Nikolai Ivanovich Andronov
- Laureate of the State prize of the USSR (1979)
- A corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts (1988)
- Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1979)
- People's Artist of the Russian Federation (1996)
Nikolai Andronov was a gifted and thoughtful Russian-Soviet artist who was one of the founders of 'Severe' style and has played a vital role in the process of transformation of art and changes in its fundamental concepts in the 1960s and later. At first, the artist was in the middle of all the new trends that were happening in the 1950s -1960s in Soviet art, but then he stepped aside from the common flow. He was eager to construct a less artificial alternative which would be contrasting with glorified, idealised Socialist Realist painting. Much of Andronov's early work is monumental and decorative with a restricted, even gloomy, colour palette filled with a sense of unease. These works represent a quite narrow range of subject matters consisting mainly of mundane scenes of labour or preparation for work with withdrawn and introspective figures. Also, Andronov is known for his monumental works such as frescoes and mosaics in the architectural design of public buildings. His later main subject matters were deserted Northern landscapes, interiors of traditional Russian houses, rustic still lifes and melancholic, contemplative self-portraits. The artist has managed to create an image of himself as one holding the truth in high regard and fighting with Soviet artistic ideologies. Although his art has never been politically motivated, many of Andronov's works, particularly his monumental works, are not devoid of civil pathos and craving for big statements. Through the course of his artistic career, Andronov was often, all of a sudden, quite radically changing directions in which his art was going, even occasionally contradicting his previous work and its manifestoes.