Dates: February 21 – March 17, 2023

Venue:  Exhibition Halls of the Russian Academy of Arts (21 Prechistenka street, Moscow)

The Russian Academy of Arts presents a solo exhibition of the People’s Artist of Russia, Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts Dmitry Sandzhiev timed to the master’s upcoming jubilee. Entitled “Insights” the exhibition showcases more than 100 works produced by the artist in various years.   

Dmitry Sandzhiev’s works are distinguished by impeccable compositions and rhythms, perfect harmony of color.  The fancy ornamentation, color symbolism, plant and animal motifs add to his works a sharp decorativeness and picturesque sophistication. The artist creates pictures using both traditional and unique author’s techniques, gold leaf, natural stones and crystals. Within the framework of an easel painting he depicts in his canvases and wooden panels fantastic worlds reflecting the harmonious beginning of all things.   

The deep associativity and metaphorical character of the artist’s creativity are based not only on his own life experience but also on the legacy of previous generations. His artworks implementing the ideas of unity and spirituality of the universe are resulted from his study of the art of ancient eastern and western civilizations, as well as the fundamentals of paganism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. The master is often inspired by mythology and epic which interpretations are combined in such series as “Myths of the Planet” and “Slavic Legends”. According to the curators, “the “Insight” exhibition is a gift for all those who see in art the bridge between the temporary and eternal, explicit and secret, human and superhuman”.         

Dmitry N. Sandzhiev was born in the family of the sculptor N.A. Sandzhiev, People’s Artist of the RSFSR, Honored Figure of Arts and Winner of the State Prize of the Kalmyk Republic. In 1974 Dmitry Sandzhiev finished the Yaroslavl Art College and in 1975-1981 continued his education in V. Surikov Moscow State Art Institute. In 1981-1984 he upgraded his skills at the Creative Workshop of the USSR Academy of Arts under O.G. Vereisky (1981-1984), later he was appointed as the Head of the Creative Workshop for Graphic Art of the Russian Academy of Arts. Since 1989 his solo exhibitions were organized in Sweden, since 1994  - in Russia. In 1996 the first major solo exhibition of Sandzhiev’s works  took place  in the Central Artist’s House in Krymsky Val (Moscow) and in 1998 there was  one more major retrospective of his works there. His solo exhibitions were also held in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, China and the USA. The artist’s  easel works are in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), Metropolitan Museum (USA), the State Museum of the  Oriental Art (Moscow), the National Museum of Kalmykia, as well as in private collections in Russia, France, Germany, USA, Mongolia, Bulgaria. 

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