...If one tries to define in a few words what distinguishes Konstantinov’s art from others, then, most likely, there are only three words: submergence, trust, merging.
Yuri Konstantinov is a painter, first and foremost a painter, although in this book his graphics and his literary experiments and theoretical notes on Art are presented. Konstantinov is a painter for whom the external world is a constant source of creativity. There are not that many people for whom trust in the outside world defines their own path.
Returning to the philosophy of the 20th century which nurtured us, the representatives of the generation of the 1980s-1990s, one has to disagree with the view oints recognized in the years of youth as unshakeable truths: our worldview is based on our prior knowledge of the world. Konstantinov’s art places this postulate in doubt: his knowledge depends on the constant scrutiny of the surrounding world, all of his knowledge is practical, it came to him not through upbringing, education, but from observation of the world.
His knowledge is intuitive. Isn’t it for this that people come to painting? The Lord endows everyone with different talents, one reads, one speaks, writes, one runs faster than the rest, one sees. And amongst the latter even fewer are those who can transmit the visible accurately and with care, striving not to splatter the novelty which comes with each moment of observation.
Irina Y. Tchmyreva
PhD, of the AICA member
Born in the settlement of Priozerniy in the Altai Region.
1982-86 Studied in the Novoaltaisky Art College. In the studio of V. A. Ramensky.
1987-93 Studied in the Moscow State Academic Art Institute n. a. V. I. Surikov. The Faculty of Monumental Painting, in the studio of professor Y. K. Korolev.
1993-94 Creative and teaching probation period in the Moscow State Academic Art Institute n. a. V. I. Surikov, in the easel painting studio of professor N. P. Hristolubov.
From 1997 Member of the Moscow Union of Artists.
Lives and works in Moscow
1994 Exposition in the painting department of the Moscow State Academic Art Institute n. a. V. I. Surikov
1996 Gallery “Kranisch”, Zurich, Switzerland. Gallery “Virtz”, Winterthur, Switzerland. Gallery “9a Steiner”, Zurich, Switzerland
1997 Gallery “Virtz”, Winterthur, Switzerland.
1998 The Central House of Artists, Moscow 1999 “House, Clouds, Flowers”, The Central House of Artists, Moscow
2000 Gallery “Kranisch”, Zurich, Switzerland.
2001 The Central House of Artists, Moscow
2003 The Central House of Artists, Moscow
2005 The Moscow Union of Artists. The Gallery of Pictorial Art, Moscow
2006 - "The world of painting" (Moscow, Central House of Artists, the organizer - Moscow Union of Artists).
2007 - exhibition in the gallery Salon Russe (London, UK).
2008 - "75 years of Moscow Union of Artists" (Moscow, Central House of Artists); "Russian province" (Moscow, the Picturesque Gallery of Art); "BRIDGE. 20 Moscow painters "(Moscow, the exhibition hall of the Moscow Union of Artists).
Artist works are at private collections of Russia, USA, Switzerland, Japan, France, Germany, England, Canada, etc.