Andrei Markin | Russian Figurative Painter

Andrei Markin | Russian Figurative Painter

Artist statement

I was born in a family of artists, so I knew the smell of paints since my childhood. My first models were my favourite toys. At first I drew pictures in pencil, then started to paint. I also had a lot of albums for colouring. Through colouring different pictures and patterns I leant to be assiduous and accurate in work. “Just paint within the lines”, – I kept telling myself.
Painting school. I entered painting school only not to lean to play the guitar. My parents had asked me to choose either to go on learning music or go to painting school. And I had chosen the latter. I wasn’t the best at the painting school. There were students who painted better than me. But I had a great advantage before them: my father was an artist. He helped me a lot with advice. We often talked about art and painting. And then I tried to realize his advice in my drawings.

Art College

I went to painting school for three years instead of necessary five years, painted a diploma all by myself and in 1991 after leaving secondary school in my eighth year (two years earlier than it was necessary to finish school) I entered Moscow Art College “In the memory of the revolution of 1905”, which my father graduated from. At the college my teacher was the Honoured artist of Russia Mikhail Kugach. Unfortunately, I was his student only for one year, but despite that I still remember and often use his advice on painting, drawing and composition.
The students I studied with were of different age, but all of them were very bright and talented. Three of us were thirty and seemed to me – a fifteen-year-old boy – very old. We learned from each other. Everyone wanted to be the first and did the best to achieve this. At first I wasn’t the brightest student in the group – which was the result of my uncompleted studies at the painting school – and I had to work hard to fill the gaps in my knowledge, but already half a year later I became one of the best students. Thus, it took me three years to learn everything I could at the art college and in the summer of 1994 I left the college and entered the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. My farther also took me to Surikov Institute of Art. But they told us that without having completed either secondary school or art college (I should say I didn’t finish either of them) they wouldn’t even look at my works. But the Academy was different: I was accepted there all at once. It seemed that all my dreams came true.

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