successfully as a cameraman, filming documentaries and news around the world. He worked in the Geneva and London offices of Soviet television. His employers were VSZ, CLS, CNN, BBC and Discovery Channel. His footage was on the CNN screensaver in 1993 during the bombardment of the White House in Russia. He was the lead cameraman in the CBS documentary about the Beslan tragedy, and has filmed documentary films about Russia that were shown at international festivals. Since 2008, Anatoly lives in Munich and is engaged in photography. With the passionate scope of an artist, he makes photographs that are saturated with emotions - much like paintings. Using the technique of deliberate movement of the camera (PCM), Anatoly, as if by magic, animates the subjects that he captures.

Anatoly's works are exhibited at the most prestigious world exhibitions- he is the prize-winner of such well-known contests as the International Color Awards, the Sony World Photography Awards, the IPA International Competition, EPSON Panorama and others. His works are in galleries in Germany, the Netherlands and Romania.

 

Valentin Afanasyev

It is easier to light a single candle , than to curse the darkness.

— Confucius 

Valentin Afanasyev - was born in 1945 into a creative family. His father was an architect and an artist, and his mother was a pianist. He graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in the violin class of Professor B.A. Sergeev. As a violinist he worked in many Leningrad orchestras: Radio and Television, the M. P. Mussorgsky Maly Theater of Opera and Ballet, the Theater of Musical Comedy, in the State Symphony Orchestra and others. At the same time he was engaged in painting, and he took part in exhibitions of Leningrad's nonconformists. Valentin is known for the invention of a unique system of functional relationships between colors and sounds, allowing us to perceive music through color. The system of color-sound relations includes the discovery of regularities, which certain groups of colors must obey for the adequate manifestation of the algorithm contained in the notation through which the functional relations of the spaces in melody and tonality can be defined. For the first time in history, it is shown that the same sound can be characterized by three different colors depending on the spatial positions they occupy. In 1997, he received patents for his inventions in France and Russia.

The beginning of the 21st century was marked by a series of concerts using a new light and sound system based on classical and modern music. The concerts took place in the halls of the St. Petersburg Chapel, the Philharmonic, the Smolny Cathedral, the Ice Palace and in in the Great Hall of UNESCO in Paris.

Valentin is a participant of the "Sergey Oskolkov and his friends" International Festival of Arts.  He is a member of the Association of Russian Artists in Paris, and a member of the Union of Concert Figures of the Russian Federation.

 

Vladimir Sychev

Eternal spiritual despair is the despair of the darkness of the night. It comes with the night, and disappears with her also.

— Erich Maria Remarque 

Vladimir Sychev - was born in the city of Kazan in 1945. Having received a radio-management diploma at the Kazan Aviation Institute and having completed 2 years of specialist training in Baikonur, Vladimir went to Moscow in 1972 to pursue his passion- photography, which he had taken a great interest in during his student years, organizing an exhibition of nonconformist artists at his apartment. He emigrated to France in 1980 and was the first Soviet photographer who managed to bring out a photo archive of everyday life in the USSR. His photographs were published in the magazines "Paris Match", "Stern", "Life", "Oji", and then the entire international press reprinted the "Paris Match" collection. Thus in 1980, Vladimir became the most printed photographer in the world. Vladimir would go on to meet Helmut Newton and  become friends with him. On his recommendation, Vladimir came to work in the French magazine Vogue, with the first publication of his work in the magazine taking up 40 pages and becoming the first photographer for the last 50 years, with whom Vogue concluded a permanent contract.

In 1981, being counted amongst the 100 best photographers in the world, Vladimir was invited to contribute the book "One Day from the Life of Australia", then in 1986, again being amongst the 100 best photographers in the world, he was invited to contribue in the book "One Day from the Life of America".

Iceland published a book about the people of art in the country with the works of Vladimir, and in France, Germany, Italy - books about the ecumenical community of monks.

In 2011, a book entitled "1 + 9" was published in Germany, written by 9 writers and dedicated to Vladimir's work. In 2012 the book "Letters to Willow" (Yves Saint Laurent) from Pierre Berger was published with a photo of Vladimir Sichov on the cover.

During his professional career, Vladimir filmed many events international and historical importance: the fall of the Berlin Wall, the overthrow of Ceausescu, and the putsch in Moscow.  He spent three days in the family circle of Mikhail Gorbachev after his abdication, and also accompanying presidents Giscard, Mitterrand, Chirac, Sarkozy for state visits. He photographed the Olympic Games, as well as the football and fencing world cups.

Vladimir's photos exhibited in many famous galleries of France and Russia. In a collection of the Pompidou Museum there are 14 Vladimir's photographs.

 

Tat'yana Nelyubina

Sin comes not from darkness, but from denial of light.

— Marina Tsvetayeva 

Tatiana Nelyubina - born in Yekaterinburg in 1951, she  graduated from the Yekaterinburg Architectural Institute, later studying philosophy at the Ural University, then further continuing her studies at the graduate school of the Moscow Architectural Institute. She defended her thesis on the topic of the "organization of national parks". She worked as deputy chief architect of the closed city of Novouralsk, and taught at the Yekaterinburg Architectural Institute.

In 1983 she moved to the GDR, in Potstdam, working as a guide in Sanssouci.

Since 1987 she has been a freelance artist, as an illustrator and cartoonist of the publishing houses "Berliner Verlag", "Das Magazin", "Volk und Welt", "Kinderbuchverlag", "Eulenspiegel" and others.

Tatiana's paintings were presented at many exhibitions in Russia, Germany, New York.

In 2002 Tatyana's first novel "The Oracle in the Hem" was released. At the same time, the author's repertoire already contained more than 20 works, which were repeatedly noted in the media and brought Tatiana wide popularity.

All artistic works of Tatiana, both graphic and literary, convey an inexhaustible wealth of imagination, a vein of satire, sense of symbolism, as well as the author's flair for the grotesque and the absurd.

 

Alexander Kopanev

Over fifty years of deliberate reflection, I have not come a step closer to answering the question: what are quanta of light? Of course, now every passerby thinks he knows the answer, but this is self-deception.

— Albert Einstein 

Alexander Kopanev - the artistic component of Alexander's personality does not fit into a standard biography. He claims that he was "born in North Palmira". He believes that "he gave many years of work and health to the Petersburg taverns, then sank to the big stage as a result of having slipped too far abroad." It is well known that over the years spent in the "foreign lands", he has written more than three hundred songs and poems, releasing 16 music albums, "painting" 6 theatrical pieces- 4 put on the Berlin stage, "moulded" 3 short films. Currently a free artist, he has "a momentary hobby: writing short stories. Morally stable; imputable, nonpartisan. He speaks all languages: except his native and German. " He lives "in complete isolation in the hope of ever returning to his native penates." Alexander also refuses to admit that he makes highly artistic lamps, each of which tells a unique story of his biography.

 

Michail Belov

If you understand where the light is, you will understand where the darkness lies.

— Alexander Blok.

Michail Belov -  born in 1962 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). He studied at the oldest in Russia art studio under Hermitage, then at the Leningrad City Art School- the B.V. Ioganson secondary school of art. He graduated from the  I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, and after was a graduate student of the creative workshop of the famous sculptor M.K. Anikushin in the Academy of Arts of the USSR . He taught at the  I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He is a member of the Union of Artists. Michail Belov - the creator of such famous monuments in Russia as the monument to N.V. Gogol on Malaya Konyushennaya Street in St. Petersburg, a monument dedicated to the to the Universities at the main entrance to St. Petersburg State University, a monument to the Two Captains in Pskov, a monument to N.N. Miklouho-Maclay in Novgorod and others.

Sculptures by Michail Belov are presented in private collections and museums in Russia, England and Germany.