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Anatoly Komelin

Born: 1953

member since: 2019


Anatoly Komelin is one of the most prominent living Russian sculptors. Born in Mari El republic, he has lived and worked in Moscow since 1981, moving to his outdoor studio in Tarussa every summer.
Initially working with clay and bronze, Anatoly Komelin created works in the framework of the figurative plastics tradition. Over time, in search for solutions to his formal and conceptual goals, he developed a unique ascetic figurative language. He started working with wood and natural stone, experimenting with conventional and later with abstract and primitive forms, defining the power and expressiveness of minimalist vocabulary.
In recent decades Anatoly Komelin’s work has separated into two directions: easel sculpture; and Biblical bas-reliefs, which he creates for Orthodox churches in Russia.
Anatoly Komelin lives and works in Moscow. His works are part of the collection of the State Tretyakov gallery (Moscow), Russian Museum (St Petersburg), MMOMA (Moscow), M’ARS Contemporary Arts center (Moscow), and in state art galleries in Vologda, Yaroslavl, Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Tarussa, Tomsk as well as in private collections in Russia and Europe.

1971 – 1976    studied in K.A. Savitsky Penza Art Academy 

“Anatoly Komelin and Nina Kukhtevich”, Dom skulptury (Moscow, 1986)
Sculpture Biennale (Riga, 1987)
“The group show of Moscow artists”, Central House of Artists (Moscow, 1990)
“Ivan Lubennikov and Anatoly Komelin”, Art-Modern Gallery (Moscow, 1991)
“Irina Starzhenetskaya and Anatoly Komelin”, Tarussa Art Gallery (Tarussa, 1991) 
Helsinki Arts Festival (Helsinki, 1991)
“Irina Starzhenetskaya and Anatoly Komelin”, West Art Gallery (Oslo, 1992)
“Irina Starzhenetskaya and Anatoly Komelin”, State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, 1993)
“Anatoly Komelin and Tatyana Khrycheva”, Art-Modern Gallery (Moscow, 1993)
“Irina Starzhenetskaya and Anatoly Komelin”, Kaliningrad Art Gallery (Kaliningrad, 1994) 
“Russian Collection. End of the 20th century”, Contemporary Art Center M’ARS (Moscow, 1994)
“Russian House”, Central House of Artists (Moscow, 1995)
SACRO-ART (Hannover, 1995)
“Irina Starzhenetskaya and Anatoly Komelin”, Manege Gallery (Moscow, 1996)
Art Manege International art fair, Manege Central Exhibition Hall (Moscow, 1996)
“Russian Collection. End of the 20th century”, Contemporary Art Center M’ARS (Moscow, 1994)
“The world of sentimental objects in images”, State Pushkin’s Museum of Arts (Moscow, 1997)
Art Manege International art fair, Manege Central Exhibition Hall (Moscow, 1998)
“Irina Starzhenetskaya and Anatoly Komelin”, Central House of Artists (Moscow, 1999)
“Objects and things”, All-Russian decorative Arts Museum (Moscow, 2003)
“Irina Starzhenetskaya and Anatoly Komelin”, Contemporary Art Center M’ARS (Moscow, 2003)
“Inhabited islands”, State Tretyakov Art Gallery (Moscow, 2006)
“Biblical motives in the works of contemporary artists”, Kuznetsky most 20 (Moscow, 2006)
“Pilligrimage to the land of East”, Manege Central Exhibition Hall (Moscow, 2007)
“Self-portrait”, Central House of Artists (Moscow, 2008)
“In the search of the invisible kingdom”, Shkola Dramaticheskogo Iskusstva (Moscow, 2008)
“Two in a Boat”, Russian Academy of Arts (Moscow, 2008)
“Parallel spaces”, Kuznetsky most 11 (Moscow, 2008)
“Anatoly Komelin”, Ryazan State Art Museum (Ryazan, 2008)
“Break edge”, Contemporary Art Center M’ARS (Moscow, 2009)

William Meyland. I. Starzhenetskaya, A. Komelin: exhibition catalogue. – Podolsk, 1987.
Myuda Yablonskaya. Sharp, alive, contemporary // Tvorchestvo. 1988. 
William Meyland. A. Komelin: exhibition catalogue. – Мoscow, 1987.
Alexander Rozhin. I. Starzhenetskaya, A. Komelin: exhibition catalogue. – Мoscow, 1993.
Elena Stepanyan. The time of catacombs has passed away // Art. 1994.
State Tretyakov Gallery: catalogue of the collection. – Мoscow, 1998
Olga yablonskaya. Us – performers // Artchronica. 1999.
State Russian Museum. Wooden Sculpture: catalogue of the collection. – St Petersburg, 2001.


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