of the artist Gennady Goncharov

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We present to your attention the biography of the artist Gennady Goncharov.

    For you, we tried to fit, in a short form, the long and difficult path of becoming and transforming into a master, an artist, which began in the distant sixties and continues to this day. If you are interested in the work of the graphic artist Gennady Goncharov, then you can find a short excursion on his work on the page Gallery


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Gennady Goncharov (Mikhailovich) was born on September 11, 1939 in Moscow. In early childhood, he found himself eager for creativity and at the age of 8 started his studies in B.V.Scherbakov's studio.

Gennadiy Goncharov received a professional training in painting at the studio of A.P.Faydysh-Krandievski and in the master-class of professor V.K.Zamkov of Moscow High Artistic School, former Stroganov School.

Since 1967 he has been an illustrator for a popular science journal "Himiya I Zhizn" ("Chemistry and Life") and has also worked for a number of other leading journals and magazines of Russia.

Since 1973 he is a member of the Moscow Committee of Graphic Artists on Malaya Gruzinskaya Street. From 1986 to 1990 he has been a head of the easel graphics section of this committee, taking part in annual summary exhibitions.

Gennady Goncharov illustrated many books published by such publishing houses as "Mysl'" ("Thought"), "Nauka" ("Science"), "Detskaya Literatura" ("Children Literature"), "Hudojestvennaya Literatura" ("Fiction") and some others.

He worked as a restorer for a number of eparchies of Russian Orthodox Church: Moscow eparchy (in Sergiev Posad), Ivanovo eparchy (Ivanovo Cathedral), Perm eparchy (in Kungur and Solikamsk), Tambov eparchy (in Pichaevo), Orel eparchy (in Livny).

Participated in the action "Russian collection of the end of XX century" (1994-1996). This action supported the establishment of M'ARS (the Modern Arts Museum) in Moscow, the first private museum in Russia.

Participated in the project "The World of Sensual Things in Pictures of the End of XX Century" based on Jan Amos Komensky's book "Orbus pictus sensualis" ("Visible world in pictures"), 1658.

He is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia under the UNESCO International Federation of Artists.

Gennady Goncharov works in the composition painting genre, the style of romantic conceptualism. He primarily works in pencil.

Some Gennady Goncharov's paintings are in M'ARS museum collection as well as in private collection in Russia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Austria, Great Britain, Greece, Poland, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, USA, Finland, and Argentina.

The artist now lives and works in Moscow.

Gennady Goncharov speaks about himself:

"I'm giving you some thoughts about my so called biography or graphics. It is not the collection of facts of my life, it would be too simple - just get some truth, some tales and here is a number of events that have neither meaning, nor significance (while the purpose is most significant). Besides, while the so-called fact is not realized, it is as if it were absent, it is just a tale, a show. Thus, we need something different: like in weaving a base is needed, here we need sence.

Therefore I think that I am not an artist. It is not a slip of tongue. I am neither a bad artist, nor a good artist or a very good artist. I am no artist. What I observe is not life as landscapes with cows and mood, but the life of mind and perception. A picture can appear or not and it does not matter. As it does not in every real life or real biography which has no beginning and no end, they just continue. There is nothing between the life and the man, to be more precise, there is a gap and one should see something in it: either God or concsiousness".

A brief list of exhibitions:

1973 - Personal exhibition on Malaya Gruzinskaya, Moscow

1975 - Group exhibition of book artists in Central House of Artistic Workers, Moscow

1976 - Group exhibition in Central House of Artistic Workers, Moscow

1978 - Group exhibition in Central House of Artistic Workers, Moscow

1979 - Easel graphics on Malaya Gruzinskaya, Moscow

1980 - Personal exhibition on Malaya Gruzinskaya, Moscow

1980 - Group exhibition of Moscow Branch of The Artists Union, Moscow

1982 - Personal exhibition on Malaya Gruzinskaya, Moscow

1985 - Personal exhibition on Malaya Gruzinskaya, Moscow

1991 - Group exhibition of the UNESCO International Federation of Artists in Manege, Moscow

1993 - Group exhibition in Central House of Painters, Moscow

1994 - Personal exhibition of the M'ARS gallery, Moscow

1994-95 - Russian collection of XX century - M'ARS gallery, Moscow

1996 - Group exhibition of the pencil artists of the M'ARS gallery, Mainz, Germany

1997 - "The Golden Egg" - artists of the "Himiya I Zhizn'" journal, Moscow

1997 - "The World of Sensual Things in Pictures", Pushkin Museum, Moscow

1998 - The project "Major's matchmaking" of the S'ART gallery in Manege, Moscow

2000 - Personal exhibition of the M'ARS gallery, Moscow

2001 - Summer seasons on Karetniy, Moscow

2002 - Group exhibition "30 Years Anniversary of the Exhibition in the Beekeeping pavilion" in the Modern Arts Museum, Moscow

2004 - Group Exhibition in Moscow in TSDH c 17-06-2004 on 17-07-204 13-th hall 2-nd floor. Prepared to this exhibition you can look a full selection of works in section of Gallery the Exhibition in TSDH since June, 17, 2004.

2005 - State Polytechnic Museum "EVERYTHING in the World is Relative" Exhibition of Russian graphic artists dedicated to the 100th anniversary of A. Einstein's theory of relativity.

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