Andrei Kioresku was born December 26, 1964 in St. Petersburg. He graduated in 1988 from Art College and in 1994 from St. Petersburg Art University in Mouchina. Andrei received his diploma in 1995 from the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. The artist’s works are among private collections in Europe, America and Russia. Mr. Kioresku presently resides in St. Petersburg.
Andrei Kioresku's style could be characterized as subjective realism or post impressionistic - reminiscent of Gaugin or Cezanne. He experiments with texture and materials in order to achieve beautiful colors. Andrei states that “my task is to combine the emotion of Levitan and the language of Gaugin with my own imagination in order to create beautiful Russian landscapes.” Even though the artist often travels to his native Urals Mountains for inspiration, he never paints on site. Reality does not dictate his expression. Andrei paints only from his imagination and tries to convey his desire for a world of peace, beauty, and harmony between humankind and nature. In this vein, he is an ideal romanticist. He wants his paintings not to shock, as does the revolutionary, but to give joy, happiness, and optimism - the hope that life will go on and never finish.
Andrei, his wife, Natasha, and their two children, Masha and Fyodor, live in St. Petersburg. His “master-skaya,” or studio, has views of the city's main cathedral, Kazanskiy, Cathedral of Divine Mother.
The process used by Andrei in preparing his canvases is at least 300 years old by great masters such as Da Vinci. Andrei uses heavy canvas material such as jute or burlap to achieve texture. This material (usually rice sacks) was also used by Gauguin for the same purpose. The irregularities, seams, and slubs in the material are retained for interest and lend themselves to the primitive nature of same themes.
After stretching and stapling the fabric onto the bars, Andrei applies one or two coats of gelatin substance (animal glue) to seal the porous canvas. After thoroughly drying, a coat of gesso is applied. After drying and lightly sanding, two or more coats may be added depending on the weaver and texture of the fabric. The process usually takes two or three days and produces a smooth, white canvas with a very distinctive character.
The Meyer Gallery is pleased to be Andrei Kioresku's exclusive American representative.