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Born in Yekaterinburg in 1948, Guéorgui Chichkine graduated from the National School of Fine Arts and Architecture, where he taught drawing and painting for ten years. He is a prominent Russian portraitist who skillfully painted while peacefully resisting Soviet socialist realism. His specialty lies in his "pastel on special support" technique, which involves coating the canvas with a secret ingredient to enhance adhesion, valorize the pigment, and bring out the brightness of the pastel. This explains the unique arrangement of vibrant and brilliant colors in Shishkin's works. His compositions have captivated audiences, as he is also the designer of postage stamps for Monaco.

With themes focused on theater, opera, and ballet, Russian culture remains his primary source of inspiration. His greatest works have been exhibited in the Russian National Museum in St. Petersburg, including his triptych dedicated to the Russian poet, playwright, and novelist "Homage to Pushkin" and "The Time of Troubles," a massive painting depicting historical moments from Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov.

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 1987 - Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

  • 1994 - ADS Gallery, Paris, France

  • 1997 - Monaco Fine Art Gallery, Monte-Carlo, Monaco

  • 2000 - Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, France

  • 2001 - Museum of Impressionism, Auvers-sur-Oise, France

  • 2005 - ART3 Gallery, Paris, France

  • 2005 - National Theater, Luxembourg

  • 2006 - Forum Grimaldi, Monaco

  • 2009 - Pierre Cardin Theater, Paris, France, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes Seasons

  • 2010 - Paris City Hall, as part of the Year of Russia in France.

Group Exhibitions:

  • 1998 - "XXXIIe International Contemporary Art Prize of Monte-Carlo," Monte-Carlo, Monaco

  • 1998 - Museum of Fine Arts, Menton, France

  • 1999 - "Masters of Contemporary Portrait," Museum of Fine Arts, Menton, France

  • 2001 - "Ambassadors of European Art," Lincoln Center, New York, USA

  • 2006 - "Art en Capital," Grand Palais, Paris, France

  • 2009 - "Centenary of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes," Cultural Center of Paris, France

  • 2011 - Exhibition of the diptych "Adieux" and "Naissance" from the "Russian Dreams" cycle at the Cathedral of Monaco.

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