Vladimir Nasonov

Landscape Figurative


Vladimir Nasonov was born 1957 in St. Petersburg.  After graduation from high school, Nasonov served for two years in the Russian Army where his natural artistic abilities were used to support the activities of the Russian Army.  Nasonov painted advertising posters to promote and enhance the image of the Russian Army and in the process discovered a deep desire to study to become a painter.


Nasonov found it necessary to support himself by working as a machinist in a factory as he began to study art and to paint.  Even though his artistic talent was recognized, Nasonov was directed into an athletic pursuit for his country and became a successful professional soccer player.


While enjoying his success as an athlete, Nasonov was learning what he most desired was to become a great artist. Self education in the history and techniques of great artists became his true passion.


Nasonov visited the Pushkin and Hermitage Museums and the National Tretjakov Gallery.  Elja Repim, Surikov and Vasnemmzov along with other 19th century artists inspired Nasonov as he discovered their abilities to capture the beauty and character of  their subjects.  Nasonov worked hard at this easel as he taught himself to master various traditional techniques.


As Nasonov read many art books, he became fascinated with the theories of the impressionists – their determination to study and capture light and nature with brush strokes that let the eyes of the viewer complete the impression of the composition.  Nasonov was influenced by Monet, Cortes, Blanchard, George Stein and Eugene Galien-Laloue.


Before 1985, the political structure of Russia did not permit artists to sell their paintings. Nasonov was so dedicated to his paintings that he found it necessary to sell some paintings on the street to survive.  This led to many arrests and subsequent fines from the local police.  Once, Nasonov and his wife traveled into Poland and Hungary; in one day, he sold a number of paintings.  Though quite pleased, the Nasonovs were concerned about getting the money back into Russia.  So they went on a shopping spree purchasing clothes, art books, and even a piece of furniture for their apartment.  These were exciting times for the Nasonovs.


Since that time, Nasonov has amassed an impressive library of art books, primarily through his USA art dealer.  Nasonov’s wife has said,” No more art books Vladimir, we need furniture!”.


After 1985, Gorbachev made it possible for artists to officially sell their paintings at outdoor markets set up in designated locations.  Collectors from the USA, Canada, Germany and France selected paintings for their personal and corporate collections.


In 1992, Nasonov’s paintings were discovered by a Russian born American art dealer and introduced into the United States. Nasonov’s paintings often depict street scenes with glistening wet streets and glowing city lights as people go about their daily lives. Another theme he masterfully paints is rural settings of people working in fields or walking through groves of trees enveloped in the beauty of nature.  Nasonov has the ability to captivate the viewer with his compositions that take one to a bygone era filled with romance and nostalgia.

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