in memory of my Mom...

Valentina Lezina (1940-2014). Russian artist, photographer.
Valentina Ivanovna Lezina (née Gridina) was born on September 23, 1940 in Karabash (Chelyabinsk region), in a mineworker’s family. Graduated from the school with the silver medal for academic achievement in 1958. Entered the Magnitogorsky Industrial College in the same year and finished it as a chemist in 1961. In 1961-1966 worked in Verkhny Ufaley, then in Kentau (Kazakhstan). Starting in December 1966 lived and worked in Togliatti (Samara region).
All her life she was painting for herself and never had any exhibitions. An autodidact, she got no artistic education. Her works were influenced by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Henri Rousseau, Anatoly Zverev, Vladimir Yakovlev. She mostly painted in gouache, tempera, water color, acryl on paper. Favorite genres – landscape, still-life, abstraction (rarely). The paintings were generally created from memory or imagination. In the summer 2014 entered the Solaris Artists’ Union. There are around 300 works of 2003-2012 that remain.
Valentina Lezina died on September 8, 2014 after long and severe illness.

"Materia prima", July - August 2014

National Center for Contemporary Arts, Ekaterinburg branch, Ekaterinburg, Russia

"Simple images", February 2014

Togliatti Art Museum, Modern Art Department, Тоgliatti, Russia

"Art Against Geography", June 2013

PERMM (Perm Museum of Contemporary Art), Perm, Russia

Mikhail Lezin: Boom May 31 - Jul 28, 2012

NEW YORK, NY – Ten43 Gallery is pleased to present Mikhail Lezin: Boom, on view from May 31st through July 28th, 2012. This is the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery, and first exhibition in the United States.

A prominent figure on the international noise music circuit and the founder of the Kubotrob music label, Lezin was the featured artist at the 2011 Moscow Biennienial. Music and music making form an integral part of his art practice. According to the artist “I make music synchronously while painting and drawing. I manipulate rhythm and sound in every picture while it is in creation. The results on paper or canvas may appear as a landscape or calligraphic compositions.”

The eight paintings in the exhibition all feature a wide spectrum of landscape interpretations coupled with recti-linear areas of color. Using a color palate and gestural style evocative of Julian Schnabel, Lezin nonetheless creates a pictorial language of his own with a strong urban and industrial sensibility.

Mikhail Lezin was born 1974, in Togliatti a city on the banks of the Volga in central, Russia. His paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions in galleries across Russia. Erarta at Ten43 Gallery focuses on showcasing the work of emerging, mid-career and established Russian artists. Founded in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2010, the gallery has locations in London and Zurich, and a gallery soon to open in Hong Kong, and is affiliated with Erarta, the first museum of Contemporary Russian art in St. Petersburg. The New York gallery is located in a townhouse at 1043 Madison Avenue at 79th street. In addition to contemporary Russian art, Ten43 also specializes in secondary market post-war modern and contemporary art. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 6PM.

"Iron rusts easily", November 2011

Art-Propaganda Gallery, Samara, Russia

"Art vs Geography. Cultural Alliance" 2011

4 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, CCA Winzavod, Red Hall, Moscow, Russia