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Igor & Marina

We have always been interested in the greatest mystery of the universe — time itself. Our life experience tells us that events occur in a certain sequence, but time is not always divided into past, present and future. Some physicists go even further, suggesting that time never runs out. It simply does not exist, it is an illusion. Instead of viewing time as a straight line, we can use our memories as a source for thinking about the future. It is very important. The human ability to travel through time in the imagination is the reason why we can do many things, such as planning the future or creating works of art.

In our opinion our new show, The Plexus of Time, perfectly illustrates our approach to the idea of ever-changing time, as in a single transparent capsule, the past, present and future are connected here, creating a sense of timelessness.

Biography

Working as a husband-and-wife team, the Russian-born duo Igor Kozlovsky and Marina Sharapova collaborate on each painting. Igor and Marina were rigorously taught the skills of the Old Renaissance Masters within their academic training at Mukhina Academy of Art and Design in St. Petersburg, Russia and learned to combine ancient and modern techniques with fluidity. As a result, the paintings are influenced by, and recall, a diverse spectrum of artists and eras: famous avant-garde figures like Chagall, Malevich, and Kandinsky as well as fifteenth-century Russian religious painters. Marina possesses an excellent subtle touch for realistic drawing and is capable of creating new images on the basis of the works of older artists, particularly those of the Italian and Dutch renaissance. Igor’s specialty is a subtle sense for color, a wonderful appreciation for the tactile nature of paint, canvas, and wood, and an intuitive feel for how to play with abstract images.

In each of their canvases we sense a narrative implied, but we always fall short of piecing it together—it’s like waking up from a dream. And just as dreams synthesize all manner of seemingly disparate material into cohesive experiences, so Igor and Marina blend the modern and traditional, the representational and the abstract—and indeed their own divergent personalities—into each finished painting. The figures in the artists’ paintings look at once contemporary and historical—they might be modern people garbed in costumes of the past; they might be past people plunged into the present. With their finely tuned sense of all that is enigmatic, seductive, and dreamlike in life, Igor and Marina wholeheartedly embrace their surreal perspective by forcing us to enter their invented new world.

Born

1956 Igor Kozlovsky, Slobodskoi, Kirov Region, Russia.

1960 Marina Sharapova, Leningrad, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia.


Education

1985  Mukhina Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia, M.F.A. (Both)

1976  College of Fine Art, Kirov, Russia, B.F.A. (Igor)


Awards

2006 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY.

2015  Adolph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation, New York, NY


Selected Two-Person Exhibitions

2023  The Plexus of Time, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

            Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2021  Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2020  Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2019  Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

2018  Flexible Parallels, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2017  American Academy of Arts, Visiting Artist, Chicago, IL

            Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016  RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2015  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014  KM Fine Arts Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

            Campton Gallery, New York, NY

2012  Campton Gallery, New York, NY

            Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2010  Campton Gallery, New York, NY

2009  Wall Street Journal, The Durst Organization (sponsor), New York, NY

           Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008  Campton Gallery, New York, NY

           Norteastern Illinois University

           Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL

           Campton Gallery, New York, NY

2007  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

           Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006  Campton Gallery, New York, NY

           Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL


Selected Corporate Collections

International Corporate Art (ICArt), Olslo, London, Miami • Regent Seven Seas Cruises, U.S.A. • The Colburn Family, U.S.A. • Mrs. Joyce Chelburg, Chicago, IL • Martha Stewart, New York, NY • S&R Foundations, Wachington D.C. • Newmark Knight Frank, New York, NY • Hendrix Allardyce, Los Angeles, CA • Sara Lee Corporation, New York, NY • The Durst Organization, New York, NY • Hollywood’s producers and actors, Los Angeles, CA • Bristol Meyers Squibb Company, U.S.A. • Alinea Restaurant Art Collections, Chicago, IL • Potash Corporation, U.S.A. and Canada • Governor of Tokyo, Japan

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Selected Artworks

Painted Cloud

Painted Cloud

Oil on Canvas

40 x 52 inches

23594

The Aviator

The Aviator

Oil on Canvas

40 x 40 inches

23589

Flighty

Flighty

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40 inches

23571

Masquerade in the Park

Masquerade in the Park

Oil on Canvas

64 x 81 inches

23570

Big Odalisque

Big Odalisque

Oil on Canvas

60 x 60 inches

23569

Erba del Sonno

Erba del Sonno

Oil on Canvas

48 x 64 inches

23568

White Dress

White Dress

Oil on Canvas

64 x 48 inches

23566

Lost Key on a Rainy Day

Lost Key on a Rainy Day

Oil on Canvas

57 x 46 inches

23565

Candle Light Dinner

Candle Light Dinner

Mixed Media Sketch on Paper

16 x 21 inches

23564

Moon at the End of The Road

Moon at the End of The Road

Mixed Media Sketch on Paper

34 x 22 inches

23560

AI / Carried Away

AI / Carried Away

Oil on Canvas

63 x 60 inches

23557

Seven Promises

Seven Promises

Oil on Canvas

65 x 82 inches

23556

Winged Shadow

Winged Shadow

Oil on Canvas

48 x 36 inches

220340

Five Striped Ladies

Five Striped Ladies

Oil on Canvas

Triptych 64 x 122 inches

130633

Paper Cones

Paper Cones

Oil on Canvas

50 x 48 inches

210669

Pavo Album

Pavo Album

Oil on Canvas

58 x 68 inches

210281

Born

1956 Igor Kozlovsky, Slobodskoi, Kirov Region, Russia.

1960 Marina Sharapova, Leningrad, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia.


Education

1985  Mukhina Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia, M.F.A. (Both)

1976  College of Fine Art, Kirov, Russia, B.F.A. (Igor)


Awards

2006 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY.

2015  Adolph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation, New York, NY


Selected Two-Person Exhibitions

2023  The Plexus of Time, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

            Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2021  Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2020  Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2019  Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

2018  Flexible Parallels, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2017  American Academy of Arts, Visiting Artist, Chicago, IL

            Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016  RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2015  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014  KM Fine Arts Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

            Campton Gallery, New York, NY

2012  Campton Gallery, New York, NY

            Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2010  Campton Gallery, New York, NY

2009  Wall Street Journal, The Durst Organization (sponsor), New York, NY

           Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008  Campton Gallery, New York, NY

           Norteastern Illinois University

           Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL

           Campton Gallery, New York, NY

2007  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

           Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006  Campton Gallery, New York, NY

           Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL


Selected Corporate Collections

International Corporate Art (ICArt), Olslo, London, Miami • Regent Seven Seas Cruises, U.S.A. • The Colburn Family, U.S.A. • Mrs. Joyce Chelburg, Chicago, IL • Martha Stewart, New York, NY • S&R Foundations, Wachington D.C. • Newmark Knight Frank, New York, NY • Hendrix Allardyce, Los Angeles, CA • Sara Lee Corporation, New York, NY • The Durst Organization, New York, NY • Hollywood’s producers and actors, Los Angeles, CA • Bristol Meyers Squibb Company, U.S.A. • Alinea Restaurant Art Collections, Chicago, IL • Potash Corporation, U.S.A. and Canada • Governor of Tokyo, Japan

Working as a husband-and-wife team, the Russian-born duo Igor Kozlovsky and Marina Sharapova collaborate on each painting. Igor and Marina were rigorously taught the skills of the Old Renaissance Masters within their academic training at Mukhina Academy of Art and Design in St. Petersburg, Russia and learned to combine ancient and modern techniques with fluidity. As a result, the paintings are influenced by, and recall, a diverse spectrum of artists and eras: famous avant-garde figures like Chagall, Malevich, and Kandinsky as well as fifteenth-century Russian religious painters. Marina possesses an excellent subtle touch for realistic drawing and is capable of creating new images on the basis of the works of older artists, particularly those of the Italian and Dutch renaissance. Igor’s specialty is a subtle sense for color, a wonderful appreciation for the tactile nature of paint, canvas, and wood, and an intuitive feel for how to play with abstract images.

In each of their canvases we sense a narrative implied, but we always fall short of piecing it together—it’s like waking up from a dream. And just as dreams synthesize all manner of seemingly disparate material into cohesive experiences, so Igor and Marina blend the modern and traditional, the representational and the abstract—and indeed their own divergent personalities—into each finished painting. The figures in the artists’ paintings look at once contemporary and historical—they might be modern people garbed in costumes of the past; they might be past people plunged into the present. With their finely tuned sense of all that is enigmatic, seductive, and dreamlike in life, Igor and Marina wholeheartedly embrace their surreal perspective by forcing us to enter their invented new world.

Igor & Marina
Biography

Press

We have always been interested in the greatest mystery of the universe — time itself. Our life experience tells us that events occur in a certain sequence, but time is not always divided into past, present and future. Some physicists go even further, suggesting that time never runs out. It simply does not exist, it is an illusion. Instead of viewing time as a straight line, we can use our memories as a source for thinking about the future. It is very important. The human ability to travel through time in the imagination is the reason why we can do many things, such as planning the future or creating works of art.

In our opinion our new show, The Plexus of Time, perfectly illustrates our approach to the idea of ever-changing time, as in a single transparent capsule, the past, present and future are connected here, creating a sense of timelessness.

Igor & Marina

With the exhibition "On the Shore of the Sky" we continue our journey into the dream-like space where our distant memories take shape. All the books we read, the performances we saw, the music we heard, the places we visited, all this turns into impressions. Throughout human life, these impressions are accumulated, superimposed on one another, forming, so to speak, geological layers in our subconscious.

Our memories give rise to vague images that are subsequently transformed into a subject for the painting. The goal of this show is to unlock the door and take viewers through to the other side. White peacocks roam freely here, old tapestries come to life, you can talk with a mechanical person about the meaning of life and meet the heroes of the famous novel.

Welcome to the world of our imagination, to the ends of the earth, to the Shore of the Sky!

We have always been interested in the greatest mystery of the universe — time itself. Our life experience tells us that events occur in a certain sequence, but time is not always divided into past, present and future. Some physicists go even further, suggesting that time never runs out. It simply does not exist, it is an illusion. Instead of viewing time as a straight line, we can use our memories as a source for thinking about the future. It is very important. The human ability to travel through time in the imagination is the reason why we can do many things, such as planning the future or creating works of art.

In our opinion our new show, The Plexus of Time, perfectly illustrates our approach to the idea of ever-changing time, as in a single transparent capsule, the past, present and future are connected here, creating a sense of timelessness.

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