Anatole Krasnyansky, 1930 -

Anatole Krasnyansky, now residing in California, was already a prominent architect and watercolorist when he left the U.S.S.R. for the United States in 1975, where he found fertile ground for his aesthetic growth. His traditional cityscapes, much admired in Europe, have grown richer, freer and more expressive; and in recent years he has evolved a second, wholly new style with which to render the experience and ideas of his new life in the United States.

With a MasterÕs Degree in Architecture and Fine Art, he is well-versed in every aspect of the structure and design of the buildings he depicts. Since his arrival here in 1975, the artist has found important uses for his knowledge of architecture, design and his creative imagination, and he has realized his tremendous potential and achieved virtuosity in several different artist arenas. Working as a scenic artist in television, motion pictures and the theatre, he has designed sets calling for his specialized background. Always a lover of the baroque, he incorporated the strength and fluid grace of that style into his figural compositions, capturing thesense of motion with which a building makes a line flow from one area to another.

KrasnyanskyÕs awareness of the interdependence of architecture, sculpture, painting and applied art, and his knowledge of these diverse disciplines have shaped his career and found expression in his art works. Through experimentation he has developed his own artistic method, one that has freed him from the constraints of traditional watercolor techniques. KrasnyanskyÕs innovative inclusion of paper texture into the creative process is a dynamic component of his art, resulting in an expansion of the mediumÕs potential. He is one of the first artists to elevate the watercolor medium to the expressive possibilities usually associated with oil painting. Bordering on the surreal, KrasnyanskyÕs figures never depart from the recognizable. Altogether new in form, they contain echoes of the artistÕs Eastern heritage. Humane and profoundly lyrical, they combine the palpably substantial with a timeless and universal spirituality.

Major Exhibitions:

Dalzell Hatfield Galleries "International Watercolor Masters" (Camille Pissaro, Leonel Feininger, Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, Reuben Rubin, Anatole Krasnyansky, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Francois Gilot); Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; Los Gatos Museum, Los Gatos, California; UCLA, Los Angeles, California; Park West Gallery, Sounthfield, MI; and solo exhibitions in New York, Boston, New Orleans, Atlantic City, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, San Diego and Tokyo.


Television and Motion Pictures:

1975-76 - 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; Academy Awards Shows 1976-1977 and others. From 1977 - Set designer at Universal Studios. Credits include: Coal MinerÕs Daughter; Beatles Forever; The Blues Brothers; The Bastard; Prisoner of Zenda; The Archer; Battlestar Galactica; Condominium; Airport Õ79; GilliganÕs Island and others...

From 1981 - Stage Art Director at Odyssey Theatre, West Los Angeles. Credits include: Productions of "Mandrake", Machiavelli I. Dimont-K. Maurer & Ron Sossi Productions.