Connecting two continents and two centuries via commitment to traditon and realist painting.
A Common Vision
What started out as a group of artists who shared a strong common vision for art, has now become a successful National traveling exhibition: Realism Without Borders. “Showing together paintings by soviet and contemporary American, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French artists we want to connect two centuries and two continents via commitment to traditions of the realist painting. The message of this exhibition - realist painting has no borders. Art is eternal and beautiful and belongs to all!” - Akhmed Salakhly, REPIN ART and Gallery Russia
The group of artists, from all over the world, with a profound love of painting, believe in the successful combination of objective traditional training with extremely personal and subjective work. Art based on traditional training with expressive and personal paintings. As one of the founding members Antonin Passemard shares: “We share an admiration of “realist” art, especially Russian works, because they were the only ones to keep up the realist tradition when the world was going “modern”We believe in keeping up the tradition of realism and impressionism in our modern world”. To further clarify their aim and scope, fine artist and author/editor Vanessa Rothe adds “Realism is the base of our works, we paint representational subjects, often en plein air or alla prima. However, we paint with a slightly Impressionistic flair as the application of light and bold visual brushstrokes are also an integrate part many of our works.”
This diverse and talented group of painters from all over the world have had traditional training from such schools as the reknown St Petersberg Academy of Arts, (Repin Institute), Penza Art Institute, the Kharkov Art Institute in Russia, Beaux Art school of Auxerre, France, Laguna College of Art and Design, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco in California, just to name a few.
They have exhibited in top exhibitions worldwide from St Petersberg, to Paris, to Los Angeles and have impressive resumés as well as strong bodies of work. The group also believes firmly that art is for the people. As the “Wanderers” (Repin, Levitan...), their aim is to have a travelling exhibition in order to touch a wide and diverse audience. They realize that they could never reduce themselves to just one geographical area and wanted to reach a vast array of people, so they decided to make the show a travelling exhibition. “.
CURATED BY Akhmed Salakhly, REPINART, Gallery Russia and Scottsdale Exhibition Gallery.
Akhmed Salakhly was born in 1969 in Soviet Union. He graduated in art theory and history department of St-Petersburg Academy of art (The famous Repin Institute). He worked as a Director of the information center at St-Petersburg academy of art, art-critic and art-dealer for Gallery Russia. He is the owner of Repinart- The famous collection of the soviet and contemporary Russian and Ukrainian realistic art. He is also the curator of project Realism Without Borders.
Antonin Passemard Artist/Founding Member, (French)
Antonin was born in 1984 in Auxerre, France. He was raised and educated in France at the Beaux Art school of Auxerre. Antonin's impressionistic paintings reflect his artistic vision of the world around him. He is a very active member of the project Realism Without Borders.
Vanessa Rothe Artist/Founding Member, (American)
California editor of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.
Vanessa Françoise Rothe grew up in the artists colony of Laguna Beach, CA, the daughter of a well known German clothing designer Detlev Rothe, and her French mother Jacqueline Ricaud. She received fine art scholarships to study at the University of San Diego, Laguna College of Art and Design, and has had classical training with private instructor/workshops in the Ateliers of France and Italy. Vanessa has been honored to exhibit alongside some of the Nations most well known painters and has had many successful solo exhibitions at Wendt Gallery in Laguna Beach, along with a strong list of group shows including the prestigious "Artists for a New Century" at The Bennington Center for the Arts, the Annual American Impressionist Society Exhibition, Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction, and California Art Club exhibitions. A Signature member of the American Impressionist society, She is also honored to be the California Regional Editor of the Nationally acclaimed art collector magazine FINE ART CONNOISSEUR as well as a contributing writer for Plein Air magazine. Vanessa is proud to be the Author/Artist of a brand new series of art books produced by Walter Foster Publishing, the leader in art instructional books, "An Art School Approach to Oils" sold at book and art stores worldwide.
Denis Sarazhin (Ukranian)
Born in Nikopol, Ukraine in 1982 . He attended the Kharkov Art and Design Academy, graduating in 2008. He specialized in painting and was a pupil of Ganozkiy V. L., Chaus V. N., and Vintayev V. N. Sarazhin was awarded with the 1st Degree Diploma Award for Excellence in Painting from the Ukrainian Art Academy. This prestigious national award is only given to an elite group of graduating students from all the nations top artistic institutions. Since 2007 he has been a member of Kharkov’s section of the association of Ukraine’s Artists’ Alliance. Sarazhin’s work can be found in the Ukraine, Russia, China, Great Britain, and the United States.
Valery Shmatko, (Ukranian)
Born in the industrial city of Kharkov, Ukraine in 1965. After finishing art college, he gained acceptance into Kharkov Art Institute and graduated in 1988 with degrees in painting and in painting restoration. As a student, the young artist participated in numerous exhibitions at the Institute. His first major show, however, was in 1991 when he participated in a group show at the Kharkov Museum of Art. Shmatko’s works have also been exhibited by the Donetsk Art Museum and in private galleries in Kharkov, Kiev and New York.
Shmatko considers his works to be realism and he prides himself in the accuracy of his paintings and their understandability. He says his inspiration is at its peak when he is painting the beauty of his native Ukraine. He seeks total harmony among the form, tone, space and color in his works. His peers consider Shmatko a master of color. Critics have said, "his palette contains an infinite number of shades and tones layered in a sophisticated, yet subtle manner".
Shmatko lives and paints in Kharkov. His works are in collections throughout the world.
Ulrich Gleiter, (German)
Born in 1977 in (formerly Western-) Germany. After initial undergraduate studies at the Academy of Fine Art at Dresden, Germany, he transferred to the Saint Petersburg Repin Institute. In 2010, Ulrich made his first travels as an artist to the United States, participating in Plein Air exhibits, mostly in California and Colorado. In 2011, his work recieved recognition in a full-feature article in the first edition of PleinAirMagazine as well as in SouthwestArt later that year. In early 2013, StreamlineArtVideo will release an instructional DVD. Recent shows include the Coors Western Art exhibit in 2012 (and 2013) and a solo-show at Gallery LEO.COPPI (2012) in Berlin, Germany. He is represented by Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO; Karen Hagan Gallery in Charleston, SC and Gallery LEO.COPPI, Berlin, Germany.
Artem Tolstukhin, (Ukranian)
Born in the Crimea (Ukraine) in 1981.
He graduated from the famous Simferopol Art Institute named after A. Samokish.
In 2006, he was accepted at the Kharkov Academy of Design and Arts, Restoration department.
He graduated from the Academy in 2011. He is a member of the All-Ukrainian Young Artists Union since 2008.
He participated in multiple Ukrainian exhibitions of young artists including the "Exhibition of Young Kharkov Artists″ in Gallery Maestro in 2011.
Artem is one of the leaders of the association of young Kharkov artists ″Degrazh.″
Artem′s works can be found in private collections within Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France and the United States.
He has made a series of murals and participated in the restoration of several churches in Ukraine and Russia.
Sergey Kovalenko, Ukranian
Contemporary Ukrainian artist who works and keeps the tradition of Soviet Ukrainian painting. He was born in Konotop, Ukraine in 1980. He graduated from the Kharkiv National Pedagogical University's Graphic Department in 2006. In 2011 he graduated from the Kharkov Academy of Arts and Design, and shortly after began teaching in the painting department. He is considered one of the youngest and promising teachers of the academy
Sergey is known as a master of plein air sketches. His landscapes of Ukrainian places like the Carpathian Mountains and Crimea are painted boldly, with a loose brushwork and interesting composition. His works are kept in private collections of Ukraine, Russia and USA.
Boris Gladchenko (deseased, Russian)
Born in 1929 in Leninsk, Volgorad region. The first art education the artist had was in art school in the town of Leninsk. He finished art school in 1945. In 1957 he finished the Savitsky art college in Penza, and had taken part of exhibitions since 1958. His works are in the Penza Gallery and in private collections in Russia, England, Germany, and France.
Irina Novikova, (Ukranian)
Born in Kommunarsk, Ukraine in 1963. She received an undergraduate degree in Bryansk, Russia, in music with a specialty in classical violin. She then spent the next five years studying fine arts and crafts in Bryansk under the guidance of the noted art teacher, Viktor Vorobev.
Novikova continued her education at the prestigious Repin Institute in Leningrad where after five years, her final diploma work received the highest grade. Today, she lives and works in St. Petersburg where she continues to be inspired by her love of music, philosophy and literature. Since 1994, Novikova has participated in numerous group and one-person exhibitions throughout Russia, Asia and Western Europe. A few of her exhibitions include: