4 Fantastic Contemporary Russian Artists

Russian art has a history that lines up similar with its architecture, many people look for the storied and regal looking works of older Russian artists. Here you will find paintings from many years ago showing Russian elites and highly regarded religious icons in ceremony. Today’s Russia is vastly different from the one of yesteryear however and so the artists of today illustrate this in wildly new styles. Modern Russian art is abstract, provocative and mirrors the more widespread lifestyles of today’s people. Take a look at some of the following creators that are leading the way on the Russian art front.

Serge Marshennikov

If realism is what you strive for in art, then look no further than this Russian’s masterpieces. Easily mistaken for photographs the soft and often sensual subjects of these paintings are rendered in terrific detail. The comfy fabrics and twisting textiles that wrap around them enhance the illusion as the subtle shading in every nook and cranny conjures the illusion that your eyes are perceiving depths that aren’t truly there. Here you can spend many long minutes appreciating the incredible work that has been executed here as well as being enraptured by the spotlighted beauty of the female form.

Serge Marshennikov

Stanislav Plutenko

With a painting style that is very classical thanks to its incredible surrealism, Plutenko has created some wonderful works where reality and fantasy collide. With a knack for conjuring up the most interesting and multidimensional characters whether in a regular or surreal environment, the human subjects in his work are truly engrossing. This doesn’t mean that his environments lack either, as he places subjects into the most wonderful and sometimes seemingly impossible places creating comfortably dream-like backgrounds.

Irina Nakhova

Not all artists use canvases as their medium for creativity and Irina Nakhova is one of these. This artist known for her unforgettable installations has wowed visitors from all around as she tackles varying subjects that filter through the topics of memory. Known to fill exhibit spaces entirely one of her most beloved and recent pieces saw a larger than life pilots mask sat inside a small room, instantly switching up the scale of the object. As if making gallery visitors feel like they had shrunk wasn’t enough a projection screen behind the clear eyepiece displayed a pair of moving eyes that peered at and followed those in the room.

Irina Nakhova
Irina Nakhova

Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky

This pair of painters have made a name for themselves in the art world thanks to being able to capture not just fun and vibrant environments but also add a little humour to their work. With no place unpaintable these two have managed to brilliantly create works that show scenes underwater, in fantasy fields and inside regular buildings, but all are topped off with their great flair for light filled colour. Now illustrating covers for novels, it’s clear that fun is a big part of the work they do as depicted wonderfully by their image of a battle torn Terminator taking a break in a meadow.