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Boris
Borisovich Serov

Russia 
1951−2008
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Born in 1951 in the village of Keys in Penza region. Grew up in a large family, was a quiet and undemanding child, very fond of animals. Walks to nearby places of interest awakened in him a sympathetic observation. Since then he has remained in love with nature. The animal world was for him a protected country.

In 1961. family Serov moved to live to Kazakhstan, in the region, the territory of which was the development of virgin lands (Kustanay region). At age 14 Boris Serov became interested in music, self-mastered musical notation and learned to play the accordion. Together with his older brother Anatoly, they participated in concerts at a local club. In his spare time, Boris loved to read tales of the world. Special fascination with childhood is the pictures in the books. As they grow older the beauty of the world more seized his soul.

In 1968 the Serov family moved to live in Ishim, Tyumen region. There he goes to study at the assistant driver of a locomotive, but the study did not, more likely its Manila painting. Boris goes to night school and entered the art Studio of the House of Culture. The first teacher was G. I. Sharapov , who introduced him into the circle of his skill and ability. The young artist reads a lot, studies from reproductions of old masters, tries himself in different genres. Appear the first works in pencil, watercolor, oil. He also deals with sculpture, graphics and mosaic. Looking intently in nature, he strives to capture its different States, a lot of work under the open sky.

In 1969 - 1971 Boris Serov was drafted into the Soviet Army. He served at the district headquarters in Novosibirsk senior clerk drawing and graphic works. Back in Ishim, he continues to paint in the art Studio, working as an artist in the cinema "Avangard", took part in exhibitions. In 1975. working as a graphic designer in signalling and communication. In this year he met his Muse and future wife, a young piano teacher, Larissa.

Boris Serov entered the faculty of fine arts Correspondence public University of arts (Moscow). His teacher was the artist A. D. Lukashevker. After graduating from the University, Boris wife and I are moving to Nizhny Novgorod oblast in the Volga, and in 1981 they have a daughter Alina. The artist continues to improve in drawing. He works a lot from life, studying anatomy, mechanics of movement, perspective and chiaroscuro. Boris has to work at night in a small cramped room that is a family, and a day to earn money. Canvases, at that time, served as bags for potatoes, which he pulled, taped and primed. His early work is quite poor in color and, nevertheless, the muted tones she already felt saturated colour groundwork that will break out in the Mature period of creativity.

In the early 90s Boris Serov moved to Moscow, where he is an Intern at the art workshop of the Exhibition hall "Belyaevo". Important were familiarity with the Moscow artists, seeking new paths in art: Katya Medvedeva, Valentine Khrushchev, Oleg Fedorov, Anatoly Lepin, Yuri Plisson. In this period of time he starts actively exhibit. Later, Boris Serov lives and works with a group of like-minded people in a free settlement of artists in krapivinskiy pereulok, where the assembled representatives of the Moscow underground: German Vinogradov (Bikapo), Burt Sizemskiy, Alexander Petlura and Mrs. Armour, Alexander Pepelyaev, Gregory Fain, Vladimir Chekasin, Yevgeny rein, Nina and Ekaterina Sadur, Vladimir Voinovich and others. It was a time of high creative achievements of Boris Serov. In 1993. he became a member of International Federation of artists of UNESCO.

In 1994-the creative trip of Boris Serov in Finland, after which his works remain in the "Arktinen Gallery" and "Gallery Rannan Matala". Many works acquired by collectors from USA, Italy, Germany, Israel and Russia.

In 1996 the Serov family moved to Moscow. In this difficult period the survival of the entire cultural environment of Russian society in the Serov family lacked funds for basic existence. The artist wrote a lot, gives work, failing their issue, to bring home some money. Gradually life is getting better and stabiliziruemost. One after another held his solo exhibitions in Moscow. Realization of creative plans, the artist was prevented by sudden death from a stroke, ended his life

Boris Serov remained in the memory of loved ones and colleagues as an unusually kind, honest, very humble and cheerful man, his whole life demonstrating creativity, spontaneity of perception of the world and the originality of artistic technique.

(Source: website of the Museum of naive art)

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