Andrey Soldatenko

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Fishman, 2010 Oil On Canvas 70 X 80 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved
Town street, 2010 Oil On Canvas 65 X 50 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved
Red carps and lotuses, 2011 Oil, Acrylic, Canvas 50 X 70 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved
Composition with musical instruments, 2011 Oil, Acrylic, Canvas 50 X 70 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved
House's Memory, 2011 Oil, Tempera, Canvas 60 X 70 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved
Fisherman, 2004 Oil On Canvas 90 X 70 X 3 Centimeters © all right reserved
Rose, 2009 Oil On Canvas 60 X 70 X 3 Centimeters © all right reserved
Blue night white dog, 2010 Oil, Acrylic, Canvas 70 X 80 X 3 Centimeters © all right reserved
Evening light , 2011 Oil, Acrylic, Canvas 50 X 35 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved
Gold evening and little jazz, 2010 Oil On Canvas 70 X 100 X 3 Centimeters © all right reserved
Flowers over the city. New York, 29.07.2011 Oil, Acrylic, Canvas 80 X 60 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved
Town of life, 29.07.2011 Oil, Acrylic, Canvas 90 X 70 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved
Under gold light, 2011 Oil, Tempera, Acrylic Canvas 80 X 60 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved
Landscape with caramel taste, 2010 Pol Canvas 70 X 60 X 3 Centimeters © all right reserved
Outskirts , 31.08.2011 Oil; Acryl On Paper (Carton) 30 X 40 X 0,2 Centimeters © all right reserved ©
Pearl World, 31.08.2011 Oil, Acrylic, Canvas 30 X 50 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved ©
Blue Rose Old Saratov Flowers over the city, 2011 Oil Acryl On Canvas 90 X 60 X 2 Centimeters © Copyright ©
Landscape with Sheeps, 2011 Carton (Thick Paper), Acryl, Tempera 35.5 X 52.5 X 0.02 Centimeters © all right reserved ©
Dragon Shanghai Flowers over the city, 2011 Acryl, Tempera, Canvas 100 X 60 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved ©
Green street, 2006 Oil, Canvas 60 X 80 X 2 Centimeters © all right reserved ©
Evening fragrance, 2005 Oil, Canvas © all right reserved ©
Spring, 2011 Oil Paper © all right reserved ©
Autumn Flowers, 2011 Oil Paper © all right reserved ©
Imagination, 2011 Oil Canvas 60 X 70 X 2 Centimeters © All rights reserved©
Stepan Razin. Charming letters , 2011 Acryl, Tempera, Oil, Canvas 70 X 90 X 2 Centimeters © All rights reserved©
Sunflowers, 2012 Oil Canvas 25 X 40 X 2 Centimeters © All rights reserved©
Dogs, 2012 Tempera On Paper 30 X 35 Centimeters © All rights reserved©
Roses and Lilacs, 2012 Oil On Canvas 50 X 60 X 2 Centimeters © All rights reserved©
Island, 2012 Tempera, Paper 40 X 30 Centimeters © All rights reserved©
A1, 2012 Oil On Thick Paper 17.5 X 12.5 Centimeters © All rights reserved©
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Artist not available for connection from 20 August to 31 August

Y. I., Vodonos, Art Expert, Member of the ArtistsUnion, Head of the Russian Art section of Radishchev Art Gallery, Saratov.

Andrey Soldaavailable for connection from 20 August to 31 Augusttenko is an unusually prolific artist who has entered his “early maturity” stage. He is in the perpetual process of search. At the early days of his artistic career, the Artist was greatly influenced by the lyrical heartfelt paintings by Yevgeniy Dmitriyevich Yali, a Saratov landscape artist, as well as socialising with the young artist of his age – Vladimir Korin and Yuri Umanets. The sprit of special “immersion” and unhurried, slightly detached contemplation inherent to this master and his talented followers is intrinsic to Soldatenko to a known extent. He is rooted in this tradition. However, the dominating component of his style was formed only within recent years, and it is substantially different from those masters, because it is dictated, first of all, by his personal vision of this world.

In the latest decade, the talented artist Ruslan Lavrinin’ko who stands out from the group of the senior generation of Saratov landscape artists became Andrey’s constant advisor and teacher. His personal example played significant role in the young Artist’s self-identification as a person and as an artist, cultivating responsibility for his outstanding talent.

A. Soldatenko became a free-lance artist in difficult times, at times when the art market was shaping out slowly and with difficulties, when the art criteria were easily compromised in pursue of commercial success. Survival criteria and criteria for the personal talent’s survival were mutually excluding. The demands of the market are no better than the requirements of the exhibition committees of the totalitarian era. They differ in their quality, but they are not less harmful in their seducing power for the talent who certainly needs support, but the kind of support which does not involve thematic and stylistic dictatorship.

The Artist had to find his special place in the multicoloured picture of the modern art. His emotional and aesthetic experiences grow from year to year. Perfecting the drawing and taking special care of the colour, it elevated to a higher level; we can hope that in the conditions of the expected post-crisis agitation he will be able to withstand the pressure without distracting himself with commercial projects. Andrey Soldatenko’s best pictures and studies are emotionally convincing and attract not by the superficial beauty of the scenery, but by the achieved harmony, the unity of the colour and graphic solutions. Most often, this is a lyrical generalization of the most common, not specially sought for motives of the Volga landscape. The Artist is most successful in depicting the poetry of the grey days, with their characteristic restrained colours and its special flow of colour over the canvas, making the canvas surface itself nearly the main element of the composition.

Many of elements similar to other Saratov landscape artists are imposed by the similarity of the nature motives: like some of the artists of the past, on many occasions Andrey was painting in Bannovka nighbourhood. Bannovka is a village to the South from Saratov, situated not so far from Shcherbakovka, the place famous among local artists of 1920 -1930, where Yakov Weber, a talented and experienced landscape artist permanently lived. There, in summer months artists were spending their vacation days, many of the young Saratov artists of that time were hinting and fishing there. Similarity of motives imposes certain similarity of graphic solutions.

The best of Soldatenko’s artworks are those where the feeling of a certain place of the Volga’s nature is presented being already partially transformed by his personal vision, and this has a special meaning. When O. Sidlin, St Petersburg artist and professor was asked:”How to paintfrom nature or by using your imagination?” He sparked immediately: “Imagine from the nature!” Of course, he was talking about imagining not for the sake of satisfying an undemanding taste, but about freedom of the artistic imagination which transforms the visual reality of the chosen object. The most recent exhibition in Saratov demonstrated that Soldatenko follows this footpath.

Until recently, I was unaware of another dimension of Soldatenkos art: he is the author of a number ofcity fantasygraphic works and paintings tinted with impressions from the paintings of foreign and national artists with clear features of the avant-garde search of 1920-s, he also has some purely decorative drawings and paintings.

Quite likely, this is the manifestation of the Artist’s designer education More that other artists, he shows more explicit interest in morphogenesis, revealing the structural source of the depicted objects, colour compatibility of conditionally coloured surfaces, peculiarities of graphic rhythms and deliberate harmonization of chaotic. Nearly incompatible things co-exist in Soldatenkos artquite obtrusive pictorialism and nearly abstract paintings. At this stage, these tendencies exist separate from one another; they develop nearly in parallel and hardly overlap. It is hard to say which tendency will take the upper hand in his future artworks.

Over the last few years, Andrey Soldatenko gradually resolves the problem of splitting his efforts between the two burdens: to provide for his family and finance his true art projects by working on commercial paintings. The Artists name becomes known outside of the small circle of aesthetically enlightened collectors. The growing recognition and demand for his true art paintings gives the Artist a chance to pay undisturbed attention to real art, the works of sterling merit. This circumstance significantly stimulates his growth as an artist and makes his feeling of responsibility for his artworks yet stronger.


1997, the Regional Exhibition, Saratov;
2002, the exhibition at the 4th Festival of Slavic Culture, Paris. Awarded a diploma of the Russian Centre of International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation of the Russian Government.
2003, the personal exhibition “Beach” in the museum of Pavel Kuznetsov (Radischev State Art Gallery in Saratov);
2006, the Regional Exhibition of Young Artists, Saratov;
2007, the National Exhibition of Young Artists, Moscow;
2007, the Regional Exhibition, Saratov;
2008, the National Exhibition “Victory”, Volgograd;
2008, the Regional Exhibition, Saratov;
2008, the Regional Exhibition “The Youth of Russia”, Saratov. Awarded a diploma of the Russian Academy of Arts.
2008, the Volga Regional Exhibition “The Big Volga”, Cheboksary.
2009, Exhibition in the Gallery “InDIVA”, Varna.
2009, the National Exhibition "Russia-XI", СHA, Moscow.
2009, the Bulgarian and Russian Exhibition "Prism". Varna, Ruse, Pazargik, Burgas, Sofia. Bulgaria.
In his present day works, Andrey sets himself new, more sophisticated objectives – to create images ideal for the perception of viewers, to find the right balance of colours and objects, to find the harmony in lines, in other words, to transfigure the nature in order to represent the feelings and emotions inspired by the natural objects without revealing the artist’s effort.
As a contemporary artist, Soldatenko is not hostage to a single style. He masterfully uses different directions as tools for creating artistic images. Soldatenko working on realistic landscapes and still lifes ( "Country House. Bulgaria", "Memories of Summer"), paintings in the Impressionist manner ( "Alley"), decorative compositions (triptych "Watering"), abstract compositions ( "Flowers"), symbolic works ( "Landscape with a lake"). A number of works in the style of Sots Art ( "U.S.", "Sheep. Alarm").
Andrey Soldatenko’s works can be found in private collections in Russia, France, Germany, the USA, and other countries.