Brief biography of the artist Mikhail Shemyakin
The man in black, a crazy artist, a hermit, and at the same time a genius sculptor. And all this about Mikhail Shemyakin. The greatest artist of our time, who managed to change people’s perception of modern art.
The future painter was born in 1943 in the family of an officer and spent almost all of his post-war childhood with his father. From an early age, he was trained in the basics of military Affairs and by the age of eight he was shooting on an equal footing with the soldiers. The father was proud of his son, pinning the brightest hopes on him. But Mikhail did not want to join the military. He was attracted to painting.
And it all started with a black-and-white reproduction of van Gogh, which made a deep impression on the young creative nature. From that moment on, Misha, who was already not brilliant with knowledge, gave up his studies altogether. He was interested only in art, and was ready to hold a pencil for hours without being distracted by anything. As if plunging into your own world.
After school, despite his father’s objections, he entered the Institute of painting, sculpture and architecture, from which, for ideological reasons, he was expelled, but continued his studies independently, copying paintings by famous artists of the Hermitage.
Soviet ideologists saw in the works of Shemyakin devilry, for which he was placed in a psychiatric clinic, where he spent about three months. The use of psychotropic priories completely discouraged the artist’s craving for creativity. After returning home, he could not hold a pencil for a long time. And only the care and love of people close to him, helped him return to painting.
The next stage for Shemyakin was hermithood, which lasted several years. Everyday difficulties and lack of housing tempered Mikhail’s character, pushing him to new creative heights.
In 1971, Shemyakin was expelled from the country and lived in France until 1980, then in the United States. It was abroad that he managed to become a world-famous artist, but he never forgot about Russia. And most importantly, I never forgot about my equally famous friends, many of whom, unfortunately, are no longer dreams. Among them are Savely Kramarov and of course Shemyakin’s close friend Vladimir Vysotsky.
I must say that Shemyakin is not only an outstanding artist, but also an equally outstanding sculptor. Even at the Institute, Mikhail was faced with the question of what to choose, sculpture or painting…? Surprisingly, he was able to do both equally easily. Therefore, the sculpture in the work of Shemyakin takes not the last place. His famous monument to Peter the Great on the hare island of the Petersburg fortress once made a lot of noise about its proportions. But, according to the artist, he created his Peter, starting from the faces of ancient Russian icons, considering that the ratio of 1: 20 is most suitable for creating such a majestic nature as Peter the Great.
Another type of art that Shemyakin is engaged in is the creation of tombstones, but only for friends and relatives who have passed away. What is the headstone of Kramarov created by Shemyakin in memory of a friend. Real masterpiece. In General, the theme of death for Mikhail Shemyakin as an artist occupies a certain place. He often said: “I’m not afraid to die, I’m afraid not to have time to do what I planned…”. And indeed Shemyakin is a man with an amazing energy of the Creator. I would like to wish him to please us with his creativity as long as possible.