Serge Marshennikov was born on the 30th of May, 1971 in Ufa, Bashkiria – USSR.
His grandfather was the general manager of a horse breeding company, his father, an electrical engineer and his mother was in pre-school education. From the earliest of times, Serge was always drawing, painting and sculpting from any material he could land his hands on. His Mother encouraged him to study, and from early childhood and he had a succession of private teachers and art studies that he attended. After receiving a number of awards for his children’s watercolor and pastel paintings, Serge decided to become a professional painter.
In 1995 he graduated from the Ufa Art College and continued his education at one of the most prestigious art academies in the world, The Repin Academy of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. As one of the most talented graduates of the academy, Serge was offered to stay for post-graduate studies at the studio of the Academician, Rector of the Academy, Professor Milnikov.
Serge’s first solo exhibition was in the gallery “Sangat” of his native UFA in 1995, the year of his graduation from the college. The show was a success and Serge was invited to exhibit at the Artists’ Union gallery. Since that time Serge has exhibited on a semi-annual basis, showing his works to his collectors and piers in both St Petersburg and Ufa.
Serge’s paintings have been sold through many prestigious art auctions, including famous Christie’s of London and Bonham’s in Knightsbridge. His paintings are held in the Museum of Modern Art (El Paso), in The Grace Museum (Abilene), and in many important private collections in Russia, England, Denmark, France and Japan.
Serge sites his biggest influences as Andrew Wyeth & Lucian Freud. As for more contemporary artists, he likes works of Jeremy Lipking. Serge currently lives and works in St. Petersburg with his Wife and 7 year old daughter.
To see more of Serge’s work (much of it in high-resolution), be sure to check out his Tumblr HERE.