Hamid Savkuev  (1964)

1964 Born in Kazakhstan in the family of immigrants from Kabardino-Balkaria.
1979 The family moves back to their homeland at Nalchik.
1989 Completed his art education at the Art and Graphics Faculty of Stavropol
1995 Graduated with honours from the I.E. Repin State Academic Institute of Arts, Sculpture and Architecture, St. Petersburg.
1995 Postgraduate studies at the creative studio of painting of the Russian Academy of Arts, of Professor A.A. Mylnikov.
1995 Lecturer at the studio of Professor A.A. Mylnikov at the I.E. Repin State Academic Institute of Arts.
1996 Member of the Russian Union of Artists.
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1998 Member of the teaching staff of the painting department of the I.E. Repin State Academic Institute
1999 Participant in the reconstruction of the decoration of the Cathedral of Christ Saviour in Moscow.
2000 Member of the teaching staff of the department of Historical Religious Decoration of the I.E. Repin State Academic Institute of Arts.
2007 Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.

Awards
1996 Diploma of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts of Ethnographic Institute in Nalchik, Russia.
1999 Memorable Medal for the restoration work at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.
2005 Silver Medal of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts for his series of works of 20012005
2007 Government Award to commemorate “250th Anniversary of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts”.

Exhibitions, creative projects and publications
1997 Two panel paintings “Tsar Ivan the Terrible is Accepting the Kabardinian delegations” and
“Ploughmen Coming out” for he Houses of Government and Parliament of Kabardino-Balkaria.
1999 Two paintings, “Baptizing the Kievers” and “Carrying the relics of St. Nicholas” were completed at the
St. Nicholas aisle of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral.
The Government of Spain purchased the painting “St. George” for the Presidents Palace in Catalonia.
2000 Personal exhibition and publication Art Catalogue, Barcelona, Spain.
“Art Expo”, Barcelona, Spain.
2002 Exhibition “New Generation of Russian Realism” and, Wuhan, China.
2002/6 Personal exhibitions in Gallery Godá, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2002/9 Exhibition at the “Agnietenfestival”, Gouda; OD Art Gallery, Delft; Gallery Cattani, Leiderdorp; ‘De Russen komen”, Reeuwijk; “Masters from Repin Academy”, Groningen,The Netherlands.
2004 Personal exhibition “White River”, Union of Artists, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Exhibition “Masters from Repin Academy”, Slot Zeist, Zeist, The Netherlands.
Personal Exhibition Central House of Artists and publication Art Catalogue, Moscow, Russia.
2005 Personal Exhibition Samara; “Bronze Era” SARAL’P Gallery, St. Petersburg; State Duma of Russia, Moscow, Russia.
2006 Personal Exhibition “Gathering the Stones”, Union of Artists, St. Petersburg; publication Art Catalogue Sculptures.
Exhibition “Russian Summer Festival”, Great Laurens Church, Alkmaar, The Netherlands.
2007 Creation of the monument to V.M.Kokov, first President of Kabardino-Balkaria, Nalchik, Russia.
2008 Exhibition “Festival A Wonderful World”, Great Laurens Church, Alkmaar, The Netherlands.
2009 Exhibition Museum of the I.E. Repin State Academic Institute of Arts.

Works Placed
In State Museums and private collections in Russia, China, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, France, USA, Australia and others.

Originally Kabardino, Hamid Savkuyef was born in the republic of Kazakhstan in 1964. He studied his true vocation, painting, in St. Petersburg and graduated from the State Institute attached to the famous I.E. Repin Academy of Art and Architecture. He worked in Milnikov’s Studio of Monumental Painting, from where he got his passion for working on a large scale. He is presently member of of the teaching staff of the painting department of the Repin Institute.
His first period could be considered as formal. These works are symbolist, epic and hieratic, with the themes focussing on literary, oneiric, theatrical and cinematographic motifs. However they also have a certain degree of surrealism. He avoids raucous colours and uses a quite cold range. He works a lot with volume and dense masses with often have a stone-like appearance. The characters, although carrying out daily chores, are shown to be distanced and immersed in deep reflex ion, under a light which critics have described as “caravaggiesque”.

Now his work can be found as part of important art collections belonging to different countries around the world. Some of his work is owned by the government of the Russian Federation, the government of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, the United States and the Generalitat, the Catalan autonomous government and the “Knegt-Drenth Foundation.

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