Anatoly Komelin

Born in 1953

Anatoly Komelin is one of the most prominent living Russian sculptors. Born in Mari El republic, he has lived and worked in Moscow since 1981, moving to his outdoor studio in Tarussa every summer.

Initially working with clay and bronze, Anatoly Komelin created works in the framework of the figurative plastics tradition. Over time, in search for solutions to his formal and conceptual goals, he developed a unique ascetic figurative language. He started working with wood and natural stone, experimenting with conventional and later with abstract and primitive forms, defining the power and expressiveness of minimalist vocabulary.

In recent decades Anatoly Komelin’s work has separated into two directions: easel sculpture; and Biblical bas-reliefs, which he creates for Orthodox churches in Russia.

Anatoly Komelin lives and works in Moscow. His works are part of the collection of the State Tretyakov gallery (Moscow), Russian Museum (St Petersburg), MMOMA (Moscow), M’ARS Contemporary Arts center (Moscow), and in state art galleries in Vologda, Yaroslavl, Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Tarussa, Tomsk as well as in private collections in Russia and Europe.

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