|Anatoli Ivanovich Konenko was born in 1945 in Orsk of Orenburg region.|
He finished secondary school in North Kazakhstan.
He graduated from the Construction Technical school In Omsk – the department of architecture, then from the artistic-graphical faculty of Pedagogical Institute named after A.M. Gorkij, and in 1989 – from the Institute of technological creation and patent science.
Since 1981, Konenko has been the first in Siberia to practice the art of microminiature. He mastered to perfection the art of writing on the rice and papaverous grain, human hair. The master made a number of graphical drawings under a microscope. He found his unique way of performing the micropainting and mastered to perfection the art of micro-carving from the shell of walnut, the cherrystone and the stones of other types of fruit trees. Such things as the miniature furniture, embroidery, knitting, painting, graphic works, carving are presented in his exhibitions.
The micro-compositions have no analogues in the world.
In 2003, he joined the Union of Designers of Russia and the Union of Artists of Russia.
In 2004, he got the professor degree of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS).
Since 1994, Anatoli Ivanovich began to make miniature books as the painter, the designer and the binder.
By the end of 2008 the master has published about 200 different book denominations, 30 micro-books (8x9 mm), 14 super micro-books ( less than 1 mm), 1 virtual book (0x0 mm), all books have not more than 30-99 copies. He developed his own ways of book binding.
In 1996, Konenko published the smallest book in the world. Its size is 0,9 x 0,9 mm; there are 11 word lines on the 0,7x0,7 mm plane. The book has 30 pages which are sewed together by silk threads. There are 3 color plates. This book is included in Guinness World Records.
In 2006, Konenko and his son published and bound the series of super micro-books “Alphabets of the World”, whose size is 0,8x0,8 mm. The books are printed in two colors by offset method. Also in the same year the exclusive book was published, the text and illustrations of which can be seen only in the ultraviolet rays (“The invisible man”).
The miniatures of Konenko can be seen in the prestigious state museums and in the private collections of Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada, the USA, France, Denmark, Spain, Japan, China, and Uzbekistan. The micro miniatures that the author presented at Expo-2005 in Japan evoked great success with the audience. Konenko took part in Russian National exhibitions in Beijing and Tashkent. Every year the personal exhibitions of Konenko works are held in Russian museums. Regular expositions of Konenko miniatures can be seen in Montelimar, France.
Konenko is the author of the book “The secrets of impossible figures”. He published more than a hundred of author's compositions and figures from the sphere of impossibilism, classified these impossible figures according to their different features. Now Konenko examines different materials (metal, wood and stone) in order to reveal the methods of treatment and application in micro-art. Konenko has a great practical experience in production and grinding of micro tool-ware.
|Peristov-tusk carving master
|Translation by Omsk interpreter Ann.|
Peristov Nikolai Vasilievich is an artistic carver from Omsk, the pupil of Victor Stepanovich Sinitskikh the master of
Siberian carving art.
In 1978 he entered Graphic department of Omsk Teacher's Training Institute, which he graduated in 1983. Nikolai Peristov
is the head of unique for this region folk studio - mammoth tusk carving studio "Archaica" under Siberian Cultural Center
- that was founded in 1996 and in 2007 proved its status as a folk studio.
His craftworks have filled up private collections in Russia as well as abroad and also they are exhibited in Omsk Art
The information about the artist was placed in Russian Encyclopedia "The best people of Russia-2004".
In 2007, he got a letter of appreciation from Culture and Press Minister of Russian Federation (A.S. Sokolov) for
contribution to Art and Culture development.
For great creative accomplishments and merits in Art and Culture development he was awarded by I.G. Andreev prize and
bestowed as Omsk administration laureate for merits in Art and Culture development in 2002.
In Nikolai Vasilievich opinion in traditional Russian school it's impossible to learn handicraft without studying
ethnography - studying native land, folk costume history, religion of certain region of Russia.
He presents his works in exhibitions: historical cognitive - From the bottom of Om' river to Omsk downtown - (coins,
armament, utensils and etc.) in 2003, exhibition of mortars and other utensils dated back to 18-20 century, Nikolai
Vasilievich organizes travelling exhibitions all over Omsk region as well. He took part in exhibitions in Scotland
(2004), Switzerland, Luxemburg, France; in all regional exhibitions ( VTTV, Inter-Sib), he also organized personal
exhibitions: in (1998) and in Siberian Cultural Center (2001).
At present time Nikolai Vasilievich works with 5-7 pupils. And it bears fruits: Maxim Golub has become a winner of
international art competition Delphic Games in Krasnoyarsk, 2005, and Mickail Peshkin - in Ladia-2007 (Moscow).
Except traditional for this handicraft works Nikolai Vasilievich with his pupils also creates utterly artistic original
works: embossments on fossil ivory surface. Skillfully carved handicrafts such as icons, beads, combs, earrings, brooches,
pendants, hairgrips, chessmen are in constant demand. Mummoth tusk has a unique netlike texture in transverse section that
allows recognizing noble material in handicrafts.
Carver's hands transform once organic material that ages made mineral and harder than marble into the finest carved
ornaments or beads inimitable in its colours painted by clay over the ages, or diminutive sculptures depicting really
existing animals as well as mythological ones and fairy tale characters.
|Oksana Kuleshova is a popular Omsk organist. She has participated in numerous All-Russian and international competitions and festivals as a pianist and a concertmaster. The musician has both played with a chamber ensemble (clavecin, organ) and soloed in a chamber academic orchestra. She has gained a wide concert experience playing with vocalists, violinists and academic chorus. She keeps gathering full concert halls and attracting a lot of admirers. |
How did it all start? How did maestro Kuleshova manage to achieve such a success? Let us look back at her early years.
Oksana is six. Her family is cultured. Her brother studies in Petropavlovsk Music School. It is he who seemed more likely to become a musician, but fate decreed that he would become a jurist. The parents want their daughter to be a doctor. But the charming sounds of black-and-white keys are more to the little girl’s liking: she wants to study music as her brother does and dreams about the music school she has heard so lot of. Her parents don’t mind: “She`ll suffer a little and give up”, they think. But they are mistaken! The young pianist doesn’t give up studying. Vica versa – she gets absorbed in music with all her heart, and after graduating she continues this way deliberately by entering the piano department of Petropavlovsk Music College. Thus she makes a professional step on the road to the future music career.
When a college student, she hears organ for the first time, but not a real sound, just a record of it. That’s why she isn’t that impressed by the instrument. The girl of musical talent is to hear “real live” organ only in conservatory.
So, walking confidently up her music track, Oksana graduates from the college and goes to Alma-Ata intending to enter the piano department of conservatory. Having done her best she succeeds again. A transient moment for Oksana’s career comes – she has visited her first “live” organ concert, which is to become crucial for her fate. The impression left by real organ sound is immense. Now Oksana is eager to master this majestic royal instrument. The young girl is lucky – a new organ class is being made up in the conservatory. As a result Oksana graduates from Alma-Ata Conservatory having acquired two professions: organist and pianist.
After her graduating she settles down in Omsk. Why this Siberian town? For some time she was uncertain: Omsk or Novosibirsk. She even had the opportunity to go abroad. But our city “has won”. And the famous Omsk organ is in large part responsible for this: the best organ in Siberia! Oksana has really fallen in love with Omsk instrument-orchestra. The royal instrument is known as very capricious: the sound quality can be easily affected by the slightest temperature fluctuations, pressure, humidity, the number of listeners. However, the musician has got on with it quite well and caught the fancy of the audience. This is how Oksana, having passed her thorny path, became a shining star of organ music.
Oksana Kuleshova performs musical compositions of different periods and styles: from baroque music to the music of modern authors. She is fond of romantic music and says that every great composer “has his own masterpiece”. “If you feel deeply the time the composition was created, it’s easier to understand it and to make it understandable for the audience”, the musician notes.
Omsk organist is always interested in cooperation with famous, uncommon musicians. Oksana accompanied Nadezhda Komarova (soprano) - the charming Grand Prix winner of All-Russian contest. Thanks to Oksana, Omsk witnessed a world musical premiere. Together with a chamber orchestra Oksana brilliantly performed the organ composition by James Patton (England). The most graceful organist, she likes to experiment by creating unusual concerts: organ plus saxophone, organ plus violin plus viola, organ plus domra. In the nearest future she promises her listeners a lot of creative presents. What next? She can’t foresee, but she is sure that music is her fate. She loves it so much, and this feeling seems to be mutual.