Artist Poyaganov Alexey Mihaylovich

Country: Russian Federation
City: Saint-Petersburg

Alexey Poyaganov was born in 1950 in Gorky (now called Nizhny Novgorod) and graduated with honours from the Gorky Arts College in 1976, having attained a qualification in teaching art. However, he did everything in his power to avoid a career in teaching because he wanted simply to be an artist; or, rather, an artist-cartoonist, because he draws at lightning speed. Alexey came to St. Petersburg by pure chance. In 1978 he was on his way to Kamchatka, called by the unsoiled landscape with its beautiful geysers, and in passing he happened to stop in St. Petersburg. Many things about the city appealed to him: the atmosphere of the cultural capital, where life moved fast and bristled with expectation at every turn; the treasures of the Hermitage and the Russian Museum, which filled him with awe; the romanticism of an artist’s life in the Soviet times, when it was necessary to hide from the authorities and when underground exhibitions were overseen by the Committee of State Security.

The perception of life as a game came to Alexey in the years when he worked at Lenfilm as a stage designer. At the end of the 70s he succeeded in making films with the famous Russian film director Alexander Sokurov, but soon realised that he wanted to work not for film, but for himself. The artistic part of his soul begged for self-expression; he wanted to embody on paper the ideas which were boiling inside him. Poyaganov’s creative work involves the continual development of eternal themes such as Adam and Eve, Bible stories, angels, and Don Quixote. He also shows the eroticism of a woman’s body in his multiple nudes, and the beauty of a man’s body in his portraits of antique heroes like Samson, Hercules and Odysseus. His creative energy is very fierce. “When the creative urge attacks it is as if something bursts open inside me, and I draw a lot very quickly until I am completely exhausted,” admits the artist. “Then a new wave of inspiration comes and again I want to fly into my work, into my creative dream, forgetting about myself”. Since 1987 Poyaganov has been actively participating in exhibitions. These include an exhibition at the Dyagilev International Centre in the Marble Palace in 1990, and one in the St. Petersburg Museum of Ethnography in 1992, as well as exhibitions in Stockholm and Tokyo. Poyaganov’s works can be found in private collections in the USA, England, France, Finland, Japan, Greece, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden and Russia. “My soul is groaning and grasping for larger scales, to take materials and bathe in paints, to disperse them and feel a symphony of colours and images,” says the artist Alexey Poyaganov.

Work list
Painting (Picture) : The tsar Solomon with concubines
2012 y. / 80x60 cm
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Painting (Picture) : David
2011 y. / 68x52 cm
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Painting (Picture) : Tsar Solomon
2011 y. / 65x37 cm
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Painting (Picture) : Jewish family
2012 y. / 89x68 cm
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Painting (Picture) : pacification
2006 y. / 29x40 cm
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