Nikolay Sazhin

Nikolay Sazhin

About the Artist

Sazhin's idiosyncratic works are easily distinguishable from all others within the Erarta collection. Following a formal classical education, Sazhin was able to refine his technique in such a way that he was able to adapt it to his revolutionary subject-matter, whilst still being true to his artistic aims.

One of the distinctive... Read More

Nikolay Sazhin

Sazhin's idiosyncratic works are easily distinguishable from all others within the Erarta collection. Following a formal classical education, Sazhin was able to refine his technique in such a way that he was able to adapt it to his revolutionary subject-matter, whilst still being true to his artistic aims.

One of the distinctive aspects of his artistic manner, is the recurring form of languid pears and erotic forms. These almost echo O'Keeffe's work in the 20s and 30s, but in a contemporary setting. The tonalities of the works are more profound at darker shades, and the way in which Sazhin manages to keep the viewer breathless with anticipation, whilst only engaging in four shades at most in his works is very impressive.

One of the stupendous aspect of his works is that they are simultaneously abstract yet figurative, without giving the impression of being discordant. His works such as 'Two' seem to be hold a series of images which allude to representation of objects within nature, such as frogs, but somehow manage to remain abstract.

On a biographical note, Nikolay Sazhin was born in Troisk, part of the Chelyabinsk Province in 1948. Consequently to an extensive interest in the art and fine art in particular, Sazhin went on to graduate from the Serov art school, one of the dominant artistic establishments at the time. Having graduated from the Serov school, Sazhin went on to be accepted and flourish at the Repin Academy of Fine Arts in the graphics department. Accordingly, the artist graduated in 1978, and sent on to teach and inspire young talents at the Serov art school up till 1989.

Sazhin's unique teaching methods and wide-spread popularity with his students saw him being welcomed as a guest lecturer at Washington State University and Reed College in Portland, Oregon. These high-profile teaching positions between 1989 and 1990 ensured that Sazhin was accepted as being an honorary professor at the National Academy of Art and Design in St. Petersburg from 1997 onwards.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2010 Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg,

Russia

2008 The Museum of Applied Arts of the State Saint Petersburg Academy of Art

and Design, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2008 ART re.FLEX Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2004 The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2004 The Museum of Urban Sculpture, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2000 Modern Art Gallery «Avrora», Tver, Russia

1999 Museum of Nonconformist Art (Pushkinskaya, 10), Saint Petersburg,

Russia

1997 Palitra Art Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1995 State Art Gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia

1994 Palitra Art Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1994 Exhibition Hall «Fiodor», Sestroretsk, Russia

1993 Mars Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia

1993 Davidson Art Gallery, Seattle, Washigton, USA

1991 Exhibition Hall «Fiodor», Sestroretsk, Russia

1991 Diaghilev Art Center, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1991 Davidson Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA

1988 Museum of Art and History, Vyborg, USSR

1988 Lenfilm Motion Picture Studio, Leningrad, USSR

1988 Carolyn Staley Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

1985 Sverdlov Culture Palace, Club «Vernisazh», Leningrad, USSR

Selected Public and Private Collections:

The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Russian National Library. Saint Petersburg, Russia

Akhmatova Museum at Fontanny Dom. Saint Petersburg, Russia

Central Exhibition Hall «Manege». Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg State University. Saint Petersburg, Russia

Museum of Nonconformist Art (Pushkinskaya, 10). Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Pushkin Fine Arts Museum. Moscow, Russia

The State Art Museum. Tallinn, Estonia

The Regional Art Gallery. Novosibirsk, Russia

The Regional Art and Historic Museum. Ryazan, Russia

Zimmerli Art Museum. New Jersey, USA

Erotic Art Museum. Hamburg, Germany

The State Museum of International Art. Beijing, China

Versailles University. Versailles, France

Republican Art Museum of Karelia. Petrozavodsk, Russia

The Diaghilev Art Center. Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Contemporary Art Museum. Sosnovy Bor, Russia

Urban Architecture Museum. Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Regional Art Gallery. Tver, Russia

The Kasteev State Art Museum. Almaty, Kazakhstan

The Kustodiev Art Gallery. Astrakhan, Russia

The State Museum of Contemporary Art of Tatarstan. Kazan, Russia

The Regional Art Museum. Tomsk, Russia

The Vereshagin Art Museum. Nikolaev. Ukraine

The State Art Gallery. Magnitogorsk, Russia

Museum of Russian Academy of Art. Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Regional Art Museum. Murmansk, Russia

Sazhin's works can also be found in private collections in Russia, France, Germany, USA, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Japan, China.

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Artwork

Untitled (Cocoon)

Untitled (Cocoon)

Untitled (Purple)

Untitled (Purple)

Untitled (Purple Cell I)

Untitled (Purple Cell I)

Untitled (Purple Cell II)

Untitled (Purple Cell II)

Untitled (Orange)

Untitled (Orange)

Twins. Deteriorating. Part 1

Twins. Deteriorating. Part 1

Twins. Deteriorating. Part 2

Twins. Deteriorating. Part 2

Gothic Landscape

Gothic Landscape

Two

Two