Krasnodar, 8 August – Yug Times. “I don’t teach to paint, what I do is to think and to analyse,” Vladislav Nesynov says about his lessons at Raphael Academy of Painting. In two hours, the students would dive into the genius’ epoch so that they would have time to make a precise replica of Raphael’s famous La Gioconda.
Vladislav Nesynov is a hereditary artist. His father was known as a leading portraitist in the USSR. That was why, Vladislav had never doubted what his career would be.
In the 1990s, Nesynov went to America to be able to feed his family. For two months, he offered his works to different galleries - just to get a refusal. The event that changed all his life happened when he had already despaired of ever succeeding. One of the gallery owners agreed to take six Nesynov’s paintings - “just in case” - and soon all canvases were sold to a customer who paid for them many times more than the artist had expected. When he came home, a group of collectors were waiting for him there ready to buy all his paintings. In 2011, Nesynov opened Raphael Academy of Painting in Anapa. Now his oldest student is 78 years old.
“Talent is not a skill to draw, because you could teach a monkey to draw; first of all, what I teach is to think. An artist must be well educated, he must know mathematics, physics, history and religion - Every day, I read and study a lot, just to make sure that I know very little,” Vladislav Nesynov says. “Art helps achieve success in different spheres of life.”
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