On this website you will find the gallery of my icons and painting and
also writings on a variety of topics from the work of an iconographer,
the mystical theology of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches to Russian
politics and human psychology. They are united by the notion of the
“personhood”, of a human being and of God and of their relationship.
As I understand it, my vocation is about stating the fact of the real
presence of Jesus Christ. This is why, apart from painting that reality,
I also write about the phenomena which obliterate or distort that
presence, especially about the damage done to the human psyche by abuse.
I sincerely hope that those who have difficulties with developing a
personal relationship with God may find my work useful.
I was born in 1969 in Moscow, then in the U.S.S.R. into
the family of a Soviet space scientist. I studied fine arts first at the
Moscow Art College, and then at the Moscow State University of Printing
Arts. The latter was a unique institution dedicated to the printmaking
and art of book making; the art there was taught in accordance with
so-called 'Favorsky's school. V. Favorsky (who himself studied in
Munich), the Soviet artist, book designer and art theorist practiced and
taught that the work of a book artist does not differ from the work of
an architect; the book must be conceived as a logical structure which
has its own peculiar space. An artist must "think big abstract forms"
i.e. not to rely on the details to make the desired emotional impact.
This method of work with the space, forms, and gaps proved to be
indispensable when I turned to icon painting.
While a college student I began a search for a spiritual path. After
years of lengthy trials including involvement with Buddhism, theosophy
etc I became Christian (Eastern Orthodox Christianity). Thankfully, at
that time the Eastern Orthodoxy was not “a state religion” yet therefore
my choice was very conscious. That was a turning point in my life.
A natural outcome of my conversion was study of Christian art and icons
in particular. Eventually my confessor recommended me to move from the
theory to the practice and gave me a necessary blessing.
In 1999 I moved to Australia. Here, in Australia I became interested in
analytic psychology, with a particular focus on mental trauma and its
manifestation in unconscious, and also the development of the human
psyche (what Jung called individuation). Those topics were explored in a
series of paintings and writings. Apart from psychology, I also write
about faith, art, politics – about everything that I, being a Christian
and active member of the Church, consider important.
Currently I mostly work on icons and
articles on the topic of faith (a substantial number of the recent
papers are about the peculiar set of problems presented to a believer by
post-traumatic stress disorder i.e. how the childhood trauma shapes a
person’s psyche in way that it impairs or even destroys their ability to
become attached to God). This website is my online portfolio and also
the place where I share my ideas.
1984 - 1988 Moscow Art College – Matriculation (Diploma of Graphic Arts)
1993 - 1998 Moscow State University of Printing Arts – Master’s Degree in
Private collections and churches: Australia, England, Italy, Morocco,
Norfolk Island, Russia, Scotland, Ukraine, USA