Growing up in Soviet Russia, Kirill discovered a passion for art and illustration, but was stifled by the government at every turn. As a painting and drawing instructor, he was forced to teach a very limited program, approved by the government. The difficult political climate took a toll on him and he emigrated to the US in 1981, settling in Ridgefield. Now, Connecticut has become a part of him. He has developed a deep connection with the landscape, falling in love with the east coast architecture and old barns, but more importantly the affinity between the people and old places. “Its strange,” he says “because its nostalgia for something I’ve never had.”
Kirill likes to paint simple objects, “I like broken glass, tool boxes, pieces of brick, the simple, beautiful, but forgotten.” Light is often an intense focus in Kirill’s paintings. It pushes him to “think about myself, life and especially change.” For him, light is life.
Here’s an article the New York Times did on Kirill: https://www.nytimes.com/1997/12/28/nyregion/an-immigrant-celebrates-light-and-land.html