Mihail Chemiakin  (Russian, 1943) 

Mihail Chemiakin (Russian, b.1943) was a prominent member of the Soviet Nonconformist movement. In 1967, Chemiakin founded the St. Petersburg Group of artists, and developed the philosophy of Metaphysical Synthesism, dedicated to the creation of a new form of icon-painting based on the study of religious art of all ages and peoples. The research begun in the 1960s into the art of all ages and peoples has developed into a collection of millions of images organized into technical, historical, and philosophical categories, which has earned the artist five honorary doctorates, and is the basis for his Institute of the Philosophy and Psychology of Art. He works in a broad range of media, from drawings to monumental sculpture, theater and cinema, and on themes ranging from the theatrical to the philosophical.

Chemiakin’s theatrical work began in 1967 with a production of Shostakovich’s opera The Nose at the Studio of the Leningrad Conservatory. He has since produced numerous ballet’s with the Mariinsky Theater.

In 1971, Chemiakin was forced out of the USSR by the Soviet authorities. He settled, first in Paris, and then moved to New York City in 1980.

In 1989, the return of Chemiakin’s work to post-Communist Russia began with the first exhibition of his work there since his exile. Subsequently, he installed four monuments in St. Petersburg, to Peter the Great, to the Victims of Political Repressions, and to the Architects and Builders of St. Petersburg.

Chemiakin’s Cybele: Goddess of Fertility was installed in 1993 in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. One variation on the monument to Peter the Great is on permanent display in Normandy, another in Loches, France. In 1998, Chemiakin’s Monument to Giacomo Casanova was installed in Venice in honor of the bicentenary of Casanova’s death. Dialogue between Plato and Socrates, a memorial to Professor Harold Yuker, is installed at Hofstra University in New York. In 2001, he inaugurated a monument commemorating the tercentenary of Peter the Great’s visit to London on the banks of the Thames, and a monumental sculpture composition Children—Victims of the Sins of Adults in Moscow. His latest exhibitions include Sidewalks of Parisat the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, and A World in Drops of Water at the Museum of Water in St. Petersburg.

The artist has been awarded numerous prizes, such as Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (France 1994) and State Prize of the Russian Federation (Russia, 1993). He is Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of San Francisco, the Academie Europeene des Arts in France, and the Russian State University of the Humanities in Moscow. Chemiakin’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the United States, Russia, France, Poland, and CIS countries.

The artist lives and works in Russia, the United States, and France.

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Mihail Chemiakin, Jeu De Mains


Mihail Chemiakin
Jeu De Mains

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Mihail Chemiakin, Le Baiser


Mihail Chemiakin
Le Baiser

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Mihail Chemiakin, Metaphysical Bust


Mihail Chemiakin
Metaphysical Bust

Marina Ochakoff Fine Art
Mihail Chemiakin, The Precipice ("In the other world love games continue...")


Mihail Chemiakin
The Precipice ("In the other world love games continue...")

Mimi Ferzt Gallery
Mihail Chemiakin, Mother and Child in the Rain


Mihail Chemiakin
Mother and Child in the Rain

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Mihail Chemiakin, Gallant Scenes, Casanova hurries to a tryst, late in the evening...


Mihail Chemiakin
Gallant Scenes, Casanova hurries to a tryst, late in the evening...

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Mihail Chemiakin, Runner


Mihail Chemiakin

Mihail Chemiakin, Theatrical Series: Gardners Rats


Mihail Chemiakin
Theatrical Series: Gardners Rats

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Mihail Chemiakin, Bottle


Mihail Chemiakin

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Mihail Chemiakin, Carnaval à Saint-Petersbourg


Mihail Chemiakin
Carnaval à Saint-Petersbourg, 1977
gouache on paper laid on panel


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Mihail Chemiakin, Мужчина и туша


Mihail Chemiakin
Мужчина и туша, 1972
watercolor and ink


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Mihail Chemiakin, Метафизическая композиция с натюрмортом


Mihail Chemiakin
Метафизическая композиция с натюрмортом, 1979
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1943   Born: in Moscow, Russia
1971   Classical Spanish Epigrams, Book Illustrations, Gold Medal, Venice, Italy
1971   Exiled from Russia; Moved to Paris, France
1981   Moved to New York, NY
1984   Honorary Doctorate, University of San Francisco, CA
1987   Honorary Doctorate, L'Academie Des Arts Européen, Paris, France
1989   Art of Russian and the West, Magazine, Publisher and Editor
1993   Government Prize of Russia by decree of President Boris Yeltsin
1994   Order de Chevalier des Artes et Lettres, by Minister of Culture, France
1996   Honorary Doctorate degrees from Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, and University of Kabardino-Balkaria, Nalchik, Russia
1998   Gold Medal, To One Deserving, by the Imperial Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow, Russia
2001   Golden Spotlight award for best work by an artist in the theater, St. Petersburg, Russia
Petropol prize for unique contribution to the culture of St. Petersburg, Russia
2002   Golden Mask prize for best work by an artist in the theater, for “Nutcracker”, Moscow, Russia
Baltika special prize for best original work in the theater, St. Petersburg, Russia
2006   Masters of Humor & Satire, Sloane Gallery of Art, Denver, CO
2005   Metaphysical Heads & Busts, The Museum of the Imagination, Hudson, NY
2004   Monsters in Art, The Museum of the Imagination, Hudson, NY
Portraits, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY
pen, ink, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY
2003   The Hand in Art, The Museum of the Imagination, Hudson, NY
The Reaper: Images of Death in Art, The Museum of the Imagination, Hudson, NY
Mariinsky Theater 1783-2003: Theme and Variations. Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2002   Chemiakin’s Nutcracker, Museum of Private Collections, State Pushkin Museum of Art, Moscow, Russia
Rats and Cheese, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1999   Illustrations to Pushkin’s “Rusalka”, Hoover Institute, Stanford University, CA (solo)
Angels of Death, International Art Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1998   The Theater of Mihail Chemiakin, Bronze, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY; Museum of the Automobile, Moncalieri, Italy (solo)
Harmony in White, Artswalk, Hudson, NY (solo)
Metaphysical Heads, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA (solo)
1997   Mihail Chemiakin: St. Petersburg Period, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1996   Angels and Figures, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1995   Mihail Chemiakin: Sculpture, Painting, Works on Paper, Objets dArt, The Central Exhibition Hall, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; The State Tretyahov Gallery, Moscow, Russia; Bolshoi Theater, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia (solo)
1994   Ledreborg Castle, Lejre, Denmark
1993   Angels of Death, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Mihail Chemiakin: The Metamorphosis of Illusion, Mitsukoshi Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Barocco, Trianon Palace, Versailles, France
Cybele; Goddess of Fertility, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1990   Keepers of the Flame: Unofficial Artists of Leningrad, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
1989   Mihail Chemiakin: New York – Moscow, Central House of the Artist, Moscow, Russia (solo)
1988   Galerie Nichido, Tokyo, Japan
Bowles-Sorokko Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Beverly Hills, CA
Borghi & Co. Gallery, New York, NY
1987   Musée de Trianon de Bagatelle, Paris, France
1980   Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1979   Sao Paolo Museum of Art, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Museum of Art, Bochum, Germany
1978   Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
1977   Unofficial Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
1976   La Peinture Russe Contemporaine, Palais des Congres, Paris, France
1971   Saint-Petersbourg 71, Galeria Dina Vierny, Paris, France
1969   Elaine Benson Gallery, Long Island, NY
1964   The State Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg, Russia
  Dostoevsky Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  Museum of Art of the Lithuanian SSR, Vilnius, Lithuania
  Yokohama 21st Century Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
  Hudson River Museum, New York, NY
  Yad Vashem Memorial, Jerusalem Museum, Bochum, Germany
  Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France
  The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of Art, Russia
  Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2000    Bass, Ilya and Alan Lamb. M. Chemiakin: A View of the Artist Through the Media, 1962-1999 , Woollyfish Imprints, 2000