Shura Petrov is a tremendous
Russian painter whose credentials include studying at the highly regarded
Serov School and the Institute of Theater, Cinematography, and Music,
both located in St. Petersburg, Russia. His paintings having been displayed
in galleries all over Europe and the U.S., Petrov has become an internationally
acclaimed artist. Along with museums exhibits in Russia, his work is
also found in many renowned private collections.
His style exhibits precision
and an attention to detail that renders images so real and so fantastical
at the same time that the viewer encounters both confusion and wonder.
His works embody an enigmatic dream world, which beckon to the viewer.
The subjects of his paintings partake in dramatic scenes and challenge
the viewer to discover the meaning behind the mysterious actions of
the figures. These actions range from magical to bizarre, sometimes
representing grotesque interactions and scenarios of human existence.
Drawing on his knowledge of art history, history, and theatrical design,
Petrov is a master of taking mythological and biblical subjects and
placing them in contemporary settings and contexts.
Petrov has developed an innovative
and complex style, drawing from the old masters as while at the same
time referencing the influence of his contemporaries. His creations
include incredible color and light - a sense that allows him to depict
such sensitivity and understanding for his subjects that they seem to
glow as showered in moonbeams.
2000-present Grant Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
Olga Dollar, San Francisco, CA
Russian Exhibition, Portland Community College
1998 Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY
Chetwynd Stapylton Gallery, Portland, OR
1997 Miami Art Fair, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, Miami, FL
Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
Kismet Gallery, San Jose, CA
1995 Art Fir Seattle, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA