At the studio of Vladimir Zagorov

30, August 2013 · Visiting Artists

Vladimir Zagorov is my teacher, the leading instructor of our group at the Department of Monumental Arts in the Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design in Leningrad.

Even by perestroika standards, when suddenly “everything was allowed”, Zagorov’s style of instruction was fairly revolutionary. During painting and composition classes students were able to experiment, as far as their talent and imagination permitted. Zagarov encouraged any kind of active creative quest. He suggested that we work on collaborative creative projects beyond the walls of the academy and later facilitated participation in our first exhibitions.

We regularly met in his studio on the Central Prospect of the Vasilievsky Island, showed our first creative works, leafed through albums of Klee, Miró for the first time. Vladimir organized a trip to Denmark with exhibition of our works. For us, “sovoks,” this trip was a true shock, and after our return from Denmark I firmly decided to leave Russia.

The photographs of Zagorov’s studio and his wife Marianna, a ceramic artist, were taken by me this summer. From one of the windows one can step onto the roof, from which there is an astonishing view in the direction of the Peter and Paul Fortress. We looked at new works for an exhibition with the theme “Circus.” Not so much has changed over the past quarter century. Zagorov, as always, treated us with sweets and fruit; we brought Medjool dates from Jerusalem.

Leonid Zeiger
Jerusalem, July 2013

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Vladimir Zagorov (Tolstoy), b. 1951, graduated from the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. His works are in such collections as the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg) and the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow).

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