Was born on July 1,1952 inKiev, a graduate ofKievTheaterUniversity(1974).
Starting as an actor in 1975,
he worked his way up to director and artistic director of the
Simferopol Crimea Maxim Gorky Academic Russian Drama Theater.
Since 2007 he has taught acting and directing
Denshchikov was awarded the title of Honored arts worker of
the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and People’s
artist ofUkraine. In 2009 he received anARKprize for the
achievements in “applied art”.
Vladimir Denshchikov paints his icons with the blessing of the
clergy; many of his artworks were blessed by
the Metropolitan ofSimferopoland theCrimeaArchbishop Lazarus
and his spiritual father, Rev. Sergius, arch-priest of the beacon
church of Nicholas the Wonderworker.
Before painting an icon, Vladimir Denshchikov keeps a fast.
Denshchikov’s icons are distinguished by a remarkable atmosphere of
light, kindness and peace. They are
executed in macramé - a technique, applied by the painter for over
30 years. His recent
icons have been created using his own patent hand-made fabric.
Vladimir Denshchikov’s icons are hand-knotted with linen threads (0.5-2 mm),
with each knot being tied in hand,
without needles and crotchets. Denshchikov does his artworks
in one copy in accordance with the church canons,
with each piece numbering several million knots. This technique is
unique and has no analogues in the world.
An icon of 40 x50 cmin size takes the artist from 3 to 6 months to execute.
It took him 14 months to create an
icon of Saint Prince Alexander Nevsky, which is made of 9
million hand-tied knots. The saints’ faces are
painted in oil on the linen canvass.
Denshchikov’s artworks were exhibited inGermany,Austria, Ukraineand
theCrimea, some of his icons are kept in
private collections inUkraine,Russia,Czechia,Hungary,
Germanyand theUnited States. In July 2010,
Denshchikov’s icon of Tenderness was presented as a gift to His Holiest
Patriarch ofMoscowand All-Russia Kirill.
The scholar of Orthodox Christian iconography L.A.Uspensky wrote about
innovative styles in iconography:
“this icon, if its iconographic theme does not, of course, contradict
the Orthodox teaching,
i.e. is not heretical, may serve as a ground for the appearance of a new
type of canonic icons, i.e.
be accepted by the church.”
Denshchikov’s icons are executed in
accordance with strict canons.
Personal exhibitions inEurope:
December 2010Vienna(Austria), Russian Cultural Center
January-February 2011,Budapest(Hungary), Cultural Center
January 2011Vienna(Austria) Church of St. Nicholas
Participation in exhibitions:
2008,Kiev, 1st Festival "Len fest"
December 2008SimferopolArt Museumin February 2009,MoscowMuseum. J. Roerich
April 2009 Saki, museum
May 2009 Livadia Palace-Museum
November 2009,Kiev2nd All-Ukrainian festival "Len fest"
November2009 inKiev, the Supreme Council
February 2010. Severo-Donetsk
March 2010. Artemovsk
April 2011. Uzhgorod
May 2011. Lviv
May-June 2011. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
December 2011 - January 2012SimferopolArt Museum
February 2012 - March 2012 - theDonetskOblast
April-May-June 2012 -SamaraDiocesanChurchHistoryMuseum.
VLADIMIR Denshchikov Tel: +38 0652 25 90 74 , 38 095 313
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