I was born in Russia, in vicinity of Moscow almost 60 years ago. From the age of four, I was involved in art, particularly in sculpture. For several years I was making lots of animal and human sculptures using modeling clay.
After the high school, there were Moscow Civil Engineer Institute and couple of years of military service in the Soviet Army. Then I was working as a structural engineer in several architectural and engineering companies.
In 1996, my family and I immigrated in the United States. By that time, I was a father of two boys - 12 years old Greg and newborn Sasha. We lived in Atlanta, Georgia. I worked as a designer for an engineering company. In 2001, I found an engineering position in the company in Chicago area, we moved there and settled in Skokie.
In the summer of 2002, I found Evanstone Art Center and enrolled in Sheila Ottinger’s class of figurative sculpture. I was missing sculpting my whole life and it was just the right place for me. From that time to present, I frequent in sculpture studio in EAC.
I do mostly realistic sculptures - I live portraits and enjoying the beauty of human body as well. Sometimes my enjoyment takes me further and my realistic line transforms into new way.
Summer of 2006 I was working also as facilitator (sculpture class) with special needs children at Little City Foundation. At fall I started to work with adult artists and it was a beginning of sculpture studio in campus. I have interesting experience working with seniors at Presbyterian Homes (Evanstone) and at North Shore Senior Center (Northfield). I love clay and I feel it as my main medium, so my private sculpture class is “Clay Class” for children and adults.