Aesthetic communication among the subject, artist, canvas, and viewer is essential in representational art. I’m always directing my painting process toward reaching that aesthetic quality of storytelling.—Samir Rakhmanov
An exquisite colourist and a strong advocate of realistic traditions, Samir creates work that exhibits an effortless and elegant aura. Luminous and fresh, each piece feels as though it has just been completed. Samir internalizes the achievements from great artists of the past, from Diego Velázquez to Édouard Vuillard. He is passionate about advancing the figurative tradition forward, and he has already developed a distinctive voice of his own.
Born in Ukraine and raised in Azerbaijan, Samir Rakhmanov graduated with distinction from the Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St.Petersburg, Russia in 2020.
Samir participates in national and international exhibitions and his work is collected worldwide. He currently lives and creates in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Photo: © Samir Rakhmanov
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"Most of the time I spend many hours, days, and even months working on one picture. Each work is a painful battle. I experience a mix of different emotions during my process. And overcoming the struggle is thrilling and inspiring."
— SAMIR RAKHMANOV