Andrey Medvedev

1959 – 2010

Born on December 21, 1959, in Leningrad in an artist’s family.

In 1983 graduated “cum laude” from the department of textile of the Leningrad “Vera Mukhina” Higher Artistic-Industrial School. His graduation work – textile picture «Maternity» is made of broadcloth in the technique of intarsia (mosaic).

In 1985-1986 he joins the “New Artists” group, in collaboration with O. Kotelnikov makes animation videos for a documentary film studio, performs with “Pop-Mekhanika” rock-group.

In 1987 he curates the show "Russian Rock in Posters", which takes place in Paris, in “La Seita” gallery.


1989 A meeting of artists takes place in the central lecture-hall of the “Znaniye” (Knowledge) society’s palace with the end to sum up the results of the 80s. Among its participants are Timur Novikov, Gheorghiy Guryanov, Denis Yeghelskiy, Konstantin Goncharov,  Serghey Bugayev, Viktor Tuzov, Serghey Anufriev (Moscow-Odessa), Serghey Shutov (Moscow), Colin Fellows (Liverpool) and Andrey Khlobystin. There was made the decision to rename the New Academy of Omnifarious Arts into the New Academy of Fine Arts. The first professors of the New Academy are D.Yeghelskiy, A.Medvedev, Т.Novikov, V.Tuzov. G.Guryanov is made professor emeritus.


1991 The second exhibition on the Palace Bridge is organized by I.Movsesyan, who subsequently founds the “Palace Bridge” museum consisting of the exhibits. The exhibition is dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. Its core is made up of works by neo-academicians: G.Guryanov (“Wrestlers”), Т.Novikov (“David Trampling Upon the Red Quadrate”), V.Tuzov (“Michelangelo and Picasso’s Dialogue”), I.Movsesyan, D.Yeghelskiy, А.Medvedev, V.Mamyshev (picture-advertisement “PTV”, “Outstanding People’s Deaths” series), О.Maslov, О.Tobreluts and others. Y.Lesnik and V.Mamyshev make a video of the show for “PTV” entitled “The Exotics of the Classical”. (The night of June 21-22).


1992 The third exhibition on the Palace Bridge entitled “Leonardo’s Extravaganza and Allegory”. The participants are Т.Novikov (“Swans”), О.Kotelnikov (“Gioconda’s Smile” – white plastic with electric bulbs), А.Khlobystin (“Leonardo-octopus”), А.Popov and others. (July). Pic. 5.


1993 Mayakovski’s Centenary. The Marble Palace of the State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg).

“Another Saint Petersburg” exhibition. G. Guryanov, B.Matveeva, О.Maslov, D.Yeghelskiy show their neo-academic works. Among the participants are Т.Novikov and А.Medvedev. The show’s catalogue containing articles by Jean-Pierre Brossard, Ewa Berard, О.Turkina and V.Mazin is published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Martigny, Switzerland. (November 7, 1993 – January 30, 1994.)


1994 The New Academy opens on 10, Pushkinskaya square in Saint Petersburg.

Classes for students start in the New Academy’s halls. Regular shows of professors’ and students’ works are organized, as well as historical exhibitions and fashion photography shows. 


In 1994-1995 Medvedev is one of the curators of  "Passiones Luci" project, exhibited in George Soros’s Center for Contemporary Art.

1995 The special edition of the “ART” magazine is published with the article by Von Christian Troster about Saint Petersburg and the New Academy. The cover of the magazine features artist Olga Tobreluts. “ART” magazine #3, 1995, Hamburg. (March.)


The New Academy’s Museum in opened in the halls of the New Academy of Fine Arts (10, Pushkinskaya square, Saint Petersburg).

Timur Novikov becomes director of the Museum, Victor Kuznetsov is elected director of the New Academy, A.Khlobystin becomes academic secretary of the New Academy after the former secretary V.Tuzov’s death. (April 1.) 


“The Golden Ass”. Sketches and projects. Among the participants are D.Yegheskiy, А.Medvedev, Е.Ostrov, О. Maslov, V.Kuznetsov and А. Khlobystin. Curators – Е. Andreeva and Т. Novikov. The Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg. (June 28.)


 Since 1995 A.Medvedev is a member of the research group of  NAFA, engaged in reviving forgotten techniques of 19th century non-silver photographic printing: gum-pigmentary, glue, bromol.

Since 1995 Medvedev is head of  the teaching department of the New Academy of Fine Arts.

1997 Exhibition “North – South” in collaboration with Oleg Kotelnikov in the framework of the project “Polar Model of Art”. Presentation of the book “North – South”. Museum of the Arctic and the Antarctic, Saint Petersburg. (September 13.)


1998 The movement of the “New Serious” is founded, comprising Т.Novikov, D.Yeghelskiy, Е.Ostrov, I.Vishnyakov, G.Guryanov, S. Makarov, A. Medvedev.

The movement’s convention takes place in New York, where the New Academy was represented by Е.Ostrov and I.Vishnyakov. The manifest of the “New Serious” adopted at the convention was published in the newspaper “Khudozhestvennaya Volia” (Artistic Will). (Spring.)

In 1998-2000 Medvedev gives drawing classes in the New Academy’s halls in Mikhailoskiy Castle. 


Since 2000 the artist takes a great interest in the subject of conquering the North Pole by aeronaut Umberto Nobile, and creates a series of  paintings and works on paper with airships “Italy” and “Norway”. He works with black-and-white and infrared photography.


Andrey Medvedev died on July 27, 2010. He was buried in the graveyard of the former Nicola-Medvedskiy Monastery in Novaya Ladoga.

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