Mikhailovich Shemyakin (Kardanov)

Russia • born in 1943

Born in 1943 in Moscow, in 1956 he enrolled in secondary art school at the Academy of arts. Repin. Excluded from school for something that does not fit the norms of Socialist realism, in 1959 - 61 and Shemyakin, working as a laborer. He was subject to forced treatment in the experimental hospitals. In 1967, the artist creates the Group "St.-Petersburg" and writes, together with the philosopher Vladimir Ivanov, the theory of Metaphysical Synthetism on creating new icons based on the study of religious art of all times and cultures.

In 1971 Chemiakin was expelled from the Soviet Union. He lives and works in Paris, then in 1981 moved to new York. In 1989, takes the American citizenship.. Exhibited in Europe, USA, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong. The research started in the 60s, art of all times and cultures, develop a collection of millions of images organized thematically, technical, historical and philosophical categories.

The return of creativity Shemyakin in post-Communist Russia began with the first official exhibition of his works from the time of the reference, in 1989 Later, he continues to exhibit in the Rossi puts three monuments in St. Petersburg - Peter the great (1991), the Victims of political repression (195), Architects-first builders of St. Petersburg(1995): In 2001 it opened a monument to Children-victims of adult vices on Bolotnaya square in Moscow. To the 300 anniversary of St. Petersburg (2003) creates the Constantine Palace, the composition of the Royal walk.

Mikhail Chemiakin works in a broad range of techniques, from drawing to monumental sculpture, and theater and film. Themes of his works are also diverse, from the theatre of the grotesque to metaphysical studies.

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