MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE OF WORKS BY THE PEOPLE’S ARTIST OF RUSSIA VALENTIN SIDOROV: IN HONOR OF THE 90th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MASTER
Venue: Exhibition halls of the Russian Academy of Arts
21 Prechistenka street, Moscow
The major retrospective at the Russian Academy of Arts is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Valentin Sidorov, the People’s Artist of the USSR, Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, Laureate of State Prizes of the USSR and Russia, I. Repin State Prize of Russia. Organized by the Russian Academy of Arts, Administration of the Tver Region, Artists’ Union of Russia, the exhibition features more than 90 master’s works from the collections of the Tver Regional Picture Gallery, the Sarov City Museum, private collections.
The recognized master of landscape painting Valentin Sidorov belongs to the artists’ generation of the 1960s. Based on the deep knowledge of life his creative work is truly national, the artist has managed to create in the art of landscape his own image of Russia and through his “special colors” depicted the beauty and soul of Russian village.
Valentin Sidorov was born in the Tver Region. In 1948 he finished the Moscow Secondary Art School, in 1948-1952 studied at I. Repin St. Petersburg State Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, in 1954 graduated from V. Surikov Moscow State Art Institute.
Valentin Sidorov has been actively involved in the public and teaching activity. Since 1998 he headed the Department for Easel Painting in V. Surikov Moscow State Art Institute. Since 1987 was the Chairman of the Board of the Artists’ Union of Russia, at present he is an Honorary Chairman of the Artists’ Union of Russia and a member of the Writers’ Union of Russia (since 2003).
His talent has revealed itself not only in painting, but also in literature. Valentin Sidorov is an author of several books and numerous articles on problems of culture and art. The artist’s stories could be an interesting addition of words to his painting as they share the same mood dominating in his landscapes. His works are in collections of major museums in Russia and CIS countries, as well as international museums and private collections.
The creative, teaching and public activity of Valentin Sidorov has been appreciated by high state and professional awards, these are the “Order For Services to Motherland” of the 4th and 3rd ranks; the Order of Honor, Honorary Mention of the President of the Russian Federation; the Gold, Silver and “Shuvalov” Medals of the Russian Academy of Arts; the Golden Pushkin Medal “For Significant Contribution to Culture and Art”, Mickhail Sholokhov International Prize, Order of Francisk Skorina and others.