Ilya Yatsenko

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Ilya Yatsenko
1975-Present

Ilya Yatsenko was born August 27, 1975 in the Moscow region town of Zelenograde. An art school for children opened up in his hometown of Zelenograde at which he had the fortune to be able to study. He was a member of the school's first graduating class. From 1990-1993, he studied at the Preparatory Art School for entrance to the renowned Surikov Institute under the guidance of Nikolai Kozlov and Leonid Bezsednov. In 1993 he was accepted to the Surikov Institute and studied under the now famous professors Fomkin, Danilichev, and Shotski, the latter two he studied with for two years. Later, he moved to the studio of the legendary Professor Zabelin, studying with him as well as his assistants Nikolai Dubavik and Alexey Sukhovetshy. He completed his Master's work and received rarely given perfect grades in 1999. During his time at the Surikov (in 1996) he was also an apprentice at the Stuttgart Academy of Art in Germany under professor Kinter. Since 1999 Ilya has been a member of the Moscow Union of Artists. Since 1994 Ilya has actively participated in exhibitions in Russia, Great Britain, Germany and the United States. From 1999 to 2000, Ilya taught figure drawing at the Preparatory School to the Surikov and at the Moscow Institute of Electronic Engineering. He lives and paints to day in Moscow.

Exhibitions partial list

Awards:(partial list)

•Award of Vavliova for excellence in scholarship, 1993
•Awarded "The Diploma of the Union of Artists' of Russia for Excellence in the Field of Painting" for successes in creativity and assistance to development of the fine arts of Russia, 2002
•Awarded the Russian State Presidential Award for outstanding paintings, 1997 & 1998
•Awarded the grant "Kunstler Weger 96" in Germany for outstanding painting, 1996
•Recipient of the Russian Ministry of Culture Award for excellence, 2000

Exhibitions:(partial list)

2003, First solo-exhibition in Zelenograde's City Hall


Artist Thoughts:

"Art is light to man and assists him to see the beauty of the world; it's unrepeatable and manifold meanings and depth. A painting or image captures our attention, a poor one turns us away from it, others hold our attention for some time, but there are special ones that contain something that makes us want to return again and again to enjoy them and reflect upon them. These mankind calls masterpieces."

"Painting for me is like life, and I seek to find something real and alive in it. My thoughts, desires, and inner world I try to reflect on the canvas. How I live is how I paint."