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October Issue 2003

Vadim Bora Gallery in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Russian Father & Son

The Vadim Bora Gallery in Asheville, NC, is presenting the exhibition, Two Generations of Russian Art, featuring landscapes by premiere Russian impressionist Vyacheslav Zagonek (1919-1994) and still-lifes by son Vladimir Zagonek (b. 1946). The exhibition will be on view from Oct. 24 through Dec. 14, 2003

Two Generations of Russian Art features the works of highly regarded father and son artists whose works are in the great museums of Russiathe Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Russian impressionist landscapes and grand still lifes by the Zagoneks will be shown for the first time in the Southern United States at Vadim Bora Gallery.

Both graduates of the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (the St.Petersburg Academy of Art), and both members of the Professional Artists Union of Russia, these two artists demonstrate the highest quality and harmony in the field of the famed Russian school of painting.

Father Vyacheslav Zagonek was an honored member of the USSR Academy of Arts and achieved the highest honor for an artist in the former Soviet Union and Russia as "Honored Artist of Russia." The artist was dubbed "The Poet and Singer of Mother Nature," by the Russian press and art history books. Besides the aforementioned museums, his works are in the State Gallery of Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Museum of Russian Art in Kiev, Ukraine. V.F. Zagonek is noted in history and text books as one of the premiere Russian impressionist painters of the Soviet and post-Soviet era.

His son Vladimir Zagonek, who continues to live in St. Petersburg, Russia, is chief docent and teacher at the Repin Institute. In 2002, he was named "Honored Artist of Russia" by Russian President Vladimir Putin. V.V. Zagonek was first known as a portraitist before he began his career in emotive still lifes that he is known for now.

Gallery owner and artist Vadim Bora introduces this second installment of Russian guest artists to coincide with the first anniversary of the gallery in November. "My aim is to introduce highly professional local and international fine art to Western North Carolina," says Bora. "The Zagoneks' work is of the highest quality in technical skill, style, and artistic merit. I have read about the father in my own text books as an art student. It is a pleasure to represent them here."

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/254-7959, or on the web at (www.vadimborastudio.com).

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