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Misti Pavlov

Honors Graduate,
St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts

Misti Pavlov was fortunate to have been born in St. Petersburg, home to the State Hermitage Museum, one of the top four museums in the world. In 1972, when he was just five years old, his mother, recognizing her gifted young son already possessed a formidable artistic talent, took him to the nearby State Hermitage Museum where he was accepted into their art program for gifted children. Two years later, at age seven, the museum's then curator Professor B. Piotrovsky was so impressed with Misti's extraordinary talent he personally took over supervision of the young student's education.

In 1979, age nine, Misti began extensive studies at the Repin School for Gifted Children in the Arts, part of the internationally renowned St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. At age 17 he entered the academy proper where Academy President Professor B. Uvarov personally directed his further education. Misti graduated Valedictorian and received the Academy's "Graduate of the Year" award.

A decade or so later when it became easier for Russians to travel abroad, Misti began an exploration of France, Italy and Spain that continues to this day. At the beginning of June each year, he takes a plane to one Mediterranean country or another then a bus to a small town, preferably near the sea, where he starts seeking subjects for his work. Inspired by Renoir and Sisley, he loves to create a romantic mood in his paintings using the impressionistic play of light and shadow around the figure of a woman or clouds racing across a landscape.

Pavlov is a genuine contemporary master who has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Russia and Europe. His paintings are in many private collections in Russia, Western Europe and the United States.

In 2003, his painting of the Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina Volochkova sold in St. Petersburg for the highest price ever paid at auction for a contemporary work.

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