Olga and Aleksey Ivanov
Much has been said, written and discussed about this dynamic duo. Olga and Aleksey Ivanov are clearly a team built on ingenious creativity, ironic icons, mythology, technical precision, playful storytelling combined with a traditional execution proving masterpieces each time they offer a painting.
Olga and Aleksey Ivanov are considered two of the top Egg Tempera Fine Artists in the country today. Their modern approach to an ancient art form shows reverence to the medium. Both artists work in tandem depicting images that reflect exquisite compositions - delightful trompe l’ oeil paintings full of whimsy, intellect and trickery.
Classic Russian icons, Renaissance art, the landscape and images of contemporary life infuse the work of Moscow-born artists Olga and Aleksey Ivanov, a husband-and-wife team who collaborate on every painting they produce. Employing the ancient and somewhat temperamental medium of egg tempera, they create images that might be interpreted as inventive, playful and often ironic icons of our times.
Historically, icons were traditional religious images painted on small wooden panels used in the devotions of Eastern Christians. Russian icons evolved to high art, reflecting the history, technology, and temperament of the times and technical perfection of a classical masterpiece.
After graduating from college, the Ivanovs found work restoring 16th- to 18th-century Russian icons. They learned how to create gesso (a type of primer), apply it to wood panels, add a layer of cloth and paint it with egg tempera. They also learned burnishing, gilding, silvering and other techniques of the traditional iconographers. The artists explored the world of Russian Iconography and European Renaissance for several years. As part of this exploration, they created a number of restorations, learned the secret technologies of egg tempera painting, and created gesso, gilding, and other coveted methods of the ancient masters.
The Ivanovs began their creative lives together as artists working individually. Now all of their works are collaborative. It's quite a process and they worked out how to do it with a few paintings started that travel from Olga's easel to Aleksey's and back. The Ivanovs' paintings are unique because of their subject matter, joint execution and medium.
Born in the mid-sixties, Olga and Aleksey (a.k.a. O&A) are now blooming mid-career artists and an extremely sought after team of artists. The two received their classical art education in Moscow, Russia--and have collaborated ever since. During their years in school, they focused their studies on classical drawing, live model painting, human anatomy, and art history.
In their current fine art work, O&A are successfully blending yesterday's old masters of iconography and Renaissance techniques, with today's contemporary art language.
Many of O&A's fine art pieces are hanging in private collections across the U.S. and around the world. (e.g. England, Italy, Denmark, and Russia) In addition, selected images of their art work have appeared in American Art Collector, South West Art, and LUX magazines.
On the commercial illustration side, O&A have illustrated over 70 children's books in the highly competitive children's book marketplace. Three of their titles have sold more than 100,000 copies--an impressive feat!
The pair's publishing clients include Harper Collins, Henry Holt, Macmillan, Little& Brown Co., Scholastic, Paramount pictures, among the others.
The talented husband and wife team immigrated to the United States in 2002. Today, they live and work together in their artist studio near Denver, CO.