Dmitri Belyukin (1962-), Member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts
It might seem an easy task at first to give a comprehensive definition to Dmitri Belyukin’s creativity, since we have come across a brightly shaped personality.
Dmitri was lucky enough to be born in the family of a talented graphic artist, Anatoly Ivanovich Belyukin, who belonged to the constellation of outstanding book masters trained by V. Favorsky. Possessing a remarkable understanding of the text, they maintained a high standard of book creation. The artist’s mom, Ksenia Nikolaevna, a literature editor, encouraged her son’s interest in history and literature. With his father as his main teacher, Dmitri started to illustrate Yevgeny Onegin by Aleksandr Pushkin in 1998. It is a refined edition of the “handy” format that is very pleasant to hold in your hands, and is created according to the classic specifications of book design.
Dmitri Belyukin is always very precise in his approach to history. All of his paintings are backed with hard work in researching the era to be reproduced, focusing on the background events and material culture. Hence, his creations are always authentic, but this authenticity, overwhelming, for instance, in White Russia in Exile, fades into the background with the passage of years. It was replaced by a metaphorical method that provides psychological, not subject-oriented, authenticity; and when we mention that the artist works in the classical style, we mean he aims for psychological authenticity in the long run. The metaphor combines the details into a unified image that rises above ordinary things, including historical facts, and inclines towards lyricism in some cases, and towards epic poetry in others.
Russkoye Iskusstvo (Russian Art)
Dmitri Belyukin is the creator of White Russia in Exile (1992-94), which is the source of the header art on this website.