Human sincerity shown in sculpture
Victor Murashov’s personal exhibition introduces some stunning examples of the famous sculptor’s art to Minsk audiences
Sculptor Victor Murashov’s creativity represents his search for humanity
Victor Murashov made a name for himself as a talented sculptor in the Soviet era. He was born in 1935 in Kronstadt in the Leningrad District and later graduated from the St. Petersburg I. Repin Arts Academy’s Sculpture Department. Since 1959, he has taken part in diverse art shows and, in 1961, joined the USSR Union of Artists. In 1977, Mr. Murashov became a member of the Belarusian Union of Artists.
At Victor Murashov’s personal exhibition
A love of humanity and the search for an individuals’ beauty are fundamental to the sculptor’s work. Mr. Murashov has lived and worked in Belarus for many years and believes that people and their honesty are the essential ingredients which make them significant in others’ eyes. Among Mr. Murashov’s varied images are writers, scientists, doctors and operatic singers. The sculptor has worked on several children’s pieces (Valerka as the First Grade Pupil), as well as portraying villagers and soldiers (Mother, Second Bread, Granny Vera). His characters are often recognisable. Their images cast in bronze and other materials create an interesting portrait gallery showing many different aspects of human life. The statues bring issues of duty, honour, love and morality to light.
The author uses plastics from time to time, which shows his confidence in his artistic diversity. His work in this medium is changeable, transforming from round (Motherhood) and childish (Petka Spichkin) forms to the formal monumental (General Karbyshev). His Minsk exhibition (hosted by the Palace of Arts) displays his original degree work; an illustration entitled ‘Mother’. The piece is a hymn to the land and its character, as well as to the women who proudly bore their cross whilst living a traditional peasant life.
Victor Murashov is an exhibitor at numerous art exhibitions in Russia, Belarus and abroad. He’s taken part in the exhibition of young artists (UK, 1960), the International Art Exhibition (Belgium, 1967), the Siberia Today art show (Japan, Tokyo, 1973) and the International Sculpture Symposium (China, Changchun, 1998). At present, the sculptor’s works are on display at Belarus’ National Art Museum, Minsk’s Great Patriotic War History Museum, properties belonging to the Belarusian Union of Artists, Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery, in Russia’s Culture Ministry and the art galleries in Omsk, Tyumen, Ulan-Ude, Tobolsk, Yekaterinburg, Perm and Postov-on-Don.
By Veniamin Mikheev