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Vladimir Rusinov was born February 20, 1960 in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. He attended secondary school #1 position in the Komsomolskij Zmiey district of the Kharkov region. He also took a correspondence course through the Moscow Folk University of Arts, majoring in graphic arts and painting with a specialty as a secondary school teacher. He served in the Soviet Army from 1979 to 1981.
His wood carving features highly dramatic and detailed relief scenes of people animals in medium to smaller sizes, many honoring specific events from the past. He also builds larger cartoon-like, brightly colored sculptures for the entertainment of children.
He is married and has a son and a daughter plus two grandsons and a granddaughter. He now lives and works in Liman, Zmiev district, Kharkov region, Ukraine.
In his own words
What inspired me to become a
When I was 13 I began my first carving lessons, but without any instructors. My first carvings were little smiling masks, funny and good. I never liked wicked characters. I did not have any special carving tools and was working with just a knife. I still remember that it was heavy and long. I would paint the face masks with different colors. Then I understood that painting a tree is not needed. A tree already has a beautiful color and texture. The wood can be dark or light. In autumn when leaves fell from from trees I liked to go for a walk in the forest and always played with leaves. I would collect the most beautiful ones and gave these bouquets to my friends. I also observed that tree branches have beautiful knots and interlacements of fragments of twigs. To me they had a very beautiful appearance, looking like animals, people and birds. I began to hand saw (whip-saw) on a tree and to cut these little details on trees and branches. This was fantasy for me. They were also good and little. I brought these fragments home and finished cutting them to the necessary form. Cutting became very interesting to me. My mother did not have money to purchase good tools for me; therefore, I went to study drawing in the childrens studio in the House of Culture in our small town. I began quickly to draw my future characters and heroes. My hands became stronger and more skilled; child's fantasy becoming more adult-like. A little boy passed into an adult world of feelings and understanding of the beauty around us.
What I also learned is that chisels and knives must be very sharp, and thus are dangerous to children who are learning to carve. A teacher must always be alongside.
How do I create
my artworks in wood?
What are my
thoughts about craftsmanship?
|Photo Gallery of Rusinov's
Photo Gallery of Rusinov's Children's Sculptures
List of Rusinov's Exhibitions and Achievements
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