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The fate of the artists at all times for the most part has always been filled with difficulties and sufferings, disfavor and rejection. But only true creators were able to overcome all the vicissitudes of life and achieve success. So for many years through the thorns had to go to the world-wide recognition of our contemporary, self-taught artist Sergei Basov.

What could be closer and dearer to man than charming corners of nature of his native land. And wherever we are, on a subconscious level, we strive towards them with our whole soul. Apparently, therefore, landscapes in the works of painters so much take almost every viewer as their living. And that is why the works of Sergey Basov, who passed through every square centimeter of his creation and inspired with lyrics, inspired and inspired with lyricism, are so delightful.

Sergey Basov (born in 1964) hails from the city of Yoshkar-Ola. In childhood, he was a very enthusiastic and inquisitive child who dreamed of becoming a pilot and excellently drawing, and not only airplanes. And when he grew up, he made a choice in favor of aviation – he graduated from the Kazan Aviation Institute. But it was not destiny to fly to Sergey – his health was pumped up, and the medical commission categorically imposed its veto.

And then Basov had to agree to the position of aviation engineer. And in his spare time began to seriously engage in painting. But despite the excellent natural talent, the future artist lacked a little academic knowledge and professional skills in craftsmanship.

And once he decided to radically change his fate: Sergey ended the career of an engineer and applied to the Cheboksary “hudgraph”. However, representatives of the selection committee, although they recognized an extraordinary artistic gift from the applicant Basov, did not accept his documents. The argument at the same time put forward a very weighty at the time: “We accept only graduates of art schools.” And the beginning artist had no choice but to independently master both the basics of painting, and its academic part, and learn the secrets of pictorial art through the works of great geniuses of the 19th century.

So in life it happened that he remained self-taught, as they said in the old days – a “nugget”, having an artistic gift truly from God. And to such masters, what a sin to conceal, in Russia in all ages was difficult. Here and Sergey not the destiny indulged strongly. So, during the 90s, Basov had to cooperate only with the galleries of Kazan, since Moscow in no way wanted to have affairs with a master who had no education and a glorified name.

But, as they say – water wears away a stone, and little by little the city was tackled by a talented painter. Since 1998, Sergei’s paintings began to appear in international Moscow salons. And orders from foreign lovers and connoisseurs of painting were not long in coming. And then the fame came to the artist, and world recognition.

Lyrics and hyperrealism in the works of the self-taught artist

Few people remain indifferent to the majestic, originally Russian corners of nature, frozen in time on the canvases of the artist. And the basis of each work, the foundation lays Basov traditional classics of landscape painting of the 19th century. And on his own he adds more sunlight and a harmonious combination of color gamut in the airspace, as well as quiet joy, arising from the contemplation and perception of the extraordinary beauty of the majestic Russian nature.

Over the past twenty years, Sergei Basov has participated in numerous collective and personal expositions. He is a member of the International Art Foundation and the Professional Union of Artists. And no one reproaches the master that he is a self-taught artist and an artist without a glorious name.

Many viewers of the master’s work are associated with the works of the famous landscape painter Ivan Shishkin. Sergey himself telling about himself says: “I am a Mari, I was born in Yoshkar-Ola, and spent my childhood with my grandmother in the village. There are many lakes with steep, under 30-50 meters shores. Our lakes can be written at any time of the day, and they will always be new. In nature, it is always like this: it is both constant and instantly changeable. I like her and something barely noticeable, and something epic … “.

The painter each of his canvas as if spiritualized and sang in him the extraordinary power of the natural element. Carefully peering into the image and listening to your feelings, you can even notice how leaves shake in the wind, hear the whistle of a cricket and chatter of a grasshopper, a splash of a river, and smell the subtlest coniferous smell of pine.

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