About Igor Samsonov
Igor Samsonov was born in Voronezh, Russia in 1963. After earning a degree in mathematics from Voronezh State University, Samsonov began a job at the Institute of Research. Though he enjoyed math’s abstract side, he soon grew tired of mundane projects and routine formulas. He could no longer waste his artistic soul working a nine-to-five office job that he disliked. Inspired by Vincent van Gogh, Samsonov left his job after one year and applied to the exclusive Ilya Repin Leningrad Institute for Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. He was accepted in 1990 and had the great opportunity to study under some of the finest painters in Russia, including Oleg Eremeev, who was a great influence on him. From Eremeev, Samsonov learned the concept of “total art,” which says that an art piece is more than just the sum of its parts—that it must have the artist’s emotional signature. Samsonov began to understand that each painting must have a meaning, a personal message, an identity that would tell its audience, “This is a Samsonov!” He graduated from Repin in 1997. While influenced by great masters such as Francesca, Vermeer, Bosch, Rouseau, Gauguin, and Matisse, Samsonov has also developed his own unique style. He has now had paintings in exhibitions in Russia, Europe, and the U.S, and he continues to grow and evolve as an artist, always aspiring to create pure and total art.
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