100x120 cm, 1989
"Woman and Birds"
70x60 cm, 1993
100x90 cm, 1993
"Childhood of Maria"
50x60 cm, 1993
Essay by Piotr
Honored painter of Russia,
Professor of the V.I. Surikov Insitute, Moscow
Andrej Vystropov's paintings are dreams, full of symbols and archetypes.
They evoke a world where everything is enigmatic and significant, where
one finds what one is searching for. Behind the banal reality of a canvas
coated with paint, another dimension emerges, bringing up its
specific logic of events, its invariably different dramatic perspective.
However, given the artist's poly-semantic metaphor of his subjects,
their disquieting dramatic tension is always balanced with a strict
counterpoise of unmistakable composition, unquestionable perfection of the
artist's brush and his artistic taste.
Andrej Vystropov's paintings attract your attention again and again, and each
new viewing of them results in a new detail or unusual shade discovered, in a
new, unexpected echo of your heart, in another deep and significant
They are always the same and they are always different. They are like a
miraculous resonator, responding to every trembling of your soul.
Vystropov's artistic formation was impetuous and successful, largely
due to fortunate circumstances: the wealth of art and intellectual atmosphere of
St. Petersburg, where he studied, the century-long tradition of the Academy of Art, and the
studio of the famous Russian painter, E.E. Moiseenko, where he mastered drawing.
The remarkable wealth of St. Petersburg's art museums provided the conditions for a profound
and fruitful experience of world art, from the classic up to the avant-garde.
There, Vystropov perfected his technical skills and adopted the spiritual experience of great
In 1987 Vystropov's graduate work, a painting entitled
"Widows", was recognized as the best
graduate work in the USSR. A year later, this picture was shown in New York at the exhibition
"Best Student's Works of the USSR Academy of Art at the New York Academy of Art".
In 1989, Vystropov joined the Union of Artists of the former USSR, thus having overcome
a very important hurdle of an official artistic career by the age of 28. By this time,
his artistic style finally defined as symbolic neo-romanticism.
Speaking philosophically, the characteristic feature of Vystropov's works is his attempt to
comprehend the essence of events.