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Caucasia 110
Crimea 120
Crimea 177
Crimea 183
Dnepr River 003
Dnepr River 005
Dnepr River 008
Dnepr River 011
Dnepr River 020
Dnepr River 021
Dnepr River 033
Dnepr River 034
Himalayas 003
Himalayas 017
Himalayas 021
Japanese Sea 009
Japanese Sea 012
Kiev 032
Kiev 061
Pamirs 094
Pamirs 101
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Valeriy Grachov Paintings
Valeriy Grachov was born in Archangelsk, Russia on January 12, 1949 in the family of serviceman. He had fifteen personal exhibitions in Ukraine, two in Czech Republic (1994-1995) and also participated in 3 exhibitions together with other painters. The number of works belongs to some private collections in Ukraine and abroad, especially in Russia, USA, Germany, France, Finland, and Czech Republic.The paintings render author’s impressions collected from travels in Crimea, Caucasus, Pamirs, Tien Shan, Himalayas and also perennial experience of studying the cultures of India, China and Japan.As a painter and graphic artist he is involved in architecture and design of small forms. He has been also mastered computer graphics professionally for past three years.
He graduated from Kiev’s Institute of Engineering and Construction, the faculty of architecture in 1972.
Winner in discipline Photography at, Mercafir, P.zza Artom 12 - FIRENZE, Italy, 2005
Single Exhibitions:
1. The Institute of Experimental Designing, Kiev, Ukraine, 1975
2. The Union of Composers, Kiev, Ukraine, 1982
3. The Union of Composers, Kiev, Ukraine, 1984
4. The Union of Architects, Kiev, Ukraine, 1984
5. The Ministry of Geology, Kiev, Ukraine, 1988
6. The Club of Vasyutintsi Village, Chercassy Reg. Ukraine, 1989
7. The Palace of Sport, Kiev, Ukraine, 1993
8. The Ukrainian Art House, Kiev, Ukraine, 1993
9. The Museum of Shevchenko, together with S. Naberezhnih, Kiev, Ukraine, 1993
10. Rifle Club, Prague, Czech Republic, 1994
11. International Trade Center, Central Office of AUDI, Prague, Czech Republic, 1994
12. The Gallery “Fatherland”, Kiev, Ukraine, 1997
13. The Hall of Archive of Literature and Art, Kiev, Ukraine, 2003
14. The House of Actor, Kiev, Ukraine, 2003
15. The Art Gallery of Kiev-Mogylyan Academy, Kiev, Ukraine, 2004
Group Exhibitions:
16. State Planetarium, Kiev, Ukraine, 1995
17. The Ukrainian Art House, Kiev, Ukraine, 1996
18. China Jinshan (Shanghai) International Folk Painting Exhibition, 2005
Artist's Statement:
Valeriy Grachov was born in Arkhangelsk, Russia in a family of a military man. The childhood also passed there. The smell of a thawed snow became dominating accent of his emotional constitution, at that time he started to draw seriously a lot. His mum joked, that she had not mentioned what he started to do earlier - draw than speak or ski than walk. Often crossings with family accustomed him to a nomadic life.He graduated from architectural faculty of Engineering and Construction Institute in Kiev. After postgraduate study, understood that painting and only painting was his calling. Before that he seriouly dreamt of realizing in sculpture and music, in architecture and design. After first "walk" to Crimea the first mountain landscape came out. It was deeply imbued with energy of Tadjik Pamirs. That place later became his second native land. Everything that he came across and saw splashed out on canvases. That was an epopee of more than three decades.Valeriy Grachov’s art style can be expressed, as synthesis of Russian romantic realism (Polenov, Levitan) and Chinese medieval painting. In his youth the understanding of absolute unity of life had formed, and later it got conceptual acknowledgement in studying philosophy and different religions.The person with uneasy destiny, who absorbed energy of mountains, truly and naturally presents so accessibly and clearly a miracle of the Earth - mountains. The miracle, which powerfully forms spirit and will of an individual.These are pictures of a condition. A silent cool blows from "windows - pictures" where mountains seem such close and attracting, and still remain eternally cold and unapproachable...Recently even the manner of the painting has became east, short, just a stroke, in a full concentration. Thus “variants on a theme” appear. Work is done once, forever and without repetitions. Touching watercolors with views of Truhanov Island and flowers, white clouds and a snow of Finland, and rigid unapproachable mountains are incredibly contrastly rendereded in distemper and oil live in his workshop. As an individual, Grachov represents same "mix", the person with Slavic mentality and Eastern outlook. An incredible contrast in painting, outlook and a life.
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