Anatoly Konenko

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Anatoly Konenko
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BornAnatoly Ivanovich Konenko
(1954-02-23)23 February 1954
Orsk of Soviet Union
Known forPainting
Notable workShod flea
MovementMicrominiature

Anatoly Ivanovich Konenko (Russian: Анато́лий Ива́нович Коне́нко; born 23 February 1954) is a microminiature painter and sculptor from the Russian city of Omsk. In 1996 he was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world's smallest book.

Life[edit]

Konenko was born in the town of Orsk in the Orenburg region of Russia. His family later relocated to Kazakhstan. Konenko received a degree in technical architecture from The Omsk College of Civil Engineering. In 1982 he graduated from Omsk State Pedagogical University with a degree in graphic design. He has worked as a designer of eye-surgery instruments.[1] Konenko began to create miniature works in 1981. Since 2007, his son has worked with him.

Microminiatures[edit]

Grasshopper playing the violin.

Konenko workes in a variety of media, using human hair, poppy seeds, and rice as surfaces.[2] Some of his works include living animals. In 2011, he created a miniature aquarium to house a living tiny fish, complete with a net.[3] It contained just two teaspoons of water, two fish, and some algae.[4] He can shoe a flea.[5]

Konenko's works often reference Russian fables and fairy tales; some of his most famous creations include "The Savvy Flea", "The Grasshopper Violinist" and "A Caravan of Camels in the Eye of the Needle". [6]

Miniature books[edit]

Konenko has published more than 200 miniature books. His edition of Chekhov's Chameleon, issued in 1996 in Omsk, is printed on paper and includes 30 pages, 3 color illustrations, and a portrait of Chekhov, and measures 0,9 x 0,9 mm. It was published in an edition of 100 and is bound in gold, silver, and leather.[7] Anatoly Konenko has been listed in Guinness Book of Records for creating the book.[8] In 2010 Konenko issued a collection of miniature book volumes of Pushkin, Koltsov, Evtushenko.

External links[edit]

Media related to Anatoly Konenko at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonnell, Sharon. "The men who shoe fleas". BBC.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  2. ^ "Anatoly Konenko's remarkable Micro Miniature artwork". Lost At E Minor: For creative people. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  3. ^ "A little fishy: World's smallest aquarium creates a (tiny) splash". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  4. ^ That's Strange But True: The World's Most Astonishing Facts And Records. Time Inc. Books. 2016-08-05. ISBN 9781618932181.
  5. ^ "Wonder Micro-miniatures by Anatoly Konenko Displayed in Tver :: Russia-InfoCentre". russia-ic.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  6. ^ Managed to shoe a flea
  7. ^ Mack, John (2007). The Art of Small Things. Harvard University Press. p. 11. ISBN 9780674026933.
  8. ^ Cantrell, Asher (2013-07-18). The Book of Word Records: A Look at Some of the Strangest, Shortest, Longest, and Overall Most Remarkable Words in the English Language. F+W Media, Inc. p. 159. ISBN 1440563306.