Sergey Kurbatov’s airy, delicate and exquisite watercolors are admired by many: not only in Russia, but also abroad. Plots of the his artworks are architectural landscapes of Novosibirsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg and the quiet streets of European cities, graceful still lifes and landscapes. The artist’s remarkably subtle sense of color makes its vibrant summer landscapes harmonious and calm, filled with air and sun, and winter ones warm and cozy. Sergey works in a capricious and fanciful manner, in the so-called “wet painting” technique. This technique attaches depth and a sensation of sunlight and airy perspective to his paintings. Sergey Kurbatov was born in Budapest in 1970. In 1993 he graduated from the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design.
After graduation, he was engaged in graphic design and animation for a long time in St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk and painted with watercolors only for himself.
There was a period between 2000 and 2008 that Kurbatov perceives as “charging the battery” — it was a gradual accumulation of energy, knowledge, experience. His experience of watercolor painting on his own gave Sergey independence in plotting and style, as well as the time needed to experiment and search for an individual art language.
Since 2009, watercolor has become the main part of Sergey’s professional activity. This is a period of «energy return» and simultaneous recharging.
At the time, the first artist’s exhibitions are held, at first in Russia, and then in numerous international biennials in different countries (France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, England, Taiwan, China), also a large number of individual exhibitions, prizes and publications take place.
Sergey regularly holds plein air events with artists in Russia and abroad: Crimea, Altai, Southern Kazakhstan, etc.
Plein air painting is one of the strongest sides of Kurbatov’s work. As Sergey says, he simply bathes in it, «…You just plunge into a place, dissolve in it and then, after a while, emerge again…»
The ancient Russian city of Suzdal, the majestic Altai: all these extraordinarily beautiful places are where the artist loves to draw his creative inspiration. A great number of his excellent works are devoted to those.
At the present time, in addition to watercolor painting, Sergey spends a lot of time teaching, sometimes holding watercolor workshops in Novosibirsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg and abroad (Germany, France. Israel). Sergey has recorded a huge number of online courses. Besides the fact that Sergey is an amazingly delicate artist, he is also an excellent teacher who knows how to explain the whole process of watercolor painting step by step, in a comprehensible and playful way.
His master classes are always held with great success and give wonderful results. After his training, many students participate in international watercolor exhibitions.
2010 — solo watercolors exhibition in the Russian-German House (Novosibirsk, Russia)
2011 — solo watercolors exhibition at the Novosibirsk State Art Museum
2012 — participation in the International Watercolor Salon in Aiguillon (France)
2013 — solo exhibition in Apeldoorn (Netherlands) as part of the year of Russian-Dutch friendship
2013 – Award of International Watercolor Salon in Aiguillon (France)
2014 — Participation in the First International Watercolor Biennale in Saint-Paul-de-Leon (France)
2014 — participation in a joint exhibition at the end of the Altai plein air (Omsk, Liberov Center)
2014 — First award in British Council competition «Russia Today»
2014 — Participation in the International Watercolor Biennale in Saint-Fereole (France)
2015 — Participation in the International Watercolor Exhibition “Masters of Watercolor” (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
2015 – trip to London, organising of solo exhibition in MSE School suming up the competition of British Council
2015 — participation in the International Watercolor Elite Exhibition in Taipei (Taiwan, China)
2015 — international watercolor exhibition of in Brussels (Belgium)
2016 — Participation in the International Watercolor Biennale in Saint-Paul-de-Leon (France)
2016 — solo exhibition in Gallery 1, Novosibirsk, Russia
2016 — international watercolor salon «Regard ver l’Est» Reims, France
2016 — exhibition «Watercolor. Continent. From East to West» Saint-Petersburg
2016 — International Watercolor Elite Exhibition in Taipei (Taiwan, China)
2017 — participation in ARTILLERY Festival, Sankt-Peterburg
2017 — exhibition «La Forma dell’ Acqua», Rome, Italy
2018 — solo exhibition in Private Collection Gallery, Novosibirsk
2018 — exhibition RE-INTERPRETATION of International Contemporary Watercolor
2018 — 5th Silk Road International Arts Festival, Xian, China
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