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|Andrei Kushnir was born in Regensburg, Germany in 1947, and grew up in Scott, Mississippi and Chicago, Illinois. Always interested in art, he was a cartoonist for the Chicago Illini, student newspaper of the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. After experimenting with various media, he started painting in oils in 1980, and quickly discovered the joys of painting landscapes outdoors, en plein air. Essentially self-taught, he also took lessons with artists Michael Francis, at the Alexandria, Viriginia Art League, and Michele Taylor, his first dealer in Washington, DC. |
The artist developed a naturalistic, realist style, and painted in every type of weather, focusing on the Potomac River and C&O Canal, both near his Maryland home. He also painted in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, and along the shores of Maine, Cape Hatteras and Florida’s Gulf coast. He later painted on location in the Western U.S. states, and in New Zealand, Italy, and Holland. He exhibited his works in numerous juried shows throughout the United States, often selected by judges who were curators at major art museums.
Kushnir became a member of the Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia Art Leagues; as well as the Capitol Hill Art League (Washington, DC); Blue Ridge Arts Council, Front Royal, VA; and joined the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society, Washington, DC, where he ultimately was elected vice president. He was elected a member of New York’s Salmagundi Club, the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, and a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. He is also a member of the Oil Painters of America and an Official Coast Guard Artist.
He had his first one-artist show at the Museum of Florida’s Art and Culture, Sebring, Florida, now administered by the South Florida Community College. Subsequent one artist shows were held at, among others, the Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC; Taylor & Sons Fine Art, Washington, DC; Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE; and the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA, where he was the first living artist accorded such an exhibit. Group shows include the Nagano Olympic Games, Japan; Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT; Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD; Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, DC; Ratner Museum of Art, Bethesda, MD; Hudson Valley Art Association; Ukrainian House, Kyiv, Ukraine, and many competitive selections at annual National Park Academy of Arts/National Park Foundation exhibitions.
The artist’s works are in the permanent collections of the U.S. Coast Guard, District of Columbia’s Commission of Arts & Humanities, Museum of Florida’s Art and Culture, Avon Park, FL, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA, and University Club, Washington, DC, and the Presidents of the United States and Ukraine.
Kushnir is the author of four publications of his work, My River (1999) and American Light, 2001, published by Taylor & Sons Fine Art, Painted History (2004), published jointly by the Virginia Historical Society and Howell Press and Potomac River School, published by Base Camp Publishers. Paintings by Kushnir are also included in Along the Potomac, Images of America (2000), by Philip Woodsworth Ogilvie, Arcadia Publishing, and Rock Creek Park (2003), by Gail Spillsbury, Johns Hopkins University Press. Article about the artist and his work have appeared in numerous publications, including the Nature Conservancy Magazine (National); Hill Rag and Washington Times (Washington, DC); Montgomery Gazette and Leaves Magazine (MD); elan Magazine, (VA); Gasparilla Gazette, Highlander Today, and Longboat Observer (Florida); and Register Guard (Oregon). He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America.
While the artist continues to show in juried exhibits, his main exhibition venues are his two galleries, named American Painting Fine Art, in Manhattan, NY and Washington, DC.
2008, Andrei Kushnir Potomac River School - Lyrical Modern American Landscape Paintings, Base Camp Publishers, 20 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2004, Andrei Kushnir Painted History - The Landscapes of Valley View Farm, Howell Press, 64 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2001, Andrei Kushnir American Light 2001, Taylor & Sons Fine Art, 24 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
1999, Andrei Kushnir My River - Recent Paintings of the Potomac River, Taylor & Sons Fine Art, 24 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
DC Commission of Arts and Humanities, Washington, District Of Columbia
Museum of Florida's Art and Culture, Avon Park, Florida
The University Club, Washington, District Of Columbia
US Coast Guard, Washington, District Of Columbia
Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia
Salmagundi Club, NYC, Elected Member
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Elected Signature Member
Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Elected Member
Official US Coast Guard Artist, Elected Member
Oil Painters of America, Member
Information courtesy of the artist.
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