After enjoying tremendous commercial success selling over two dozen works at Dallas' Southwest Art Gallery in 2018 alone, Russian master painter Igor Samsonov is now exhibiting his most comprehensive retrospective ever at Dallas' Museum of Biblical Art from April 7th - June 9th.
The exhibit features paintings from across his entire illustrious career highlighting his evolution as a painter and the increasingly complex worlds Samsonov brings to life in each of his paintings. Rich with symbolism and biblical allegory, every Samsonov painting offers an immersive experience. More than just depicting a scene or a subject, viewers are transfixed pondering the meaning of fanciful hand gestures or the gravity of a wistful gaze off-canvas.
While incredibly life-like, all is not as it appears in Samsonov's works. We often find animals with exaggerated and fabricated features or musical instruments with an unplayable number of controls. Depicting things many of us could never imagine Samsonov manages to present themes that are all too familiar, weaving together the ordinary and the unknown into stunningly evocative combinations.
Samsonov is known for the unique emotional signature of his paintings. His work has been praised worldwide in exhibitions in Russia, Europe, and the U.S. He continues to evolve as an artist, always aspiring to create "pure and total art," Igor's term for immersive paintings.
In 2014 American author David Salomon published a monograph of Samsonov's work titled Igor Samsonov: Painter and Passionate Visionary. Salomon says, "This is the best exhibit of a living artist in Dallas for the last five years."
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 studied under some of the finest painters in Russia, including Oleg Eremeev, who was a great influence on him. He graduated from Repin in 1997, with a degree considered comparable to Doctorate of Fine Art under the Soviet system.
About The Museum of Biblical Art
The museum was founded in 1967 by Mattie Caruth Byrd. It was formerly known as the Biblical Arts Center. In 2005, a fire destroyed the museum and 2,500 works of art. The museum rebuilt and reopened in 2010 in a modern building with eleven galleries and 30,000 square feet of exhibition and event space.