ART / August, 2020
Andrey Remnev -
Painter of Beauty
Women play an important role in Remnev’s paintings, often taking up a large part of the picture plan contrasted by a miniature town. This compositional technique makes the women look powerful. Remnev uses this traditional device of shrinking the space around the main character to give them a feeling of monumental importance, a technique employed by Renaissance artists.
The women in his paintings possess a universal quality of grandeur and mystery. Remnev explains, “My characters are not real women, but symbols.”
He is not looking to make his women have specific character traits, but to stand for a concept or ideal. Remnev believes that art in general is accountable for what it brings to the world. He wants his art to bring beauty to the world, to create a type of eternal beauty.
Born in a small town outside of Moscow, into a family of doctors, In 1983 he graduated from the Moscow Art School in memory of 1905, completed the Surikov's Moscow State Art Institute, where he was one of the first to write a thesis on a religion-related theme.
In 1996 he began an eight-year study of iconography under the guidance of the icon painter Fr. Vyacheslav (Savinykh) in Andronikov Monastery. He kept working on religious themes in 2000-2010: he painted the plafond of the chapel next to this monastery, as well as the large icon for the Diveyevo Convent.
In his own words the artist's technique is based on the combination of methods employed in the old Russian icon painting, Russian artworks of the XVIII century, composition methods of the "Art world" and Russian constructivism. The art historian Eugene Steiner characterizes Remnev as one of the extraordinary contemporary artists who can paint carnation. Remnev uses medieval painting techniques and makes natural paints on the basis of egg yolk.
Remnev combines the old with the new in his own unique style to create a statement about our modern world.
Just like Orthodox icon art, Remnev’s work is decorative, colorful and deeply symbolic.