“American and European Landscapes” will display 38 of Anatoly Dverin’s original oil paintings at The Churchwood Gallery. Dverin is an award winning painter and a true master in every sense of the word. A reception will be held at the Preservation Framer on Saturday, Dec. 16, 7-9 p.m. and the works will be on display through the end of the year.
Born in Ukraine in 1935, Dverin’s first influence in the arts was his father, a sign illustrator and portrait painter. He would watch his father draw and paint while anxiously waiting to try drawing himself. Encouraged by his father, he showed great promise, drawing at a very high level at an early age.
These exchanges were interrupted with the horror and struggle of World War II. Dverin’s family was forced to flee their hometown of Dnepropetrovsk. In 1944 his family returned to their hometown to find it devastated from bombing. Dverin, now 9 years old, started taking art classes, and entered many local art contests. He quickly moved to regional competitions gaining exposure at a young age.
In 1950 he went on to study painting at the Dniepropetrovsk Junior Art College and graduated among the top in his class, securing his way into the Leningrad Muchin’s Art Institute. After one year, Dverin was accepted into the painting department at the Kharkhov Art and Industry Institute and after a six-year educational marathon Dverin earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree.
Dverin started work at the Artistic Fund and in 1964 became a member of the Artists’ Union of the USSR. His paintings were displayed at local, regional and national exhibitions. The ministry of Culture of the USSR and Ukraine commissioned his work while he also worked for several publishing companies. During this period, he made a large number of sketches and drawings of the many diverse Russian people, wonderful Russian Villages and vast landscapes from Vologda to Arkhangelsk.
Anatoly started work at the Artistic Fund and in 1964 became a member of the Artists’ Union of the USSR. His paintings were displayed at local, regional and national exhibitions. The ministry of Culture of the USSR and Ukraine commissioned his work while he also worked for several publishing companies.
By 1996 Dverin had become a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of North Florida.