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 printmaking and the art of
book making; 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
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 a Christian (Eastern Orthodox Christianity). Thankfully, at
that time Eastern Orthodoxy was not yet “the state religion” therefore
my choice was very conscious. That was a turning point in my life.
A natural outcome of my conversion was the study of Christian art and
icons in particular. Eventually my confessor recommended me to move from
theory to practice and gave me the 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 the 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 work mostly on icons and articles on the topic of faith (a
substantial number of the recent papers are about the peculiar set of
problems precented 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 Art – Master’s Degree in
Private collections and churches: Australia, England, Italy, Morocco,
Norfolk Island, Russia, Scotland, Ukraine, USA