Since the mid-1970’s, Valery Kosorukov has gained world-wide recognition with exhibits in Russia, Austria, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Egypt, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain. His work is in the George Bush Presidential Library and Chevron USA as well as numerous other public and private collections. Kosorukov won the design contest for the Moscow International Ballet Logo for the U.S.S.R. Ministry of Culture and his shows in the legendary White Foyer of the Bolshoi Theater represent the artist’s sustained affection for the ballet. He worked closely with the great American dancer Fernando Bujones, for whom Kosorukov created stage scenery for nine ballets, including “La Bayadere”, “Giselle”, “Don Quixote” and “Nutcracker.” Kosorukov’s consistent homage to ballet became widely noted in the art world and he became known as “The Russian Degas.”
Born in Moscow, Kosorukov graduated with honors from Moscow State Surikov Fine Arts Institute. One of the world’s most prestigious fine art schools, he later taught painting and drawing there for over 25 years. As a student, Kosorukov chronicled the Bolshoi Theater in a series of unparalleled paintings and in 1966, his first art book, Ballet, was published by Soviet Artist Publishing. In 1988, Images of the Ballet was published by Fine Art Publishing and includes many of Kosorukov’s paintings from the 1970’s and 80’s. Mystery of Terpsichore, published in 1989 and illustrated by the artist, was printed in an edition of a hundred thousand copies while 2003 saw Kosorukov’s paintings extensively chronicled in International Artist Magazine as well as various periodicals in Russia, the U.S. and Europe.
Often associated with 19the century Russian portraitist Valentin Serov, Kosorukov’s imagery distinguishes itself through its exceptional visual eloquence. While he continues to develop his ballet theme, Kosorukov successfully works in other genres including portraiture, landscapes, and nudes. His canvases are filled with the play of light and color reminiscent of the Impressionists. With forceful strokes, dabbed paint and graceful lines that intuit chiffon, the artist studies shape, reproduces movement and muscle tension while creating moody interiors that recall the theatrics of a certain French master.