Onessimo Fine Art

Anton Arkhipov


Born in 1964 and raised in Moscow , Anton Arkhipov descends from a genealogical tree of several generations of artists, musicians and actors.  His father, Michail Arkhipov, a well-known dissident artist, belonged to a group of artists of the rough style from the 1950's-70's.  His mother, Tatiana Vtorova, an impressionist artist, descends from a famous dynasty of Russian artists, sculptors, and architects such as A. Benua, E. Lancere, Z. Serebryakova.  Anton was brought up in an artistic environment where various schools and trends from Russian Realism of the 19th century to 20th century Avant-garde and Contemporary art were represented.

Educated at the Surikov College of Fine Arts in Moscow , Anton advanced with a promising talent learning skills in drawing, painting, plastic anatomy, and the history of art. Throughout his education Arkhipov’s fascination and influences evolved from the Impressionist masters, particularly Van Gogh, Cezanne, Renoir, and Claude Monet to the Russian Avant-garde artists of the 1920’s and 30’s. He graduated as one of the top students in his class from the Surikov College of Fine Arts in Moscow .

Arkhipov showed his paintings in government-sponsored, formal social realist exhibitions until 1987 when he began to show nontraditional work in “underground” exhibitions with a young group of artists called “Kovcheg” ( Ark ). During this time, Anton began working on restoring church icons, murals, and frescoes in search of his own soul and style, free of any political or popular trends.

As a result, his art became recognized in countries in Western Europe , Italy , England and Spain where he had several exhibitions. In 1990, Anton moved to America where he has continued to this day to pursue an ever evolving quest of representing humanity and its undying spirit on canvas, bronze sculptures and other forms of media.

Today, Anton Arkhipov’s works are shown in many galleries across the country, and are found in private collections around the world.


Arkhipov's Autobiographical Statement

"One of my first memories is of my very small hand mimicking the movements and brush strokes of a much larger and more experienced hand. From the age of three I grew up in my father’s studio painting. He trained my eye to see color, my hands to draw figures and my spirit to create my own vision.  From a young age, I attended one of the most prestigious art schools in the world which built the foundation for a successful career later on.  I began showing my paintings in several exhibitions in Moscow, and when I was 26 years old, a European art agent discovered me and I had my first one-man exhibition in Barcelona, Spain. 

In 1990, I visited New York without any plans to stay but ended up living in Manhattan for a year and a half as my career in America began to develop and expand. I eventually moved to the West Coast and began establishing myself and my art in a growing number of galleries. From the time I started my training in my father’s studio, I understood that art is my way of communicating with the world and my therapy in dealing with the trials of life; and as a result, I have been fortunate enough to earn a living painting everyday.  As the child of a very old artistic family, I strictly adhere to the values taught to me.  Foremost of those values has been to be honest with myself and never to compromise as an artist. I try to paint as a child does, with nothing to prove and with effortless and honest beauty. I do not dissect or analyze or judge what I paint nor do I belong to any type of artistic movement. 

Furthermore, I do not view my art as a collection of individual paintings and sculptures but rather as a single piece of art yet to be finished; and time will judge my efforts, hopefully by human values instead of just artistic values because, in the end, my art defines my life as a human being and not simply as an artist.  My pieces have always reflected the emotions and spirit of my life and as of today, I can be bold enough to say that I am shamelessly happy in both my professional and personal life as one can surmise. For the past ten years, I have lived with my three dogs, two cats and beautiful wife who endlessly support me in every endeavor. I paint in a studio which I have filled with all kinds of books, music and antiques where time has its own realm and the canvas is my conscience just as it was in the studio where I followed my father’s hand. I consider it my shrine and spiritual retreat where I refine my art and myself to be a valuable contribution to our world."

Anton Arkhipov

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