in Russian: Æóðíàë «Äåëîâûå
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Most of the man surprised mismatch voice and appearance. The high soft
voice with whimsical intonation went skinny timid intellectual in glasses.
Externally 42-year-old man, whose name is Sergey Zagraevsky similar to the
former athlete weightlifter: high, broad-shouldered, bald-headed. In General,
- I am an artist, art historian, theologian and businessman. - So he
says, when he was asked about his kind of activity. - Some artists go to work
as porters to earn money, but I do business.
From 10.00 to 19.00 the artist in an expensive suit sitting in an office
opposite the Danilov monastery and manages a large advertising company. After
19.00 on weekdays and on weekends Sergei removes the costume, and begins to
live the life of a theologian, writer, art critic, Chairman of the
That's floating pleasure boat on the
Sergei Zagraevsky grew sickly thin boy in school was always being
insulted for being so weak, and for being a Jew. The turning point in his life
came when he went to MADI. It was then that he began to eliminate child
complexes: actively involved in sports and even became a Komsomol activist.
Then there was a postgraduate thesis (according to Sergey, written by himself,
Active work was continued until 1998, while default is not brought about
changes in the Russian economy. The Bank, whose leadership was Sergei, like
many other Russian banks, ceased to exist. And then Zagraevsky decided to
become a professional artist.
- What do you draw? - asks Sergey.
- Draw a dog.
- I don't paint animals, let me draw you a boat.
He takes the white office A4 paper and a ballpoint pen rapid jerky
movements draws curls waves, the boat with a sail and the sun in the background.
Then, after thinking a little, takes one sheet of paper and draw a dog that is.
- The cat is like a little bit - I noticed.
- Oh, look at her ears like a dog, a dog - confidently says the artist.
Then he puts the number in both figures, signs and gives me.
On the wall in his office hangs a picture painted with oil: Livadia,
cypress, building with columns, lots of sun and, as always, bright colors.
- And that, buy your paintings?
- Yes, take, I sold a few dozen of his works. My paintings hang permanently
in the CHA, and they can buy anyone.
- How do you have time: start a business, and art?
- I am a lonely man, who therefore have enough time for everything: at
work, and creativity.
- As far as I know, it was you who created the Russian Union of artists
and is its Chairman today.
- Yes, I created this organization in 1999, and she happily lives to
this day, enjoys the credibility and actually protects the rights of artists.
We are totally free legal support to members, and to our securities very seriously
and carefully apply in state structures. Our organization already have a tried
and tested methods of "pressure". Trade unions are a unique public
associations. They are designed to protect the rights of their members, which
means that any trade
In came a woman of average height in a black suit and sunglasses and
gave Sergey some folder.
- Here's my Secretary-referent. We have been together for 20 years of
work. More horns sold together, and now doing commercials.
In other words, as an artist, you have failed?
- Why? Just the fact that I came in art, the beginning of the complete
collapse of the art market and stop opening new names. Now most of the new
names are mostly children, someone from the masters. Mostly comes stock
sixties, they enjoy an excellent reputation and authority. All attention is now
thrown to the other side - it's an antique. Shops seethe, they open up new
names, has now raised a large reservoir of minor artists of the XIX century.
But in the contemporary art, where there is a commercial risk, - a complete
- And what, descendants will know who the attention!? How do you think?
- Since I work in a large number of related areas, I have a chance that Zagraevsky found still be as a public figure, and me already many people know. A Zagraevsky as an artist, most likely, likely in a given historical epoch has not. I have a very unique style, many it annoying. Now is not my time. That's twenty years later - we'll see.