Artist Reception: Sasha’s Angels – Paintings by Alexander Anufriev

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Artist Reception: Sasha’s Angels – Paintings by Alexander Anufriev

Berryville, VA
Barns of Rose Hill
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for an artist reception with Alexander Anufriev and view his paintings – Sasha’s Angels – on display at Barns of Rose Hill. There will also be an Artist Q&A session.

Reception Date & Time:
Sunday, December 11 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Free Event!

The exhibit runs from Friday, December 2 – Friday, December 30, 2016. Exhibit Admission is free. Our exhibits are open Tuesday-Saturday (Closed Mondays & Christmas) from Noon to 3:00 PM as well as during concerts and by appointment.

About Alexander Anufriev:
Born in Moscow in 1940, Alexander Anufriev endured many years as an underground “unofficial” artist in the Soviet Union due to the spiritual nature of his paintings and his view of life and was the leading member of the Odessa Group. Since coming to the United States in 1980, his motivation as an artist has not changed.

“When I paint, I stand between the heavens and the earth, trying to make the invisible visible. I try to bring about a unification in my painting. Some might call it mysticism, the idea that we are all linked by our divine beginning. I think this unification is often expressed by beauty so I am always looking for beauty.”

Alexander is strongly influenced by art of the Renaissance particularly Pierro della Francesca, Fra Angelico, and Byzantine icons.

What attracts us to the works of Alexander Anufriev is perhaps their mystery. But equally compelling is their style. The mannerist refinement dispatches the recognizable to another level of reality, which he makes visible. He elaborates that “by looking at the world in this way, one can imagine one’s own striving for perfection. The inherent good, and not the evil, must be examined in attempting to achieve perfection, while searching for the positive in the outer world at the same time.”

What is most important to Alexander Anufriev as an artist is conveying the essence of things. “I try to represent what I feel from the core of the object,” he explains, “not just the exterior or visible part. In a stone, a table, a tree – in these objects there is some kind of divine substance that unifies them. In my perception of objects and people, I try to get beyond what exists today, to go beyond the temporary in order to express what is eternal.”

The vast majority of Alexander’s poetic, visionary works hang in museums and private collections throughout Europe, the United States, and the former Soviet Union. His artwork has been shown in both solo and group exhibits and galleries and has been featured in local, national, and international publications. He currently lives in the Washington DC area.

Alexander graduated from the Central Art School For The Gifted Children and received a BFA from Grekov College of Fine Arts in Odessa, Ukraine.