Russian Painters

“Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.” -Leo Tolstoy

Ivan Kugach

Ivan Mikhailovich Kugach was born December 21, 1972. He began to study art in 1986 at the 1905 Moscow Art School. He went on from there to study at the Surikov Institute from 1990 to 1996. He was a student of the famous V.N. Zabelin. Ivan Kugach’s work lends itself to subjects such as interiors, still-lifes, landscapes, and portraits.1995, The Galena De Arte (La Pinacoceta) in Barcelona, Spain


1995, Homeland an exhibit in Kuznetskii Most
1997, Sala Minerva. Circulo de Bellas Artes by invitation of the Madrid government
1997, The Society of Royal Portrait Painters exhibit in England (Catalogue #99)
1998 & 1999, Mall Galleries, England
1999, Solo-exhibition in Moscow
2009, The Russian Art Fair, London, England
2009, Kugach, Kugach, Kugach, Three Generations of Artists, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Nikolai Dubovik


Nikolai Dubovik was born June 16, 1960 in the village of Urzuf, on the Don River in southern Russia. He spent his early childhood residing in a cottage in Tavria on the steeps of Preyazovsky.  As a young boy, Nikolai was in love with drawing. Ten years after the death of his mother he entered the orphanage of Taganroge. When he was 14 years old he entered a special school for the arts. During this time of his life he experienced major problems with finances and he armed him self with a French easel made by pieces of panel from a broken bed he found in the attic of the orphanage. When he was 15, he was accepted to the Art College in Honour of Grekov, in the city of Rostov on the Don. Directly after completing his studies here, he began to teach in the Taganroge art school. In 1979 he was drafted into the Soviet Army. From 1982-1988 he was a student of the Surikov Institute under the direction of the Honored Artist of the USSR, T. Salakhov.

For his excellent artistic achievement he was offered to do post-graduate work at the Surikov Institute by two departments (this was a very rare honor), Drawing, and Painting, in order to prepare him to be an instructor at the Institute. He finished his post-graduate degree under the direction of the legendary artist Vyacheslav Nikolaivic Zabelin. After finishing his studies he began teaching drawing in the studio of Professor Zabelin. He received tenure in 1997 and teaches there still today. He is also a member of the Mosocw River School of painters, founded by the famous Russian artist Yuri Kugach. Nikolai’s drawings and paintings are featured in numerous books on Russian artists.
Awards:(partial list)•Granted the Diploma of Honor from The Russian Academy of Art for his solo exhibition in 1995
•Member of the Moskvorechye Academy of Realist Painters, 1990
•Member of the Russian Painters Union, 1990
•Received the Surikov Award three times, 1986, 1987, and 1988 for excellence of studiesExhibitions:(partial list)

The artist’s works are shown frequently at Lazare Gallery, Charles City, VA; Walls Gallery, Wilmington, NC; Wallace Fine Art, Longboat Key, Fl; as well as James Yarosh Assoc., Holmdel, NJ.Other exhibitions include:
Transarte Exhibition in ErfurtMoskvorechye Academy Exhibition in Valencia, Spain

Moskvorechye Academy Exhibition in Valencia, Spain

Frequent exhibits with the “Moscow River Group” in Spain, the UK, and Russia

Exhibit at Gallery 58 in Bologna, Italy

Exhibit at Miles Gallery, London

Collections:(partial list)
The artist’s works can be found in countless private collections in Russia, USA, Japan, UK, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland.

 Nikolai Sergeyev


Nikolai Sergeyev was born in the village of Kriukov in the rural district of Vereiskii on August 4, 1908. Beginning in 1924 he was living and working in Moscow. From 1928 to 1931 he attended courses at the Artists’ Association of Revolutionary Russia guided by I. Mashkov. From 1933 to 1936 he studied at the Moscow Graphic Art Institute in the graphic art department. In 1936 he was admitted into the prestigious Surikov Institute, into the studio of V. V. Ioganson. In 1942, he graduated from the Surikov (under A. A. Osmerkin) receiving the schools top mark (“outstanding” which is very rarely given) for his graduation work titled From Native Land.


In 1941 he participated in the military defense works near the city of Smolensk. Nikolai was admitted to the Artists Guild of the USSR in 1942. In 1943 Nikolai Sergeyev and 11 other academically accomplished artists were evacuated to Samarkand, Uzbekistan for the duration of the war. It looked like Moscow might fall to the Germans so the Soviet government decided to evacuate their most promising artists who they saw as cultural assets. Most artists remained in Samarkand for the duration of the war but Sergeyev decided to leave and fight for his country. In 1987 he was chosen as an honorary member of the Moskvorechie Artists Community, also known as “Moscow Voices”. Sergeyev died on January 13, 1989.
Awards:(partial list)

•An honorary member of the Moskvorechie Artists Community
•Member of the Artists’ Guild of the USSR, 1942

Pavel Fedorovich Sudakov

(1914-2010) Pavel Sudakov was born in Moscow in 1914. In 1941 he graduated from the prestigious Surikov Moscow Art Institute where he studied under G. Ryazhskii. During World War II he was a machine gunner, and then served as a frontier troop. He became a junior lieutenant and was awarded the World War II medals: “for the Defense of Moscow” and “For the Victory over the Germans in World War II, 1941- 1945″, among others. Sudakov is best known for employing a historical-revolutionary theme in his works but also did contemporary-themed paintings of landscapes and still-lives. He is a member of the governing council and member of the secretarial council of the Artists’ Guild of Russia. He is Chairman of the Division of painting of the Artists’ Guild of Russia, and a member of the Art Council of the Organization of War Veteran Painters in Honor of M. B. Grekov.

Awards(partial list):
•Member of the Moscow Artists’ Guild, 1947
•Russian State Award in Honor of Repin, 1984
•Soviet Academy of Artists medal, 1984
•State Prize of the USSR, 1951
•Titled- “Deserved Artist of the Soviet Union”, 1976
•Titled- “People’s Artist of Russia”, 1982

Nikolai Kozlov


Nikolai Kozlov was born in 1947, in a simple, poor, working class family in Moscow. His first introduction to drawing took place during evening drawing courses held at the Moscow Art School, the preparatory school for the Surikov Institute. He served for three years in the army in the far east of Russia. Immediately after his time in the army, he was accepted to the Art College of 1905 in Moscow. After college, he worked for the state television company making props. In 1974, he was accepted to the All Union Institute of Cinematography in the painting department. He became a teacher at The Moscow Preparatory Art School in 1980. His credo in life has been: “When I teach I learn, when I find something I give it away, when I notice alive results in my students, I experience joy.”
Nikolai Kozlov is also a member of the Moscow River School, a school steeped in the academic tradition. Great emphasis lies on capturing a sense of atmosphere as well as the accurate depiction of space.  Many talented artists consider Kozlov to be one of the greatest living masters of form, space, and spirit. His advice is sought out my many of the Moscow Schools greatest talents.

Artist Thoughts:
“From day to day, from early morning to evening, working in nature, looking and reflecting on the surrounding ever changing landscape with it’s multitude of details and feeling, to achieve and exact representation on a canvas or panel I feel, the bountiful creation and enrichment coming from nature, desires are aroused for a deep dialogue with nature, the creation of the objective world in the subjective world behind the picture plane.””Realism: Is the expression of the essences, it is present in all directions and genres of art, and is the most difficult and demanding form of art, in so much as it is the expression of a whole world of perception, not how I am a part of something bigger than me. The roots of representational art can be traced back to ancient times, to cave paintings of animals where one can note particular attention given to the individual character of form.””When I teach I learn, when I find something I give it away, when I notice alive results in my students, I experience joy.”

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