Andrei Smirnov was born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1960. He attended the Theatrical School before being accepted as a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg in 1988. Andrey graduated with an Honours degree in Fine Art in 1994 and was elected a member of the Russian Union of Artists in 1997. He has exhibited widely in Russia, successfully showing his work in the Union’s Gallery since 2003. In addition, he has had well-received solo exhibitions in Russia, France, and Italy and has shown his works extensively in Germany, Monaco and Belgium.Read more
Slanted eyes and high cheekbones, tinged with red and formed with undeniably feminine delicacy, the art of Andrey Smirnov is an oil discourse on what constitutes the portrait of a lady. From regal Victorian ruffles to naked glimpses of slender shoulders, the pale elegance of Smirnov’s female characters portray both structured aesthetics as well as exotic departures from conventional beauty. Often placed in grandiose surroundings or against contrasting backgrounds, the Fauvist-like strokes of his brush increase the allure of his characters in the viewer's eyes and emanate an otherworldly vibe tinged with exquisite luxury.
Alternating between sharp control and blended spontaneity, the Russian artist is in full mastery of his medium, maintaining distinctive use of colour and form that brings to mind the drawn paleness of classical canons while maintaining a contemporary tangent that defies the frameworks of representational portraiture. The artist instils his characters with a captivating coalescence of quiet authority and fearless confidence. They are demure and coy, creating an appealing blend of what may be appropriated to a woman by different standards. The result is a transfixing image that allows the viewer to explore every feature and attribute, allowing one to glimpse perfection amidst chaos and figurative exaggeration.
Awards and Honours
2005 Certificate of Merit of the Russian Heroes Foundation, (for making a series of portraits for the Museum of the Heroes of Russia)
2004 Honorary Diploma of the Academy of Arts
Member of the Moscow Artists’ Union
Member of the Moscow Painters' Union
Member of the Russian Federation Union of Artists
1999 Tkachev Brothers Scholarship