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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Illinois      Known for: Portrait, non-objective, still life painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Nikolay Moltchanov (born in the Archangel region, U.S.S.R. May 31, 1959)

1977 The Art School of Commercial Design, Moscow
1984 The College of Decorative Art and Graphic Design, Moscow

1965 Moved to Moscow
At age 16, collaborated with professional artists installing decorative art for parades, stadium sporting events, and other high profile public gatherings.

1977 - 1979 Military service.

1979 - 1990 Full time Decorator for the Syndicate of Decorative and Designing Arts.

1984 Marriage.

1987 - 1990 Freelance artist for publishing house Plakat (Poster). Created more then 20 nationally distributed posters.
Freelance illustrator for mass media newspapers and magazines (including multiple front page illustrations for Arguments and Facts newspaper, which was listed in the Guiness Book for most subscribers; Ogonek; Izvestie; Literaturivaya Gazette).

1988 - 1990 Winner of 6 national poster competitions. Showcased in group exhibitions in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
First works of fine art (oil and watercolor).
Published poetry in Moscow’s newspapers, including Megapolis Express.

1990 Solo exhibition during Russian - American Summit in Cosmos Hotel, Moscow.  
September, 1990 Moved to United States, South Illinois.

1991 - Nikolay’s solo exhibition of graphic art works at Southern Illinois University.

1992 - Nikolay’s solo fine art exhibition at Tawata Gallery, Alton, Ill.
Conceived, wrote and illustrated children's novel The Story of Little Snail Ryba and Small Butterfly Kuzia (About 50 illustrations).

October 1993 - Moved to Boston, MA.
Illustrator for Boston Citizen newspaper.
Published children’s story “The So Green Story” in Boston Citizen newspaper.

January 6-7, 1994 - Artist cut off a finger on his left hand and created the original work Spartacus (initially The Last W).

March 1994 - Exhibited The Last W in Middle East cultural center, Cambridge, MA

July 1997 - Nikolay’s solo exhibition “The Revival” in Armenian Library and Museum of America, Boston, MA

Spring 2000 - Nikolay started career as freelance photographer for Boston periodicals including Boston Metro newspaper.

September 11, 2001 - Captured New York’s night life. Self photo-assignment The Frozen Zone.

January 21- March 21, 2006 - Jail time for traffic violation. During this two months period Nikolay conceived numerous of paintings, poems and lyrics for songs.

2007 – With Nikolay’s poem “I Am A God” on first page Noble House Publishers starts the book of modern American poetry Centres of Expression.

2009, catalog Names in Art in Russia, Our Isograph Gallery Pub. House, 100 pages (color)

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
1991 SIUE (Art Museum University of Ill.) Solo Exhibition
1997 ALMA (Museum in Boston, MA) Solo Exhibition

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
1988 Agency Sophia Press “OZON -’88” (Bulgaria) Group Exhibition
1989 Central House of Arts “UNION IS OURS FUTURE” (Moscow) Group Exhibition
1990 Central House of Arts (Moscow) Group Exhibition
1990 Expo Pavilion “Security for the Nature” (Moscow) Group Exhibition
1992 Tawata Gallery Solo Exhibition

March 10 to March 13, 2011  art Karlsruhe International Fair of Classical Modern and Contemporary Art

Magazine and Newspaper References:
August 8, 1990 Economy and Us newspaper “Nikolay Moltchanov”
November 25, 1990 Belleville News-Democrat newspaper (Ill.) “Soviet Artist Takes a Chance”
January 8, 1991 Belleville News-Democrat newspaper (Ill.) “Soviet Artist Exhibits Artworks”
January 10, 1991 The Telegraph newspaper (MO.) “Politics and Art”
January 10, 1991 The Riverside newspaper (MO.) “Artist brings a taste of Russia to the Midwest”
January 14, 1991 St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper (Ill.) “SIUE Shows Soviet Artist’s Work”
February 1991 Health Talk newspaper (Ill.) “N.Moltchanov: Back in the USSR”
March, 1993 East of Russia newspaper “Nikolay Moltchanov: I’m the Cosmicwhelp”
July 8-14, 1997 The Boston TAB newspaper (MA.) “Window to His Soul”
December 16-18, 2005 Boston Metro  newspaper (MA.) “Trigger Finger”

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