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Arseny SEMEONOV
(1911 - 1992)

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Semeonov was born January 23rd, 1911 in the village of Maksimovo near Vitebsk.
1926: He came to Leningrad to study painting and entered a studio run by the Artist Association of Revolutionary Russia, while at the same time working at a battery plant in the foundry. Later on he entered D.N. Kardovsky’s workshop at the All Russia Art and Industry School.
1937: The art committee sent him to teach at the School of Arts in Penza.
1939: He served in an armored unit, fighting at KHALKIN-GOL in the Far East.
1941-1945: He served in the army during WWII. He returned to Leningrad in 1947.
1947: He started his career as a professor at the Leningrad University of Arts and Crafts named after V. E. Muhina. He devoted the following 40 years of his life to teaching and his students and spent all his free time painting resulting in a sizeable heritage of artwork.

Since 1937 he participated in a variety of Art Exhibitions.
Member of LCRAU since 1947.
Painted landscapes, still lifes, and subject pictures.
Arseny Semeonov’s paintings are in Art Museums and Private Collections in Russia and throughout the world.

Arseny Semeonov’s life was his Art, which he used to express himself and his time. The latter does not manifest itself in any obvious way in his works, and the tonality of these invariably concordant with the period, in which he was living, and with the feelings and memories of his contemporaries who perceive Semeonov’s paintings as a kind of deja-vu art.
Semeonov was never in the subject of critics’ attention, primarily, because he made no effort to attract it. As a result, he did not become widely known, neither during his life time or posthumously.

Semeonov died in 1992, when changes in the atmosphere of Russian Art were at their peak, bringing about new ideas, new names, and pushing others - even though much better known - into oblivion.

If you get in touch with his paintings today and establish a relationship with his soul through his work, you will immerse into the atmosphere of past epochs when the artist disclosed the most surreptitious aspects of his life, including his dreams, his doubts, tiny joys, and major sorrows.

 
       

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