Poletaev Mikhail Anatolievich - painter, muralist
Distinguished artist of Russia
Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts
Mikhail Poletaev is representative of the contemporary Russian realistic school of painting.
The artist works in different genre, themes or styles. This peculiarity is due to his education: the Kalinin Moscow University of Industrial and Applied Arts (Fine painting department), The Moscow Higher School of Industrial and Applied Arts (former Stroganov, Murals department), Brothers Tkachevs’ Creative Studios in the Academy of Arts.
The artist works in the genre of the mural and panel painting, icon-painting, narrative painting, portrait, landscape, still-life.
In every monumental work (temple painting or secular painting) one can see a new technique which is somehow imposed by the architecture itself.
The search for the form and content in the easel painting guides the artist as to a decorative effect of the image as to its realistic direct understanding, or to a figuratively formal decision.
But the most characteristic feature of all his works is the commitment to an attentive dialogue with the nature and the tranquil commitment to the Beauty of our World bestowed us by the Creator.
Mikhail Anatolievich Poletaev was born May 13th, 1959 in the town of Orekhovo- Zuevo Moscow region.
1982 – graduated from the Kalinin Moscow University of Industrial and Applied Arts (Fine painting department).
1988 – graduated from the Moscow Stroganov Higher School of Industrial and Applied Arts (Murals department and the O.P. Filatchev’s studio - full member of Academy of Arts of the USSR).
1992 – a grant-holder of the Russian Academy of Arts studios under the supervision of national artists of the USSR A.P. Tkachev and S.P. Tkachev.
Mikhail Anatolievich Poletaev is a member of the Russian Union of artists from 1995.
Distinguished artist of the Russian Federation» from 2001.
2011 - a corresponding member of the Moscow Union of Arts (monumental section) and a corresponding member of the International Academy of Culture and Art.
2012 – a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
2001-2015 - an associate professor of the Drawing department in the Moscow Surikov State Academic Institute of Arts.
M.A.Poletaev is a permanent participant of international, Russian and regional exhibitions, including:
The First Moscow International Festival of Arts «Traditions and Today’s world» in the Central Exhibition Hall (CEH) «The Manezh», Moscow 2007;
«Light of the World» - an international exhibition of Orthodox Arts in the Central Exhibition Hall(CEH) «The Manezh», Moscow 2007;
Russian Arts exhibition «Monumental Arts in Russia», Moscow 2008;
Russian Arts exhibition «Russia-XI» - the Central Painter’s House, Moscow 2009;
«School’s Traditions» - a group exhibition to the 40th anniversary of Academic studios under the supervision of national artists of the USSR Alexey and Sergey Tkachev, 2013;
«Ship. A Journey through the Time and Image» - an exhibition project in the Museum exhibition complex of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tseretely’s Art Gallery, Moscow 2015;
«Russian Athos» - an exhibition dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of the Russian monasticism on the Mount Athos in the Museum-exhibition complex of Russian Academy of Arts - Zurab Tseretely’s Gallery of Arts, Moscow 2016-2017.
Mikhail Anatolievich Poletaev’s personal exhibition «Monumental Easel Painting» in the Russian Academy of Arts, 2011.
«Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh, 3rd degree» - 2004.
«Order of Friendship» - 2012 .
Medal «In commemoration of the consecration of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior» - 2001.
Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts "Shuvalov" - 2011.
Gold medal of the Russian Union of Artists «Spirituality. Tradition. Mastership.» 2014.
Medal "1000th anniversary of Russian monasticism on mount Athos". - 2016.
Numerous artist's works can be found in private collections in Russia, the Netherlands, Germany, the USA, Japan, Australia, England, Austria, France, China.