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Nikolay Rizhankov Aurora, Colorado

Nikolay Rizhankov was born in Moscow, Russia and lived in Armenia for most of his life. He studied fine art and Russian classical painting at the National University of Art in Moscow and graduated with a Masters in Fine Art in 1989. In 2013, he relocated to Denver, Colorado. Nikolay paints landscape, portrait and still life paintings in the tradition of the Dutch masters. He uses only the highest quality canvases, masterfully stretching them and applying a special primer that will last the test of time. This approach gives Nikolay’s paintings lively energy, warmth and mystery.

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    About The Artist

    Nikolay Rizhankov was born in Moscow, Russia and lived in Armenia for most of his life. He studied fine art and Russian classical painting at the National University of Art in Moscow and graduated with a Masters in Fine Art in 1989. In 2013, he relocated to Denver, Colorado. Nikolay paints landscape, portrait and still life paintings in the tradition of the Dutch masters. He uses only the highest quality canvases, masterfully stretching them and applying a special primer that will last the test of time. This approach gives Nikolay’s paintings lively energy, warmth and mystery.

    Artist Statement

    I paint to uphold the eternal beauty of classical fine art. Whether I am painting a simple still life or an elaborate portrait, I put all my heart into preserving the techniques of the Old Masters. I use classical Russian, Dutch and Flemish style techniques to depict the breathtaking beauty of the natural world. During my years in Armenia, I painted much of its lush countryside: Armenia's striking mountains, forests and valleys.

    I was born in 1960 in Moscow, Russia and lived in Yerevan, Armenia for the most of my life. I studied fine art and Russian classical painting at the National University of Art in Moscow and graduated with a Masters in Fine Art in 1989. In November 2013, I relocated from Armenia to Colorado. I currently live in Denver. I am currently working on landscape, portrait and still life paintings and the restoration of an old painting.

    In my first year of living in America, I was awarded 1st Place in Professional Oil Painting (Floral Category) in the 52nd Annual Fall Art Festival of the Glenwood Springs Artist's Guild. I was also honored with a Wildlife Appreciation award and another award for my miniatures. In 2015, the Annual Lone Tree Art Expo presented me with the Commissioner’s Choice award, in 2016 I received the Dick Blick Award at the Boulder Art Association’s Annual Juried Art Exhibition.

    Classical painting style and traditional techniques rule in my works. I never use the affordable and popular cotton canvas and acrylic primer, but only the high quality linen canvas, masterfully stretching them and applying a special primer in the tradition of the old masters. Not only do the paintings created on linen canvas stay true to the test of time, but they also have a smoother and more robust surface. This approach gives my paintings lively energy, warmth and mystery.

    I mainly work with oil paints and pastels, putting technique above all so that the natural beauty of my subject comes across in the most pure form. I also have a good feeling for other styles of painting which allows me to work on restorations.

    Artist Background

    Moscow State University
    Master of Fine Arts, 1986

    Hear What Collectors Say About Nikolay's Work

    J Adams 1/5/2020 | 3:57 PM

    J Adams Your fruit is so perfect as if ready to reach for it to eat. I will be following you now and will plan to find a favorite to purchase.

    Nikolay Rizhankov 10/12/2019 | 1:20 AM

    Thank you, Patricia and George! My sincere gratitude!

    G Trier 10/10/2019 | 7:28 PM

    Thanks Nikolay, we love your Summer Evening ! with Best wishes, Patricia and George

    Nikolay Rizhankov 11/18/2016 | 2:11 AM

    Thank you so much, I'm so glad that you like my painting!

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    C Moore 11/17/2016 | 3:43 PM

    Mr. Rizhankov, this painting - "Pears" - is beautifully done. I especially admire the soft, fuzzy texture of the peach. Well done!

    Nikolay Rizhankov 12/17/2015 | 11:52 AM

    Dear Jean! Thank you kindly for your attention! We have two landscapes on the way to UGallery, I hope you could see them today! :)

    J Green 12/17/2015 | 11:08 AM

    Please please please. Paint more oil landscapes! I'd love to see more of your creations and am certain that i would be seriously interested in acquiring one!

    commentsApples
    L Davis purchased this artwork. 5/2/2015 | 1:08 PM

    The painting is beautiful, I love it! Thank you!

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