Romantic Vineyard, large unique oil
on canvas. (Sorry, sold for $6,500 framed.)
was born March 18, 1964 in Uzbekistan. He started school at
years of age; at age nine, he entered an art studio program for
where he soon began working with watercolors and creating
As a teen he applied to the Moscow Academy of Fine Arts and began
studying with a professional artist to prepare for the rigorous
competition for admission.
Lovers with Flowers,
giclee, 40 x 32", $1,200 unframed
During this preparation, he spent a
significant amount of time with his grandparents, who were warm and
creative people. Oleg watched as they crafted down comforters
with intricately quilted patterns. Many of these designs
incorporated linear images of flowers with petals—symbols of
simplicity, purity, and beauty seen in much of Oleg’s later work.
Oleg gained admission to the
of Fine Arts when he was 15. There he spent each day painting,
and studying traditional academic subjects. After three years,
applied for admission to the Surikov Art Institute, the Soviet Union’s
prestigious art school. When his initial application was
he returned to Uzbekistan for a year and earned his degree in art
education. He then reapplied to the Surikov and was accepted — a
great honor and an indication
of his high level of talent and technical ability.
At the Surikov, Oleg studied under
highly respected Soviet artists as Yuri Karilov, Director of the
Museum. He concentrated on producing his best work and completing
degree in a Master of Fine Arts.
MAKING A LIVING
Serenade, Serigraph on canvas, 36 x 48", $1,250
With graduation nearing, financial
survival as an artist concerned Oleg more and more. He hired a
neighbor to sell
his paintings on the street, and as the months went by his work began
sell. One day, the neighbor asked him, “Would you like to go to
He gave Oleg a matchbook with a phone number left by a man looking for
artists to sponsor. Oleg called.
COMING TO AMERICA
Tender Heart, Original serigraph, 36
x 36",$900 unframed
The sponsor provided Oleg with a
three-month visa to work in the U.S. He arrived in California and
eventually found his
way to Laguna Beach where he made a quick assessment of the type of art
in local galleries. He completed several still-life paintings and
them to a Russian art dealer who instantly recognized the quality of
work. The response to Oleg’s art was immediate and he was able to
the first steps to financial and artistic independence.
Embellished giclee, 22 x 26", $550 unframed
Russian icon painting is a basic
profound point-of-reference in Oleg’s work. The viewer will find
religious imagery—golden halos, Madonnas, angels, and saints.
Other typical icons
include hearts, musical instruments, books, celestial beings, and
of beauty, delicacy, and spiritual development.
One of the most beautiful aspects
Oleg’s painting is his skillful rendering of faces, hands, and
His characters often communicate through the use of hand gestures
than eye contact. Gestures are imbued with subtle meaning; a deep
sense of shared experience is created through this control of body
Three Graces, Embellished giclee on
paper, 44 x 23", $900 unframed
His combination of geometric shapes
abstract patterns — often applied onto canvas in gold foil or gold leaf
is truly masterful. His characters’ faces evolve from flat,
images to fully realized visages exuding intelligence and
Their facial contours are delicately and softly molded.
To stand before an Oleg masterpiece
an experience you will not soon forget; to own one is a source of pride
privilege. Saper Galleries is proud to represent Oleg to