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Vitalievich Alekseev

Russia • 1938−2012
Alekseev - Yuri Vitalievich Alyurvi was a Soviet and Russian theorist of painting, architect, painter, graphic artist, restorer and teacher.
He was born in Krasnoyarsk in 1938. In 1972 he graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute. Member of the Union of Architects since 1979, member of the International Association of Artists since 1994, full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
The author of numerous narrative paintings - historical paintings, portraits, landscapes, which innovatively reinterpreted the painterly traditions of different centuries.
Yuri Alekseev-Alurvi is a technologist-researcher of painting, author of 10 books on the technology and production of painting materials, author of more than 20 research and methodological articles. The works of Y. Alexeev-Aljurvi are often cited and recommended for study by students of art institutes. "Technology of painting: natural binders and solvents for painting", "Bases and primers for easel painting. The secrets of the craft of painting", "The art of painting old masters: technique, technology, recipes for making materials" - these and other books by the artist are of great interest to painters, restorers, and painting theorists.
Alekseev-Aljurvi left a big mark in pedagogy having educated more than one generation of painters, architects, restorers for many years of work at the Moscow Architectural Institute. In 1993, he created the Department "Restoration and Technology of Painting" at the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, which is quite established today in the restoration environment in Russia. According to the artist's memoirs: "I had to work a lot as an artist-stankovist in the technique of oil painting and as an experimenter. When I first began my career at the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, in the department of restoration of painting, as its founder and head, the Academy was young, the educational process in it was only just beginning to ripen. When I was creating the new department and trying to establish myself in some way, I wrote articles and books on the technology of painting and gave lectures to students from different departments. I spent hours in libraries and archives, pored over experiments in an ordinary workshop. I collected information on painting materials, and at the same time fine-tuned my artistic skills. During this time I gained experience as an artist-practitioner and artist-technologist, specializing in the field of painting materials.
From 1994 to 1999 Yuriy Vitalievich was the coordinator of the painting technology in the art decoration of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. For his services in the development of architecture and the art of restoration, Yuri V. Alekseev-Alyurvi was awarded high honors: the Krasnoyarsk Komsomol Award (1967) for the design and construction of the stadium in Krasnoyarsk. Awarded the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh, second class; Medal of Laureate of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
In the heritage of the artist more than 500 paintings and 800 drawings and illustrations for books.
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