A piece of writing by Henri Pailler, curator of the Museum of Allard, about the painting of the Russian artist Nikolai Kuzmin
and its 8-month exhibition in the museum.
I discovered the painter’s colours in Haute-Loire one summer’s evening. The works, hanging in a very small space, revealed astonishingly light hues contrasting with the sombre shades of the nearby buildings. Luba, the artist’s daughter, rendered a perfect mimicry of the rainbow of colours in the paintings: all smiles, she radiated an intense, voluble and communicative happiness. As the perfect hostess she accompanied and guided the visitor. Love of father as an accompaniment to the visit. Rare indeed.
From a pixelated unreality he offers beauty and pertinence in a personal recomposition, one previous to standardized images or banal repetitions of our present fallacious clichés. The painter allows us time for contemplation and offers us the pleasure of a delightful and serene interpretation.
With this sensitive painter colour becomes a burst of cathodic blobs tirelessly combined, and the pictorial syntax becomes fundamentally contemporary.
When browsing through the paintings one has the urge to bite into the coloured matter. Like a child passionately beginning to model clay to make something of beauty – paintbrushes grow on our fingers!
Hung up on the picture rails of the Montbrison Museum Nikolay Kuzmin’s paintings become fabulous boatmen harboured in the world of Fine Arts.
Nikolay Kuzmin was born the 14th of August 1938 into a peasant family of Talinskoye, near Nizhny Novgorod, a medieval town on the river Volga, where he spent his childhood.
The future artist began studying painting at the Fine Arts College at Pavlovo-na-Oke.
In 1965 he lives in Moscow and continues his studies at the Higher College of Fine Arts. As early as 1970 he participates in regional and national exhibitions in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod...
In 1995 he begins his travels in Europe from where he always takes back new works, and participates in international exhibitions: England, Denmark, Germany, Croatia, France, and a retrospective exhibition of his works is organized at the 850th anniversary celebration of Moscow’s foundation.
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Henri Pailler, curator of the Museum of Allard, making a speech at the inauguration
of the 8-month exhibition of Kuzmin's paintings in the museum.