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Anatole Krasnyanksy

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Krasnyansky was a prominent architect and watercolorist when he left the U.S.S.R. for the United States in 1975. He began working as a scenic artist for ABC and CBS. He pioneered a new watercolor technique by introducing paper texture into his creative process. Through experimentation, he developed this dynamic component of his art, making him one of the first artists to elevate the expressive possibilities of the watercolor medium to a level usually associated with oil painting. Krasnyansky works in two distinct styles – one depicts traditional European cityscapes and the other, more recently developed, focuses on surreal figural compositions. Krasnyansky’s figures never depart from the recognizable. Altogether new in form, they contain echoes of the artist’s Eastern heritage.

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“I try to send a message to the viewer: People, let us never forget our past. Never forget where we came from.”

Krasnyansky Born

Anatole is born to Rosalia Borisovna Krasnyansky and Lev Mironovich Krasnyansky on February 26 in Kiev, Ukraine (formerly in the
USSR). Father is a scientist and inventor who works on nuclear energy problems; mother is a nurse.

Father Passes, Uncle Helps Anatole Graduate

Father dies of leukemia after the test of his invention. Anatole and his mother become dependent on his mother’s brother, Lev Borisovich Landa. Landa supports Anatole up until his graduation from the School of Architecture.

Attends School

Anatole attends school and evening music classes. His teachers are Professor Bertye D.S. and Peleh A.P.

Krasnyansky and Mother Flee to Safety

Two weeks before the German army invades Kiev, Anatole and his mother escape to Stalingrad (Volgograd) where they stay from August to November. He meets Alexander Black, a well-known art director in the film industry from Leningrad (St. Petersburg) who had also fled to Stalingrad with his wife. He becomes Anatole’s first art teacher. When the Germans move close to Stalingrad, they flee to Tashkent, Uzbekistan with the military hospital where Anatole’s mother works as a nurse.

Takes Art Lessons from Alexander Black

Anatole attends the school and art lessons provided by Alexander Black.

Solo and Group Exhibitions

Solo exhibition and group exhibition: the Red Army Theatre and the Officer’s Club, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Graduates High School and Accepted into Architecture School

Graduates from high school in Tashkent, Uzbekistan then returns to Kiev, Ukraine with his mother and uncle. After passing the entrance examination, accepted into the School of Architecture program at the Kiev State Art Institute (now the Ukraine State Art Academy) in August.

Participates in Restoration of Winter Palace

As a student, participates in the restoration of Winter Palace at the State Hermitage Museum.

Studies Architecture at Leningrad Academy of Art

Studies architectural restoration at the Leningrad Academy of Art. Works on the restoration of Marble Palace at the State Hermitage Museum and Potemkin Palace in Leningrad (St. Petersburg).

Receives Master in Architecture

Graduates from Kiev State Art Institute. Receives Masters in Architecture along with additional title “Artist-Architect.” Wins third prize at the architectural competition for the Architectural Guild Building, Kiev, Ukraine.

Wins Prize in Architectural Competition

Wins second prize for an architectural competition for the Monument of Potemkin Uprising. Architect for Artists Union Art Pavilion for exhibition of Contemporary Soviet Art, Kiev, Ukraine.

Solo Exhibition

Solo exhibition: Drawings, Sketches, Watercolors of Anatole Krasnyansky, Ukraine, Architecture Guild Club,
Kiev, Ukraine.

Marries Nelly Koshevatsky

Marries Nelly Koshevatsky on August 29. She worked with Anatole on several projects as a draftsperson, then after graduating with an M.A. in civil engineering from the Institute of Civil Engineering, she worked on several important projects. Travels to Vienna, Rome, Florence and Venice to see art and architecture; is especially interested in Baroque architecture.

Wins Architectural Competition

Wins first prize at architectural competition for “House of Books,” Kiev, Ukraine. Architect for Restoration of Alexandria Park, a historical Dushes Hanska Estate where French writer Honoré de Balzac spent the last year of his life.

Group Architect and Designer

Group architect and designer, Kiev State Project Institute. Architect for the Republican Kiev Central Emergency Center.

Wins Prize in Architectural Competition for Polytechnic Institute Subway Station

Wins first prize in the first tour of open architectural competition for the Polytechnic Institute subway station, Kiev, Ukraine (in cooperation with M. Golod). Creative Decoration (marble mosaic on the central wall) and worked together with sculptor V. Boroday on sculpture relief for this station.

Recreated Complex Housing Thousands of Children on Black Sea

Architect for a recreation complex which housed 3,000 children on the Black Sea, Evaptoria, Ukraine.

Daughter is Born

Birth of daughter Rimma Kranet on August 29.

Principal Designer for Kiev Branch of Moscow State Project

Principal Designer, Kiev Branch of Moscow State Project and Science Institute of Technical Aesthetics. Principal designer for the group responsible for the interior designs of governmental buildings, public buildings, pavilions, and exhibitions. Works closely with the Artists’ Union of Ukraine.

Architect for Museum of Historical Treasures

Architect, exterior and interior, for the Museum of Historical Treasures, Ukraine.

Creates New Design for Pavilion of Contemporary Soviet Art

Contemporary Soviet Art in Kiev, Ukraine (in cooperation with the sculptors G. Kalchenko and V. Boroday). Approved by the Artist’s Union of Ukraine.

Principal Designer for Central Ukrainian Pavilion of Science, Technologies, and Economic Accomplishments

Principal designer, all interiors and exhibits, for the Central Ukrainian Pavilion of Science, Technologies, and Economic Accomplishments at the permanent Republican Exposition of the Soviet, Kiev, Ukraine. Preliminary design was approved by the government of Ukraine. Group exhibitions: The First Republican Exhibition of Drawings and Graphic Art, Kiev Gallery of the Ukrainian Artist’s Union; The First Republican Exhibition of Watercolor Paintings, Art Pavilion of Contemporary Soviet Art, Kiev, Ukraine.

Moves his Family to Vienna

Immigrates to Vienna, Austria with his wife and daughter (December).

Paints and Studies Architecture in Rome

Moves to Rome, Italy (January – July). Paints and studies architecture and art history in Rome, Venice and
Florence.

Moves to United States; Works as Scenic Artist for ABC

Immigrates to the United States with his wife and daughter (July); they settle in Los Angeles, California. Works as a scenic artist at ABC and CBS television studios. Credits include: General Hospital; variety specials for Frank Sinatra, John Denver, Bette Davis, George Burns, Olivia Newton-John and the Rock-and-Roll group Kiss; The 1976 Academy Award Show where he received a certificate of professional contribution.

Group Exhibitions

Group exhibitions: Heritage Gallery (April 11 – April 30), Los Angeles, two-person show (Galrin – Krasnyansky); T. Heird Fine Arts, Los Angeles; International Watercolor Masters, Dalzell Hatfield Gallery (August 5 – August 25), Los Angeles (the exhibition included works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, Rubin, Françoise Gilot, Paul Klee, José Clemente Orozco, Camille Pissarro, and others). Dalzell Hatfield Gallery published a poster for International Watercolor Masters with a reproduction of Krasnyansky’s watercolor of the San Marco Cathedral in Venice, Italy.

Works as Set Designer

Works as a set designer at Universal Studios, CBS, MGM, and Twentieth Century Fox. Credits include: the films “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Beatles Forever,” “The Blues Brothers,” “The Bastard,” “Prisoner of Zenda,” “Massada,” “The Archer,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Condominium,” “Airport ’79,” as well as the television shows “Gilligan’s Island,” “Knot’s Landing,” “Dallas,” “2010,” “Falcon Crest,” “Return of Maxwell Smart,” “Dr. Strange,” “Dynasty,” “Colby,” and others.

More Accomplishments and Exhibitions

Creates oil copies of Modern Master artworks for Colby’s Art Collection. Solo exhibition: Dalzell Hatfield Gallery (July 8 – August 12), Los Angeles. Group exhibition: T. Heird Fine Arts, Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, article on the artist and his portfolio of art and design. July 25: Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Los Angeles, California, article on the Dalzell Hatfield Gallery exhibition International Watercolor Masters.

Published Lithographs Plus More Exhibitions

Published three editions of lithographs: Rostov Kremlin, Russia; King Karl’s Bridge, Prague; Segovia Alcazar, Spain. Solo exhibitions: Dalzell Hatfield Gallery, Los Angeles; Haddad Fine Art, Inc., Anaheim, California. Group exhibitions: The Chamberlain Gallery, Los Angeles; The Upstairs Gallery, Beverly Hills. August 29: Novoe Russkoe Slovo, Russian daily newspaper, New York, New York, article on the Watercolors of Anatole Krasnyansky. September 15: Novoe Russkoe Slovo, Russian daily newspaper, New York, New York, Architectural Landscapes of Anatole Krasnyansky.

Creates Stain Glass Mural

Creates stain glass mural for the show “Return of Maxwell Smart.”

Solo and Group Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions: Amparo Gallery, Denver, Colorado; Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Art (November 4 – 19), New York, New York; Rosovksy Gallery, Laguna Beach, California. Group exhibitions: The Chamberlain Gallery, Los Angeles; Fireside Gallery, Carmel, California; Los Gatos Museum (July 20 – August 10), Los Gatos, California.

"The Mandrake"

Stage Designer and Art Director for the Play “The Mandrake,” based on Machiavelli’s work La Mandragola. Play directed by Igor Dimont and produced by Ron Sossi, Igor Dimont, and Karl Maurer. Odyssey Theatre, West Los Angeles, California. Solo exhibition: Los Gatos Museum (October 5 – 30), Los Gatos, California. Group exhibitions: The Chamberlain Gallery, Los Angeles; Gallery One, San Francisco, California; Contemporary Russian Artists, Stanford University (July 12 – August 15), Palo Alto, California.

Designs for Disney World

Architectural Design Conception and Development for Wed Production, Randall Duel and Associates, and Disney Productions. Projects include the French Pavilion, Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Solo exhibition: Upstairs Gallery, Beverly Hills, California; Sloan Gallery, Denver, Colorado; Gallery Elegante (February 20 – March 15),
Palm Springs, California Two-person exhibition: Collier Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Hishong’s Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Gallery Elegante, Palm Springs, California. Group exhibitions, The Chamberlain Gallery, Los Angeles; Gallery One, San Francisco; Upstairs Gallery, Beverly Hills; Sloan Gallery, Denver. 19: The Desert Sun newspaper, Palm Springs, California, In Honoring two Noble Russian Artists featuring Anatole Krasnyansky and Boris Iliyn at Gallery Elegante.

Interviews with Channel 4, NBC

Interview discussing Krasnyansky’s drawings and paintings on OdysseyProgram, Channel 4, NBC Television Studios.
Designs house for Mr. Tuli Dutsch, President, DC Investment, Development and Construction Company. Architectural consultant, University of California, Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions: Hishong’s Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Faculty Club (May 10 – June 25), San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California; Townsend Gallery, Redlands, California. Two-person exhibition: Tresidder Union (August 1 – September 1), Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. (M. Chemiakin, A. Krasnyansky)

Principal Architectural and Production Designer for Renaissance Guild, Inc.

Renaissance Guild Inc: Principal Architectural and Production Designer. Projects include the building of Gladiator’s Arena, art galleries, and corporate offices.

Group Exhibition Mexico

Group exhibition: Galeria Arte de Coleccionistas, Hotel Marie Isabel, Mexico City, Mexico.

Represented by Dyansen Gallery

Represented exclusively by Dyansen Gallery until 1993. Dyansen Gallery publishes several editions of lithographs and serigraphs. Solo and group exhibitions: Dyansen Galleries in Atlantic City, Beverly Hills, Boston, Carmel, Maui, New Orleans, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Tokyo. Solo exhibition: Gallery International, Dallas, Texas; Galeria Arte de Coleccionistas, Hotel Marie Isabel, Mexico City, Mexico.

Solo Exhibition Laguna Beach

Solo exhibition: Rosovsky Gallery (June – July), Laguna Beach, California. Two-person exhibition: Rosovsky Gallery (October – August), Laguna Beach, California.

The Muscians Series Published

Dyansen Gallery, Beverly Hills, publishes Anatole’s series The Muscians, hand-drawn flatbed lithographs.

Represented by Park West Gallery

Represented exclusively by Park West Gallery, Southfield, Michigan.

Part of Marqui's Who's Who in the West

Included as a subject of biographical record in the Marquis Who’s Who in the West, 22nd edition, the Marquis Who’s Who in American Art, Millennium Edition as well as all other editions of the Marquis Who’s Who in American Art.

Solo Exhibition PWG

May – June Solo exhibition: Park West Gallery, Southfield, Michigan.

Becomes Architectural Consultant for Albert Scaglione

Architectural consultant for private residence of Albert Scaglione, Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery, Southfield, Michigan. Designs façade for major renovation of Park West Gallery, Southfield, Michigan. May – June Solo exhibition: Park West Gallery, Southfield, Michigan.

Exhibitions and Appearances

Collector exhibitions and personal appearances, Park West Gallery:
May-June: Napa Valley, CA
June-July: Las Vegas, NV
July: Southfield, MI
August/September: Las Vegas, NV

Exhibitions and Appearances

Collector exhibitions and personal appearances, Park West Gallery:
January: Las Vegas, NV
February: Scottsdale, AZ
April: Beverly Hills, CA (visit to the artist’s home)
May: Holland America Rotterdam, the artist visits Odessa, Ukraine on May 6 for the first time in over 30 years.
November: Las Vegas, NV
December: Pebble Beach, CA

Exhibitions and Appearances

Collector exhibitions and person appearances, Park West Gallery:
March: Beverly Hills, CA (visit to the artist’s home)
March: Norwegian Cruise Line “Star”

Exhibitions and Appearances

Collector exhibitions and personal appearances, Park West Gallery:
March: Norwegian Cruise Line “Star”