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Nikolai Fomin

Works of Art

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Born 1970 in Gorny village, near Lesnoi town, Yekaterinburg district, in the Urals, Russia.

Currently lives and works in Kirov, Russia.


Kirov Agricultural Institute, Faculty of Game (Hunting) Biology, 1988-1993.


20-22 Sept 2003 - exhibition on Scientific-Practical Conference dedicated to 10th anniversary of Mansi Scientific-Folclore Fund (Beriozovo, Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous district)

16 Dec 2003 - exibition in honour of the 450th anniversary of Russian and British diplomatic relation (British Embassy Moscow).

June – July 2004 – exhibition at History Museum in Dalmatovo, Kurgan district.

31 Dec 2004 – 9 Jan 2005 – exhibition at ethno-cultural program ”Multifaced Ugra”, Khanty-Mansiysk.

4-7 April 2005 – exhibition at Child Ethnographic expedition “Meeting of Khanty genes” in Kogalym, Khanty-Mansiysk district.

30 Jul – 1 Aug 2005 – exhibition at council of administration of Khanty-Mansiysk district  in Government House, Khanty-Mansiysk.

1 – 20 Feb 2006 – exhibition at the Centre of Arts in Chusovoi, Perm district.

20 March -  15 Apr 2006 – exhibition in Lesnoi, Yekaterinburg district.

Also, I participated many times in art auction “Tatiana’s Day” in Yekaterinburg.

There is also constant exposition of my works at the Museum of Slavic Mythology in Tomsk.

Illustrating art:

I made illustrations for Scandinavian hunting magazines “Norsk fangstman” and “Svensk jakt”, as well as for two books for children edited in Sweden and England. I also took part in three editions of Christmas cards in England.

I am included into the catalogue “Artists of the Urals 2006”

Being abroad:

I have been to Belgian, Finland, Norway and England once and visited Sweden several times.

Art techniques:

I mostly work in watercolor, mixed technique (watercolor and gouache) and Indian ink on paper.

I paint also with oil and acrylic on canvas.

Works contents:

My art is undoubtedly based on the love to the wild and feminine beauty.
I am also inspired by its magic effect that makes me find beauty and perfection in all of nature's creations and good spirits as well as the
feeling of harmony in the interplay of its constituents. I find my interest and inspiration almost exclusively in the northern hemisphere, in the
countries on the Arctic Circle. My heart belongs to the North with its sharp contrast of warmth and cold, ice, snow and water, with its fluffy animals
and ruffled up birds, with its beautiful legends and some "frosty sterility" and peace of mind.

I am trying to express my inspiration found in the ancient culture of Finno-Ugric, Slavic and Siberian people. Especially it concerns the North-East Finno-Ugric and Siberian people, of which many are small in number. They are not as noticeable as the large developed nations but, at the same time, they keep their unique traditions and respectful attitude to environment and have a lot to teach us.

Often, the images are brought to me while listening to my favourite music, especially that of ethnic groups. And, of course, whole worlds arise in my mind while learning about the culture and the spiritual world of Northern people and about Old Slav pagan beliefs.

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