Since arriving in the United States over a
decade ago, master Russian artist Vadik Suljakov (pronounced Shul-ya-kov)
has established himself as one of the most distinguished young
impressionists in the country. One look at his exquisite, rich
textured canvases and you understand why Suljakovs work is
so highly sought-after.
Suljakov, born in the cultural center of Moscow
in 1960, comes from a well-known, intellectual family with many
generations of artists and writers. His parents gave him an excellent
home education, which included painting by the age of seven. He
continued with Russias most rigid and traditional art education
and, from the age of twelve to twenty, he perfected his style of
technically difficult artwork. He studied at the Moscow Graphic
Art Committee and the Moscow Art Group.
In 1990, Suljakov left Russia like many other
artists had done, because they were asked to tie their art to politics.
He then spent a year in New York City with a group of other artists
from his native Russia, working as a commercial artist. When asked
how he feels about his first experience in the United States, Suljakov
emphatically states, I came to America when the time was
right, when I had enough experience to express my art and thoughts
Over the years, Suljakov has refined and
perfected his vibrant, textured style, which he achieves by using
both acrylic and oils together with a brush and a palette knife.
Inspiration for his European images comes from his fond memories
of traveling throughout the continent when he was young. He still
refers to thousands of his own photographs when creating these
exquisite images, right down to the smallest detail.
In 1991, Suljakov relocated to Southern California,
where he continues to create masterpieces -- each even more spectacular
than the last.