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Igor Vasilyev

Igor Vasilyev

Igor Vasilyev (26.05.1941-Moscow-21.06.1997 Riga)- outstanding master of sculpture portrait.

Igor Vasilyev was born in Moscow. In 1953 moved to Riga where lived his grandmother, sculptor Olga Penerdgi. He considered Moscow sculptor animalist Vasily Vatagin to be his first teacher and mentor. At the age of 13 as an exception he was given the right to attend courses at the Department of Sculpture of Latvian State Academy of Arts. He studied there officially after school and graduated in 1962. He taught there as assistant professor and professor (1987).

I. Vasilyev held personal exhibitions in Jurmala (1971) Moscow (1973, 1981) India (1983) Riga (1988).

He was accepted as member of the USSR artists Union in 1963.

He visited many countries but had special liking for India, where he got attracted with oriental and Indian philosophy and sacred themes. I. Vasilyev is a grand master of monumental sculpture and his masterpieces decorate many cathedrals in Latvia and the USA.

His later works on biblical themes are remarkable for their spiritual depth and emotionality. His compositions adorn many churches in Latvia and the USA.

Igor Vasilyev: ‘In the depths of my heart I worship classical art and I believe I am continuing its traditions. My purpose in art is to express spirit and music in sculpture. Sculpture should be the embodiment of musical resonance’.

Igor Vasilyev. Photo by Laimonis Stipnieks.

Игорь Васильев о себе и современники о нём (по материалам Интернета)

Список основных работ Игоря Васильева

Илья Дименштейн. Лучшая работа Игоря Васильева

Илья Дименштейн. Ангел-хранитель скульптора Васильева


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