V. Shmagin was born in 1951 in Kimry, Tver Region. His permanent residence is in Dubna, Moscow Region. The artist is highly conscious of his deep roots he never loses touch with. Warm patriotic feeling and genuine national humour are woven into his work and the artist succeeds in conveying them to us without the use of explicit and literal description. He’s developed his personal language that stems from the national folk culture and historical and personal background. The artist combines the traditions of the Russian painting with the modern art.

V. Shmagin has graduated from the 1905 Memorial Art School in Moscow in 1975. From 1975 to 1990 worked as a teacher at the Children Fine Arts School in Dubna. He is a member of International Federation of Artists & National Artist’s Union of Russia and a teacher of the Fine Arts Studio in Dubna. Since 1979 has been participating in the exhibitions of the nonformal art in Moscow at the Exhibition Hall in Malaya Gruzinskaya Street.

Since 1983 he has been exposing his paintings in the exhibitions of the non-conformist art in Leningrad-St. Petersburg in the Experimental Fine Arts Association and Found “Free Culture”.

Since 2004 he actively collaborates with the gallery ”Vernisage 1+20” and creative Studio “DavidGroup”.

The artist had more than 30 solo exhibitions. His paintings are in private collections in Russia, Sweden, France, USA, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Holland and in the museums and galleries:

  • Museum of Contemporary Russian Art, New York, USA
  • Collection of Alexander Glezer, Moscow
  • City Art Museum of Narva, Estonia
  • Museum of Non-conformist Art, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Petrozavodsk, Russia
  • Museum of Art, Tver, Russia
  • State Central Museum of Russian History, Moscow, Russia
  • State Museum of History and Art, Sergiev-Posad, Russia
  • Museum of Modern Art, Rostov-na-Donu, Russia
  • State Museum of Art, Belgorod, Russia
  • Museum of Art, StaryOskol, Russia
  • State Art Gallery name P.M.Dogadina, Astrakhan, Russia
  • State Museum of Fine Arts, Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Mordovian Republican Museum, Saransk, Russia
  • State Museum of Art, Pskov, Russia
  • Museum of Art, Samara, Russia
  • Museum of Art name F.A. Kovalenko, Krasnodar, Russia
  • State Museum of Art name A.N. Radishchev, Saratov, Russia
  • “M’ ARS” Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • “Pan-Dan” Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • “Tersaeus Gallery”, Stockholm, Sweden
  • “Chalk Farm Gallery”, London, Great Britain
  • Centro Arte Moderna, Pisa, Italy