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Ivan Glazunov

Ivan Glazunov was born in 1969. He currently lives and works in Moscow. In 1994 he graduated from the V.I. Surikov Moscow State Art Institute (Ilya Glazunov’s Portrait Painting workshop), where he headed the Historical Painting workshop in 1997 as a professor. In 1998 he awarded the title Meritorious Artist of the Russian Federation. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Foundation A's collection features a number of exemplary works by Russian artist Ivan Glazunov. Over the years Anton Abugov has been providing his support to Ivan Glazunov’s exhibitions, and this has spiraled into a friendship backed up by shared esteem for the traditional Russian school of painting. Among the exhibitions supported by Foundation A are: "Once Upon a Time, Russia", Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2015); "Regained Images, Kept Meanings", Rostov Kremlin, Rostov (2014); "Save and Protect. To Save and to Protect. To be Safe and Protected", Romanov museum, Kostroma (2013); "Save and Protect" exhibition project, Vologda Regional Picture Gallery, Vologda (2010); "Ivan Glazunov: Russia in its Tradition", Schola dell’Arte dei Tiraoro e Battioro, Venice (2008).

Ivan Glazunov started his artistic career as a student and successor to the painterly tradition of his father, Ilya Glazunov. Today Ivan is an original artist, widely recognized both in Russia and abroad as a painter, an acclaimed master of church painting, as well as a teacher and initiator of numerous creative projects. His works are generally devoted to different aspects of Russian history and culture and include images of ancient Slavic mythology and folklore. Glazunov’s oeuvre is strongly influenced by the centuries-long history of his homeland and the Russian North in particular. Ivan himself puts it in the following way: "There are certain places that have a power to excite and speak to the heart of human nature. The Russian North is such a place for me. Its picturesque landscapes and unforgettable people help me better understand the meaning of tragic contradictions in our lives. It was the place where I felt the craving for a deeper perception of my native land’s history". Being an avid collector of folk art, Ivan Glazunov also introduced a specific subgenre of painting, female portrait in a national costume. He created a series of female portraits with the sitters depicted in amazing costumes boasting vibrant colors and traditional fashion, as well as gold and pearl embroidery. Ivan Glazunov is also a great contributor to the noble cause of the consolidation of Orthodox values. His frescoes can be seen in a number of restored and newly built churches all over Russia.

Exhibition Catalogue: "Ivan Glazunov: Russia in its Tradition", Schola dell’Arte dei Tiraoro e Battioro, Venice