On July 10, 2023 the Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, the Slovak artist and gallerist Andrej Smolak is marking his 70th Jubilee.
Andrej Smolak was born in Slovakia in 1953. In 1979 he graduated fr om the Philosophical Faculty of the University of P.J. Satarik wh ere he studied art and Russian language. In 1989 he completed his study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. The artist is known for his easel painting, watercolor landscapes and portraits. He authored hundreds of portrait images of his contemporaries, more than 70 solo exhibitions of his works were shown in various countries. Smolak has initiated a major project “Painted Equator Gallery” which goal is to create over 40000 pictures by artists and public figures from around the world for the sake of maintaining peace and friendship. Andrej Smolak is also a founder of several foundations for support to fine arts, opened an art school for lovers of art and a gallery in the city of Snina.
The Presidium and President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli have congratulated Andrej Smolak on his Jubilee. The Letter of Greetings, in particular, runs:
“Dear Mr. Smolak,
It is hard to overestimate your contribution to the promotion of Slovak art. The artist who has the ability to see what is hidden – you are an author of a vast gallery of portraits, chamber painting, landscapes, wonderful watercolors, which were presented at your numerous solo exhibitions in many countries. Your multi-sided talent, that revealed itself in the organization of international art festivals, in the establishment of a private art school for children and the school of painting for adults, Art Center for holding exhibition projects, establishment of the Foundation, Gallery and the Prize, as well as the international art project “Painted Equator” has been highly appreciated by numerous prizes and awards. The Russian Academy of Arts attaches great importance to your efforts in rapprochement of peoples of various cultures, strengthening of mutually beneficial contacts with Russian artists, preservation of the world cultural heritage for future generations and promotion of positive thinking through art.
On behalf of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Arts I would like to extend to you our congratulations on your Jubilee. I sincerely wish you good health, implementation of your future projects and realization of all that is destined”.
Zurab Tsereteli, President of the Russian Academy of Arts