Nikolai Kuzmin (artist)

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Nikolai Kuzmin,
Nikolai Vasilievich Kuzmin
Николай Кузьмин,
Николай Васильевич Кузьмин
EducationStroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry
Known forPainting

Nikolai Vasilievich Kuzmin (Russian: Николай Васильевич Кузьмин) is a Russian painter born in 1938 in Talynskoye, Vachsky District, not far from the town of Nizhny Novgorod. After studying in the Art College of Pavlovo-na-Oke, close to his home village Talynskoye, he entered the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry[1] and became an alumni in 1970. In 1991 he entered the Artists' Union of the USSR, which became in 1992 the Union of Russian Artists.

The painter has travelled and painted widely in Western Europe [2][3] and organised some exhibitions there, notably in France.[4][5][6][7][8] The artist's paintings are available in the Matthieu Dubuc gallery in Rueil-Malmaison, in the vicinity of Paris-La Défense.[9][10][11] The artist's exhibitions take place in galleries, museums [12] and annual exhibitions organised in common by artists, such as Art Capital or Souvenir de Corot in Paris and its neighbourhood. The artist has been participating for many years in the Watercolour and Drawing Annual Exhibition in Grand Palais, Paris, France. In 2022 also at Art Capital, Nikolai Kuzmin took part at Grand Palais Éphémère in the 'Salon Comparaisons' annual exhibition, together with the 'Ut pictura poesis' group of artists, of which he is a member, led by the painter Carole Melmoux.

Nikolai Kuzmin also has regular exhibitions in Russia, notably with the Moscow Union of artists, of which he is a member.[13][14]


Nikolai Kuzmin's favourite painting technique is oil on canvas with spatula.[15]

Nikolai Kuzmin's painting is not far from expressionism and fauvism.[16]

The painter's work has been strongly influenced by the remembrance of his childhood.[17]

Nikolai Kuzmin likes painting the architecture of his home town Moscow.[18] He also paints the landscapes he observes during his travels, like on the island of Korčula in Croatia.

The themes covered by Nikolai Kuzmin's paintings are varied:[19][20]

  • Garden-spring-blooming
  • Artwork on paper / On the road to Murom-the Farewell
  • Abstract oil artwork / Interlacing of roads
  • Portrait
  • After the war
  • Travel:
○ Paris Region:
- Ponds of Corot
- Forest of Fausses Repose
- Versailles-Viroflay
- Around Paris
- Paris
○ French Province:
- Mediterranean
- Corsica
- Sainte-Victoire-Mountain
- The Alps
- Brittany
- Normandy
- Other French regions
○ Croatia
○ Crimea
  • Native soil
  • At the dacha
  • Architecture:
○ Moscow
○ Russia
○ Western Europe (Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium)
  • Landscape:
○ Russian landscape
○ Russian winter landscape
○ Western Europe (Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium)
  • Religious, popular and mythological:
○ Religious
○ Popular
○ Mythological
  • Still life and Flowers:
○ Still life
○ Flowers
  • Other themes


  1. ^ Vechernyaya Moskva (Moscow Evening Newspaper) on Saturday 17 May 1997, an article by Evgeny Nekrasov, picture by Alexander Abaza.
  2. ^ Yunyi Khudozhnik (Young Artist magazine), 1997, Nikolai Kuzmin recounts his travels to Denmark and England
  3. ^ The Moscow Times, summer 1998, an article by Matthew Burger
  4. ^ Le Figaro, on 6 November 2006, an article by Armelle Héliot
  5. ^ Nice-Matin, 7 April 2007
  6. ^ La Tribune le Progrès, 22 August 2006 – 28 August 2007 - by Pierre-Henri Paulet.
  7. ^ Monthly magazine of the town of Versailles, November 2006 and October 2009
  8. ^ Les Nouvelles de Versailles, 22 November 2006 and 7 October 2009
  9. ^ (in French) Nikolai Kuzmin's paintings in Jacques Baumel multimedia library and Maison des Muses gallery (Matthieu Dubuc gallery) archive
  10. ^ (in French) Page about Nikolai Kuzmin on the web site of Matthieu Dubuc gallery
  11. ^ Nikolai Kuzmin's exhibitions in Matthieu Dubuc gallery
  12. ^ Le Progrès, Lyons, 2 March 2010 by Marie-Pierre Souchon
  13. ^ News from the Moscow Union of artists, 2018, #3-4, 'World of painting' (another newspaper from the Moscow Union of artists), March–April 2018, #3-4
  14. ^ An article (in Russian) written in 2021 by Natalia Yustitskaya about the personal exhibition of Nikolai Kuzmin's paintings in Moscow:
  15. ^ Artistes Magazine, Éditions du Grand palais, October 2012, by Valérie Auriel
  16. ^ Universe of the Arts magazine (Univers des Arts), October 2006, by Patrice de la Perrière, editor in chief
  17. ^ Universe of the Arts magazine (Univers des Arts), October November 2011, by Thibault Josset
  18. ^ Where Moscow magazine, in September - October 1997, an article by I. Petchkin, Editor of the « Moscovite Artist » journal
  19. ^ by the art critic Nina Gordeyeva (Mikhaylova) about Kuzmin's painting and what influenced it
  20. ^ by Henri Pailler, curator of the museum of Allard, Montbrison, France, February 2010

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