Table With Eggs

Valery Valran

About the Artist

Valery Valran was born into a middle class family in the Ukhtinusky Region of USSR (West of the Ural mountains) in 1949. In spite of an early passion for the arts, Valran realized early on that he would have to complete his academic studies in another subject, as the USSR held a bleak view of art as a profession, and the average salary of... Read More

Valery Valran

Valery Valran was born into a middle class family in the Ukhtinusky Region of USSR (West of the Ural mountains) in 1949. In spite of an early passion for the arts, Valran realized early on that he would have to complete his academic studies in another subject, as the USSR held a bleak view of art as a profession, and the average salary of artists reflected this discrimination profoundly. Hence, Valran was enrolled in the Leningrad Pedagogical Institute, the Mathematical Department in 1966. Nonetheless, Valran later moved on to pursue psychology instead. This field of academia had a particular appeal to Valran's character; as he consequently went on to pursue postgraduate studies on the subject between 1975 and 1979. Eventually, this lead Valran to receive a Ph. D in psychology from the Academy of Pedagogical sciences.

Nonetheless, throughout his academic pursuits, Valran was also continuously involved with artistic quests, which is shown through his involvement with the artistic community of Russia from 1972 onwards. Valran's early work was done in an abstract expressivity style and was heavily influenced by Pollock and Mikhnov-Voitenko. From 1975, Valran was deeply engrossed in still lifes and compositions of objects. 1979 saw Valran cultivating interest towards landscapes, mainly city views. Between the years of 1981 and 1985, Valran also became absorbed by portraiture. These various subjects of composition were all pursued with the same integrity and with the same level of artistic skill and the variety of subject matters allowed Valran to develop his own artistic manner, which he dubbed as being "archetypal still life". Archetypal still life evolved Valran's oeuvre in 1982 to develop into a kind of a "magical abstractionism".

Valran has been taking part in exhibitions since 1976 onwards, and overall has contributed towards more than 100 group exhibitions in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, USA and England.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2011 ART re.FLEX Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2011 Anna Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2011 Exhibition complex "Dialogue", Veliky Novgorod, Russia

2010 ART re.FLEX Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2009 Anna Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2005 ARKA Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2005 Yaroslavl Art Museum, Yaroslavl, Russia

2005 Arkhangelsk Art Museum, Arkhangelsk, Russia

2005 Gallery "Sam Brook", V. Vysotsky State Cultural Centre-Museum, Moscow, Russia

2004 Museum of Urban Sculpture, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2002 Gallery "Sam Brook", V. Vysotsky State Cultural Centre-Museum, Moscow, Russia

2002 The IV Festival of Art and Cinema, Nice, France

2001 Yaroslavl Art Museum, Yaroslavl, Russia

1999 Museum of the City History, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1998 Gallery "Art-Collegium", Saint Petersburg, Russia

1997 National Gallery of the Komi Republic, Syktyvkar, Russia

1997 Ernst Deutsch Theatre, Hamburg, Germany

1996 S.P.A.S. Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1995 Cultural Centre "East-West", Munich, Germany

1995 Palitra Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1995 Lantag Reiland-Pfalz, Mainz, Germany

1995 Kronborg Castle, Memmingen, Germany

1994 RoÅNmerhalle, Bad Kreuznach, Germany

1994 Cultural Centre "Alte Fabrik", Rapperswil, Switzerland

1993 Anna Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1992 Borei Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1989 Raab Gallery, West Berlin, Germany

1987 Club "Vodokanal", Leningrad, R.S.F.S.R.

1982 Library of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Leningrad, R.S.F.S.R.

1979 Leningrad House of Artists' Union, Leningrad, R.S.F.S.R.


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2009 Sea Level, International Festival of Independent Art, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2009 Russian Beauty, Centre of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

2008 Mailartissimo, A. Popov Central Museum of Communications, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2008 Power of Water, Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2006 Time of changes, Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2005 Maylartissimo–2005, the A. Popov Central Museum of Communications, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2005 The collage in Russia. 20th Century, Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2003 Avant-garde on the Neva River. The second half of 20th Century, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

2001 The Russian Abstraction. 20th Century, Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Selected Public Collections:

Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Museum of the City History, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Non-Conformist Art Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia; National Gallery of Komi Republic, Syktyvkar, Russia; RoÅNmerhalle, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; Museum of Modern Russian Art, Jersey City, USA; Tver Regional Picture Gallery, Tver, Russia Yaroslavl Art Museum, Yaroslavl, Russia; Arkhangelsk Art Museum, Arkhangelsk, Russia Anna Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House, Saint Petersburg, Russia; A. Popov Central Museum of Communications, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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