“Pictures are bits of life”, as Sitka Charley, Jack London’s Native American character, used to say. You don’t know what happened before the instant captured in the painting, nor can you anticipate what would happen next. You can only see “the now” - a moment frozen in time, as if caught in amber. You can take your time to study all the details and dwell upon each and every stroke and line, and see the life in all its beauty in these small bits. You can finally see everything that, unfortunately, we so often lack time to admire. 29 of my paintings are shown below.
Some people prefer my early paintings, which were more gentle, detailed, and even photorealistic. Even though those times have passed, you can still find 34 of my early paintings below, some of which are still available for sale. Click on the tiny square picture below.
55x55 cm, canvas, oil
Sketches are the blood of paintings, without which art becomes faint and lifeless. Their incompleteness and imperfection is a promise of a future masterpiece. They are always better than the final large canvas, no matter how well-made they are, just like the expectation of a miracle is always more precious than a dream come true. 80 sketches are demonstrated below.
Spanish Album. In October 2013, while traveling around Spain once again, I had a small brown paper album on me. In it forever remain the snow-white houses and the deep blue sky of Chinchon, the smell of freshly-baked bread that was hanged on doorhandles in small towns early in the mornings, the heavy gray sky above the Avila fortress, brightly colored buildings of Cuenca... It was so wonderful that in July 2016 I once more returned to Spain with another brown paper album. Below you may see both albums - 65 colour and 13 b/w sketches.
2013, 19x26 cm, marker, tempera, kraft paper
2016, 21x29,6 cm, marker, tempera, kraft paper
2016, 21x29,6 cm, marker, tempera, kraft paper
Three books are available for sale:
1. Book-catalog 2013-2018 (80 pages, 21x21 cm) is filled with stories and has lots of paintings, as well as their enlarged fragments.
2. Book-catalog 2007-2012 (64 pages, 21x21 cm) has lots of paintings, as well as their enlarged fragments.
3. Spanish album - an actual printed copy of the original 2013 album - the same A4 size (42 pages), also on a spring, with no texts inside.
4. Spanish album-2 - an actual printed copy of the original 2016 album - the same A4 size (38 pages), also on a spring, with no texts inside.
My canvas prints are available at iCanvas.
Write me if you didn’t find there the painting or sketch you like.
Evgeniy Monahov was born in 1974 in Moscow, in the family of a naval officer and engineer, none of his relatives or ancestors had any contact with art. Nevertheless, at a fairly early age, he began to show interest in art. Evgeniy Monahov graduated from the Moscow Academic Art College in 1996 and the Surikov Art Institute in 2002.
In 2003, International Artist Magazine published an article about him which attracted the attention of several galleries from around the world. In 2004 he received an offer to take part in a large cultural event entitled "Russian Summer in Santa Fe" at Andreeva Gallery, which was accompanied by numerous publications of his paintings and interviews in the local press. In 2005 he opened with his first solo show "Scenes of the Southwest" in this same gallery. In parallel, he began to cooperate with the French gallery "Galleries Bartoux", exhibiting from the Champs Elysees in Paris to New York.
In 2012, a large interview with him was published by the Russian magazine "Eclectic" and he held two large solo exhibitions in the Moscow gallery G8 - "Playing with Light" in 2012 and "Pieces of Life" in 2013. Also notable was the repeated participation in the exhibitions "ModPortrait" in the museums in Zaragoza and Barcelona in 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021, exhibitions "Figurativas" in the museum MEAM in Barcelona in 2019 and 2021 and the exhibition "Spark" in China in 2018.
In 2021 his work “Girl with a Gun” won the Bouguereau Award and a Purchase Award in the 15th International ARC Salon Competition. In addition, “Girl with a Gun”, was illustrated in the Lunar Codex, a cultural archive of contemporary works, launching on the Nova-C Lunar Lander to the Moon, to be preserved for posterity. His painting of “Pasion for Color” won Best Nude in the 15th International ARC Salon Competition and his work of “Windmills of Your Mind” won a Dual category award and an ARC Purchase Award as well.
In July 2021 at hosted by Sotheby's auction Contemporary Realism: Important 21st Century Works his painting "Passion for Color" was sold for $38,000, more than doubling the maximum estimated price.
Evgeniy Monahov has become recognized by the Art Renewal Center as an ARC Living Master, (ARCLM).
His paintings are found in private and corporative collections around the globe, including: USA, the European Union, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates among many, many others.