Suljakov was born in the cultural center of Moscow in the year 1960.
His parents gave him an excellent home education and he began painting
at the age of seven. He continued with Russia's most rigid and traditional
art education. The schools were very strict and difficult, and only
a few were chosen to go on to the next level. The union of his traditional
education and his personal creative style helped him become the versatile
master artist he is today.
the ages twelve to twenty he perfected his style of technically difficult
artwork. He attended Moscow First Art school and served apprenticeships
at the Moscow Graphic Art Committee and the Moscow Modern Art Group.
Suljakov left Russia in 1991 after he, like many artists in the Soviet
Union, was asked to tie his art to politics.
asked how he feels about the United States, Suljakov emphatically
states, "I came to America when the time was right, when I had
enough experience to express my art and thought on canvas." For
Suljakov, one of the most frustrating situations in Russia were the
severe paint shortages. Paints were very rare and expensive and he
had to become a master manipulator just to get canvas and brushes.
When he came to America he was stunned, like most Russians, to see
all the colors readily available. Now he could finally transfer his
memories of Europe to canvas.
to cities such as Venice and Vienna as well as Paris while a young
artist could now be given their full justice. From the cafe's and
canals to the narrow alleyways and stairs, Suljakov paints the beloved
cities of the world in their timeless beauty. "If those who view
my art are happy, then I am happy," Vadik says with a broad grin
on his face.
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