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Maximilian Presnyakov

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Nationality  Russian

Name  Maximilian Presnyakov
Maximilian Presnyakov
Born  1968Vladivostok, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Education  Russian Academy of Arts

Maximilian Presnyakov (Russian: Максимильян Анатольевич Пресняков; born 30 January 1968) is a Russian artist working both in traditional and experimental styles and movements (micro etc.); member of the Russian Union of Artists (1997).


Early life and education

He was born to a family of artists. He spent in Vitebsk about ten years. Here he attended a local art school; later he moved to Ryazan. After receiving a diploma at the Ryazan College of Art, he went to study in Moscow, at Surikov Institute, from which he graduated in 1996.

Art and research

Mythological and fairy motifs hold a special place in his work. Presnyakov combines fantastic themes with different genres and techniques (oil or watercolor painting, drawing, etc.); however, his works bear the author’s stamp linking together such diversity of styles and techniques. The artist described his style as "frameless" and "patternless":

Initially, I don’t try to keep any frames. I think many creative ideas could hardly be restricted by such patterns, but both realistic and symbolic movements appear in my works.

Presnyakov’s name is connected with development of so called micro-movement. The artist created his works microscopically (with a microscope).

Presnyakov is known as a theorist of ornamentalism. In 2010 he became a teacher at the High School of Folk Arts (Ryazan).

He participated in several RGO expeditions as the painter.


M. Presnyakov is known as the author of many publications and several monographs on art history and art education, e.g.:

  • Light and Image (2013; Russian: "Свет и изображение")
  • Ornamentalism in visual arts and structural properties of compositional thought (2013; Russian: "Орнаментализм в изобразительном искусстве и структурность композиционного мышления").
  • Selected solo exhibitions

  • 1997 in Vitebsk Regional Museum
  • 2006 Water Colours from Trips, Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk.
  • 2003–2004 in Konstantin Vasilyev Museum, Moscow
  • 2015 several exhibitions dedicated to an RGO expedition to Spitzbergen.
  • Selected group exhibitions

  • 2001 Generations in Art, the Netherlands
  • 2001–2002 Young Artists of Russia, Moscow.
  • 2010 Ornamentalism-2010, Ryazan.
  • 2010 ART Manege 2010, Moscow.
  • 2011 Transparency. Towards the Eternal Ice, the Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.
  • 2013 Soil and Spirit, the Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.
  • 2015 Golden Age of Russian Literature, Dresden, Germany.
  • References

    Maximilian Presnyakov Wikipedia