Nikolai Blokhin

 

Works of Nikolai Blokhin make a stunning impression from the first sight. Bright, sound colors complement each other exquisitely; his structured blending of color comes off as spontaneous and natural. Precise attention to detail catches your eye at the same time performing an important function in the entire composition. Blokhin demonstrates his solid academic drawing skills while remaining true to his creativity. His portraits, landscapes, single and multi-figure genre compositions have a magical quality that leaves a lasting impression in one’s memory.

Nikolai Blokhin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1968. His education in art began very early at the Art School for brilliant children in 1980. Three years after graduating from St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, and finishing his post-graduate practical training, Blokhin began his own teaching career. Today, Nikolai Blokhin is a Professor of Drawing at the Academy. 

Blokhin’s first serious success was in portrait painting. The artist stands on classical humanist traditions, according to which a human is considered an integral creation, i.e. his individual features can reveal a fundamental essence of his personality with all complexity of his psyche and biography. His portraits are influenced by Impressionists in their aspiration for casual condition and fleeting mood of a model that produces a feeling that is both natural and fresh. “I try to penetrate the person and capture his or her soul on canvas,” explains Blokhin. “The eyes and how they look are the most important part of the portrait”. His portraits retain parity between the real and conventional, the graphic and decorative, thus reminding about the Modern style.

Blokhin’s paintings are part of many museums and private collections. His works are well recognized by the general public as well as specialists in Russia as works of exceptional beauty. Among his many honors are the Grand Prize Award in the 2002 International Portrait Competition of the American Society of Portrait Artists at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Best of Show in the 2004 International Portrait Competition of the Portrait Society of America.

Born in 1968 St. Petersburg, Russia 
Education:
 

1980-1982 – Art School for gifted children

1982-1985 – St. Petersburg Middle Art School 

1989-1995 – St. Petersburg Academy of Art 

1995-2000 – Postgraduate studies of the Easel Painting studio under guidance of member of Academy, Professor Reihet

1995-2000 – Teacher of drawing in St.Petersburg Academy of Art 

2000-2016 – Professor of drawing in St.Petersburg Academy of Art 

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1996 – Member of the Russian Artists Union (RAU) 
2000 – Member of the International Federation of Artist (IFA) 
2002 – Member of the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA) 
2004 – Member of the Portrait Society of America (PSA) 
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1996 – Awarded the Russian Academy of Arts prestigious gold medal award for “Young Artist of the Year”  
1999 – Awarded Grand Prize in ” Window to the China” Exhibition/Competition, Russia-China  
2002 – Awarded Grand Prize in the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA) At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City 
2004 – Awarded Best of Show in International Portrait Competition of the Portrait Society of America,Boston,USA  
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40 – International Personal Exhibitions.  
Exhibitions:  
1989 – USSR, Leningrad “Young Artist of Leningrad” 
1989 – Finland, Turku “Varission Kirjasto”
1990 – USSR, Moscow “Young Artists of the USSR” 
1991 – Poland, Warsaw “Young Artists” 
1991 – USSR, Moscow ” Young Artists of Leningrad”
1991 – Indonesia, Jakarta The first Soviet-Indonesian Art Exhibition  
1992 – Russia, St. Petersburg “Personal Exhibition at the Cinema Center” 
1992 – France, Paris, ARCOLE  
1993 – Italy, Rome “Modern Art of St. Petersburg”  
1993 – Russia, St. Petersburg “Forum” Gallery  
1993 – England, London “Cultural Days of St. Petersburg”  
1994 – Germany, Hamburg ” Days of Russian Culture”  
1995 – Russia, St.Petersburg “Museum of the Russian Academy of Art” 
1995 – Russia, Moscow “Exhibit of postgraduate Artists from Moscow and St. Petersburg”  
1995 – USA, Chattanooga Tennessee “Expressions from Russia” 
1996 – Netherlands, Hague “Master Classes”  
1997 – Belgium, “Autumn of the Artist Union, St. Petersburg”  
1997 – Finland, Solo “Master Classes” 
1998 – China, Shanghai “St. Petersburg Artist’s Exhibition”  
1998 – France, Marseilles “Christmas Exhibition from St.Petersburg Academy of Art” 
1999 – USA, LasVegas “Art Expo-1999”  
1999 – USA, Carmel “Personal Exhibition”  
2000 – USA, New York “Art Expo-2000”  
2000 – USA, San Francisco “Art Expo-2000”  
2000 – USA, San Francisco “Richard Thomas Galleries”  
2001 – USA, Palm Springs “International Art Fair”  
2001 – USA, San Francisco “Art Expo-2001” 
2001 – USA, Chicago, Personal Exhibition “Hilligoss Galleries” 
2001 – USA, Park City “Cultural Program of the 2002 Winter Olympics”
2002 – USA, Palm Springs “International Art Fair”  
2002 – USA, New York City “Portrait Competition of the American Society of Portrait Artists(ASOPA) 
2002 – USA, Chicago,Personal Exhibition “Hilligoss Galleries”  2003 – USA, Las Vegas, “Galleria di Sorrento” 
2003 – USA, Carmel, “Classic Art Gallery” 
2003 – USA, Palm Springs, “International Art Fair” 
2003 – USA, San Francisco, General Consulate of the Russian Federation “Personal Exhibition” 
2004 – USA, Palm Springs, “International Art Fair”
2004 – USA,Carmel,”Classic Art Gallery”-Personal Exhibition  
2004 – USA, San Jose,California “Personal Exhibition” 
2005 – USA,Santa Fe,”The Downey Gallery”-Personal Exhibition  
2005 – USA,Chicago, “Hilligoss Galleries”-Personal Exhibition  
2006 – Russia, St. Petersburg, “Central Exhibition Hall of the Artists Union of St. Petersburg – Personal Exhibition 
2006 – Russia, Moscow, The Polytechnical  Museum – Personal Exhibition  
2007 – Russia, Moscow International Art Salon in the Central House of the Artist 
2007 – USA, Carmel, “Classic Art Gallery” – Personal Exhibition  
2007 – USA, Santa Fe, “The Downey Gallery” – Personal Exhibition 
2007 – USA, Chicago, “Hilligoss Galleries” – Personal Exhibition  
2007 – USA, Las Vegas, “Las Vegas Art Expo 2007” 
2008 – USA, Taos, Taos Art Museum & Fechin House – Personal Exhibition  
2008 – USA, Santa Fe, “The Downey Gallery” – Personal Exhibition  
2008 – USA, Laguna Beach “Forest Gallery” – Personal Exhibition 
2009 – USA, Chicago, “Hilligoss Galleries” – Personal Exhibition 
2009 – USA, Palm Desert, “Classic Art Gallery” – Personal Exhibition 
2009 – USA, San Francisco, General Consulate of the Russian Federation – Personal Exhibition  
2010 – Russia, St. Petersburg, Central Exposition Halls of The State Museum of The Russian Academy of Arts 
– Personal Exhibition  
2010 – Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod State Exhibition Hall – Personal Exhibition 
2010 – Monaco, Monte-Carlo, “Art Monaco 2010” 2010 – Russia, Kazan, The State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan – Personal Exhibition 
2010 – Russia, Moscow, Central House of the Artist – Personal Exhibition 
2010 – Russia, Voronezh, The  Kramskoy Regional Museum of  Fine Arts – Personal Exhibition 
2010 – Russia, Saratov, The Radischev Museum of Fine Arts –  Personal Exhibition 
2010 – USA, Palm Desert, “Classic Art Gallery” – Personal Exhibition 
2011 – USA, Chicago, “Hilligoss Galleries” – Personal Exhibition 
2011 – USA, San Francisco, San Francisco Art Fair  
2011 – Russia, Samara, Gallery “Babilon” –  Personal Exhibition 
2011 – Russia, Ekaterinburg, The Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts – Personal Exhibition 
2012 – Russia, Moscow, Exposition Hall of Federation Council of Russia – Personal Exhibition 
2012 – USA, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Fine Art Show
2012 – USA, Aspen, E. S. Lawrence Gallery- Personal Exhibition 
2012 – USA, Palm Desert, “Classic Art Gallery” – Personal Exhibition 
2012 – USA, Chicago, “Hilligoss Galleries” – Personal Exhibition
2013 – USA, Chicago, Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair 
2013 – USA, Chicago, “Hilligoss Galleries” – Personal Exhibition
2013 – USA, Chicago, “The Murphy Building Chicago” – Personal Exhibition 
2013 – USA, Palo Alto, “NB Gallery” – Personal Exhibition 
2014 – USA, Carmel, “Classic Art Gallery” – Personal Exhibition 
2014 – USA, Palo Alto, “NB Gallery” – Personal Exhibition
2014 – China, Shanghai, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA) 
2014 – China, Shanghai, Quan Shanshi Shanghai Art Center 
2014 – China, Beijing 
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Museum Collections : Russia, St. Petersburg “State Russian Museum of Arts”  Russia, St. Petersburg “Museum of Theater” Russia, St. Peterburg, The Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum 
Russia, Moscow, Politechnical Museum  
Russia, Kazan, The State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan  Russia, Saratov, The Radischev State Museum of Fine Arts in Saratov Russia, Voronezh, The Kramskoy Regional Museum of Fine Arts in Voronezh Russia, Samara, The Samara Regional Museum of Fine Arts Russia, Ekaterinburg, The Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts USA, Taos, Taos Art Museum & Fechin House 
USA, Jersey City, Museum of Contemporary Russian Art China, Beijing, Beijing Contemporary Art Museum  China, Beijing, Chinese National Gallery of Modern Ar Czech Republic, Prague, National Gallery in Prague Finland, Helsinki, Finnish National Gallery 
Gallery and Private Collections:  
Russia, Moscow “Parliament Center”  Russia, Russian Company  “Gazprom” 
China, Shenyang, Art Gallery of Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts 
Netherlands, “Prince of Orange Collection”  Belgium, “European Parliament”  
USA, “Finley Collection”  USA, San Francisco, “Richard Thomas Galleries”  USA, Chicago “Hilligoss Galleries”  USA, Park City “Richard Thomas Galleries”  USA, Carmel “Richard Thomas Galleries”  USA, The Award-Winning Studio of Long Grove Galleries  USA, Laguna Beach “Forest Gallery”  USA, Vail,”Fine Art Gallery”  USA, Santa Fee,”The Downey Gallery”  USA, Gearge and Sherry Demier USA, Dr. Carl Fieser and Dr. Merele Fieser USA, Gordon and Jeanne Van Amburgh USA, Anthony Quinn – Academy Award winning USA, Suzanne Somers – Movie star Russia, Maria Sittel – Television host Russia, Sergei Krikalev – Astronaut Russia, Nikolai Burov  – General Director of Museum complex of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral Russia, Mikhail Piotrovsky – General Director of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg 
Russia, Vladimir Menshov – Oscar-winning editor and actor. 
Many other works are found globally in private collections.