Contemporary Russian Art


Boris Otarov was born in Tbilisi in Georgia in 1916. In 1926, his family moved to Moscow and then to Berlin in Germany. In 1931, they returned to Moscow. In 1936-1941, Boris studied in the department of physics in the Moscow State University. In 1941, he voluntarily joined the Soviet army. Boris took part in the Stalingrad battle and in the liberation of Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia from the Nazis. When World War II ended in Europe, he found himself in Vienna, Austria.

In 1946, he joined the staff of the Moscow Power Engineering Institute and began to work on his Ph.D. thesis. In 1950, he established ties with artists Pavel Sokolov-Skalya (1899-1961), Pyotr Konchalovsky (1876-1956), Martiros Saryan (1880-1972), Alexander Kuprin (1880-1960) and Vladimir Weisberg (1924-1985). As a result, he started to give more of his time and energy to painting.

In 1952, he decided to abandon science and devote himself to art. In 1960, he began to teach in the People's University of Arts in Moscow and then in the All-Union People's Academy of Arts. He pioneered a unique approach to individual training in painting. Boris died in Moscow in 1991.

Boris's personal exhibits include those in the Moscow Committee of Graphic Artists at Malaya Gruzinskaya in Moscow in 1980, several institutes of the USSR Academy of Science in 1983-1985, the office of the Decorative Arts journal in Moscow in 1986, the Culture Foundation in Moscow in 1986, the House of Architect in Moscow in 1989, the Central House of Artist in 1994 and in 1996, the exhibition hall of Our Heritage journal in Moscow in 1998, the State Institute for Studies in the Arts in Moscow in 2001, the Russian Gallery in Tallinn in Estonia in 2002, the Russian Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow in 2006, the Russian D.Likhachev Research Institute for Cultural and Natural Heritage in Moscow in 2006, the Roslin Cultural Center in Moscow in 2006.

Among his most notable group exhibits are those in the Hotel Drouot in Paris in France in 1989, the Hotel Lutetia in Paris in France in 1990, the Hotel Tegnerlunden in Stockholm in Sweden in 1991, in the municipal gallery of Bordeaux in France in 1991, the Koleso Group exhibit in the Belyaevo gallery in Moscow in 1992, Galerie de l'ancienne Douane in Geneva in Switzerland in 1992, the German Embassy in Moscow in 1998, the Estonian Embassy in Moscow in 2000.

Boris's works are found in galleries and private collections in Russia, France, Sweden, Germany, England, USA, Japan, Finland, Austria, Estonia, Armenia and other countries.

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