Vladimir Pentjukh


Vladimir Pentjukh's Biography

Vladimir Pentjukh was born in February of 1965 in Penza, Russia. In 1989 he graduated from the Penza art school of K.A. Savitsky. From there he went on to attend the Kharkov Institute of Arts and Industry, from which he graduated in 1995. He produced the painting “Northern Spring” for his diploma work. Pentjukh now lives in Penza and works as a teacher in the Penza art school of K.A. Savitsky. In 1996 he became a member of the Russian Union of painters. Since 1998 he has been a member of the board of directors of the Penza regional department of the Russian Union of painters.    Vladimir Pentjukh's paintings may depict shabby village houses, granaries, piles of logs, a road going to the horizon, flocks of clouds, or horses among stack. His paintings allude to bare, timeless essentials. The painter works according to the traditions of the Russian realistic landscape style. His influences include A. Savrasov, V. Polenov, I. Levitan, V. Serov, K. Korovin, L. Turzhansky, A. Plastov, and V. Stozharov. Exposing the escaping beauty of the northern world while thinking about its rather unclear, ghostly future, the painter touches upon the spectrum of ecological problems – both ecology of nature and ecology of culture. This makes his works especially urgent. The author's seriousness prepossesses. There is not a trace of parlor attractiveness in his works. They are beautiful, inspired, and present subtle color decisions.    His themes include a house with a straw roof or an old wicker fence. But one should note that these rarely-touched sights do not prevail in Pentjukh’s Ukrainian landscapes. He wants at least one such place to exist, not because the past is more precious or interesting than the present, but perhaps these visions of the past have something solid, with a worthy historical background that helps it survive at present.    He loves to paint when the sun starts its way to the horizon. In those latitudes evenings are long, soft light streams from the sky slowing down coming of evening darkness, painting the grey wood of peasants' houses with wonderful colors. The deep, real calmness forgotten by people closed in the cities and beauty of natural spaces stimulate his imagination.      Sometimes landscape painters are upbraided due to a lack of action in their pictures. Pentjukh’s ability to overcome this criticism proves his mastery. Vladimir Pentjukh does not adapt himself to the circumstances, he formulates his position, "I do not want to create anything custom-built, no great idea, I do not think about career. I just want to live and enjoy my work." This is how he lives and works, generously sharing with us the wealth of his impressions, thoughts about life, and understanding of the true beauty of the universe.    Vladimir Pentjukh's works are kept in private collections in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, USA, Germany, France, China, India and other countries.

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