Born: Moscow, Russia, 24-Dec 1960
One of the most creative, hard working and best selling Russian artists of his generation, Medvedev’s works are now in Moscow Tretyakov State Gallery and in many high profile personal collections around the world.
Andrei Medvedev has developed his own style, which has close connection to his authentic personality and his insight into people’s souls and psychology. Without leaving beauty behind, Andrei gives his paintings depth of thought, and questioning of themain forces present in all of humanity: good and bad, hope and fear.
The Russian artist has been painting since the age of four, when his grandfather first encouraged him to pursue and develop his talent. Now, as an adult, we can sense in his creations the strong influence and inspiration he found in artist Diego Velasquez, Medvedev’s most favored artist. The resemblance is most clear in observing Medvedev’s work and Velasquez’ greatest creation, Las Meninas.
Andrei dedicates his time to his art, his family, (especially his young grandson,) and doing Readings at the OrthodoxChurch he attends before 6am most mornings. His daily routine, full of love, splendor and spirituality, shine through in the creativity and sense of inner beauty of his works.
Through the eyes of his creatures, the windows to their souls, we can witness many things; uncorrupted innocence, vulnerability, irony and fate. Yet there is no denying the paradoxical element of humor, which is equally portrayed.
His figures talk to their on-lookers, inspiring relationships between them and us. With every meeting, we discover something new in their expression, be it light-hearted, or dooming.
“The space which he creates seems to be devoid of gravity, giving the impression that the individuals portrayed are floating above the ground. His compositions, the positions of his figures and the apparent lack of gravity provide his work with a mystery all of its own. The imperfections and strange juxtapositions summon up questions about our existence and the absurdity of life, but likewise the beauty of the glaring contrasts of the 21st century”Peter Van Rooy (German professor and art critic)
1987 UniskaitGalerie, Baden-Baden
Collections: The Tatiana Kolodzei Collection, Moscow.