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Artwork by Mihail Chemiakin

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About the Artist

(Born 1943) "Mihail Chemiakin was born in Moscow, grew up in occupied East Germany, and returned to Russia in 1957 where he was admitted to the Special High School of the Repin Academy of Art in Leningrad.   In 1967, the artist founded the St. Petersburg Group and developed the philosophy of Metaphysical Synthesism, dedicated to the creation of a new form of icon painting based on the study of religious art of all ages and peoples.

In 1971 he settled first in France, then moved to New York City in 1981. In 1989, the return of Chemiakin's work to post-Communist Russia began with the first exhibition of his work there since his exile. Subsequently, he continued to show his work there and has installed three monuments in St. Petersburg, to Peter the Great, to the Victims of Political Repressions, and to the Architects and Builders of St. Petersburg.

In Moscow, Chemiakin's fifteen-figure sculptural ensemble, Children - Victims of the Sins of Adults, was commissioned by Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov as a gift to the city and dedicated in 2001. In London, Chemiakin's sculpture commemorating Peter the Great's embassy to England in 1698, stands on the banks of the Thames River. In New York Chemiakins Cybele, the Goddess of Fertility, stands on Prince Street in SoHo. A sculpture from the Carnival at St. Petersburg series is on permanent display in Paris, and a version of Peter the Great is in the collection of the Chateau de Vascoueil - Muse Michelet in Normandy, France.

Chemiakin's work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum (New York), the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Sao Paolo Museum of Art (Brazil), the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, Yad Vashem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art, as well as smaller museums throughout Russia and the United States." above was excerpted from a biography for the artist appearing on the Ro Gallery's website.