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
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.
Moscow State University
Master of Fine Arts, 1986