Russian artist fetes Contributors to Victory

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An exhibition of works by Russian painter Boris Simionovich Iliukhin opened May 8 in Ho Chi Minh City, marking the 67th anniversary of defeating the Nazis and the 37th anniversary of Southern Vietnam's liberation (April 30, 1975).

Titled "Contributors to Victory", the exhibition showcases 120 of the 65-year-old Iliukhin's finest paintings, a small portion of works that span nearly 50 decades. Iliukhin is one of the top artists in portrait stamp design in Russia.

It includes a series of portraits on heroes, military generals, scientists, writers, poets, artists of Russia, whom Iliukhin, 65, regards as "the contributors" who devoted themselves to the construction and defense of their homeland.

Director Ma Thanh Cao of the HCMC Museum of Fine Arts, where the exhibition is being held, said at a press briefing on the opening day that the artist is one who understands, respects, and deeply loves the people and the country of Vietnam.

This love is expressed partly through his series of ancient streets, temples, pagodas in Hanoi from one of his trips to Vietnam, he said.

Among the exhibited works is a painting named "My heart in Vietnam."

The exhibition also includes landscapes and still life paintings in oil, watercolor, pencils and mixed material.

A member of Russian Creative Artist Association, and corresponding member of Russian Academy of Stamps, Iliukhin is skilled at using multiple visual art techniques and creation of art pieces in different genres.

He established the Private Fine Arts School "Staraya Schola" in 1980 that has produced many young, talented and potential artists.

He is also a famous fine art critic, a writer and a poet with ten published works.

On the opening day, Iliukhin drew a portrait of 85-year-old Heroic Mother Phan Thi Cu. The painting will be exhibited at the museum.

"Contributors toward Victory" will run until May 17 at 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1.

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