On 3 April, an exhibition of paintings by Maxim Anikandrov opened in the Rector’s Gallery (the hall on the first floor of the main university building). He graduated from Voronezh Arts College and later from Herzen Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) Arts College. Between 1991 and 1993, he taught at Narva Arts School and since 1993 has been teaching specialised disciplines at Voronezh Arts College. Since 2003, Maxim Anikandrov has been a member of the Union of Russian Artists.
He has taken part in over 20 national and regional exhibitions. Recently, he has had two one-person exhibitions in Voronezh and took part in municipal and regional exhibitions and plein-air painting sessions outside Voronezh His paintings and graphic works can be found in private galleries and Russian and foreign collections. Maxim Anikandrov’s paintings are powerful, brutal, and laconic. His animated brush stroke, the light and colour, impress people at first sight.
“I love sunshine and its tricks," said the painter, “but most of all, I’m interested in the psychological state of the person in the painting, in the moment when this person realised that something is happening inside of him when close to nature."
The exhibition was opened by the Rector of VSU, Dmitry Endovitsky, and the Director of Voronezh Arts College, Sergey Gulevsky, who honoured this outstanding and original artist.
Many participants of the opening ceremony, students from the Faculty of Chemistry and the Faculty of Pharmaceutics did not leave after the event, they stayed to watch the pictures, share impressions and take photos of each other in front of the pictures they liked best. Their favourite picture was “Juicy summer” that takes the viewer to the time of student holidays, the high summer, when the shades of grey characteristic of the spring are overtaken by the exotic brightness of a summer picnic.