The work of Russian illustrator and
painter, Dmitri Viktorovich Novakov, epitomizes the height of perfection and
attention to minute detail in the subject he represents. Born October 12, 1970,
in Novosibirsk, Siberia, he states, "Even before my birth I listened to Bach
with my mother and by the age of four, according to my teachers in kindergarten,
I was an absolutely abnormal child because I never broke any toys but was always
drawing and sculpturing".
Novakov's family moved to Tashkent,
Uzbekistan in Central Asia, and he was enlisted in art school for gifted
children where he studied until 1987. He then attended Tashkent State
Educational Institute and graduated in 1992 with a degree in Fine Arts. He then
became a teacher of fine arts, drawing, and handicrafts.
Novakov's circle of interests is very
wide, but mainly focused on the fine arts, especially painting, drawing,
sculpturing, literature and music.
While studying at the institute,
Novakov became interested in the arts of the Middle Ages and the early, high and
late Renaissance periods. He was amazed by Albrecht Durer's aspiration towards
perfection, accuracy, reasoning, eagerness and diligence. His desire was to
achieve the same excellence. Day and night were dedicated to painting,
researching reproductions and reading books on the subject.
With his God-given talent, creative
spirit, and a great deal of dedication, Novakov has been successful in
accomplishing his goals with precise observation and flawless execution of
naturalism. His brilliant imagination presents unique illustrations expressing
personal emotion that touches our hearts.
In April of 1999, under the Art and
Culture Program sponsored by the Open Society Institute of Uzbekistan, a contest
was held to generate ideas for art exhibitions. Novakov was among the winners
with his concept for an exhibition of illustrations based on the fairly tales of
Hans Christian Andersen. This is the subject of his exhibition held November
1999 at the Medical Center of Nazarov in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Novakov has been working on his
illustrations to Hans Christian Andersen's stories for four years. Each
illustration is one to two months to completion. Novakov stated, "When I decided
to try something real it was Andersen, and this is what came from my
Born in 1970.
1987 - 1992 - Study at Tashkent State
1989 - Participation in National
Caricature Contest "Volchok" in Moscow and Mariupol
1993 - 1994 - Work at school
1994 - 1995 - Work as a designer in
Architecture Hotel "Ay-Sell"
1999 - Winning the Soros Foundation
Small Grants Contest
1999 - Personal Exhibition in Esenin
2000 - Exhibition in "Open House",
Georgia State (USA)
2001 - Participation in the contest
on The Most Beautiful Illustrations to Children's Books "Bologna Fiere", in
2001 - Participation in the Laureate
Exhibition dedicated to the 5th anniversary of Soros Foundation in Uzbekistan
2002 - Participation in the Republic
Exhibition "Nature and the Artist"
2002 - Participation in the
Charitable Exhibition in Poland Embassy
2002 - Participation in the "Bologna
Fiere" Contest, in Bologna (Italy)
2002 - Affiliated with the Graphic
Section of the Union of Artists under the Academy of Arts of the Republic of
2002 - Personal exhibition in Medical
Center of Nazarov in Tashkent, Uzbekistan