Nikolay Nikolaevich Smirnov is a unique artist widely recognized worldwide.
He was born in 1938 in Moscow in the family of Nikolai Smirnov and Irina Olenina, who belonged to a famous noble Russian family. He studied Philology at the Moscow State University, in the Art History department. After graduation Smirnov worked as a researcher at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art, and later became an editor for the “Izobrazitelnoe Iskusstvo” (Fine Art) publishing house.
Smirnov painted his first work “Flowers and Cards” in 1971, the creation of which commenced the unique genre of “historical still-life”, invented by the artist. Having painted a few more paintings in the next few years, Smirnov presented three of his works to the Moscow United Committee of the Union of Artists and Designers in 1977, which were accepted for the exhibition, and were a success with both spectators and buyers. He later left the publishing house and joined the Union of Artists and Designers.
Smirnov’s professional artistic career began at the age of 39. His painting technique is similar to that of the icon painting. The main narrative in his still-lives is the history of Russian Culture, reflected through objects from the past.
The works of Smirnov started to appear at Moscow exhibitions in the end of the 1970s and were a stunning success. Later, in the middle of the 1980s he participated in the most prestigious exhibitions in Basel, Dusseldorf, Tokyo and Paris, receiving the “Grand Gold Medal” in Japan for the best painting of the year. His works continuously receive the highest appraisal in international artist ratings and sell at record prices.
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