Egor Ostrov (born in 1970) is a third generation artist. His grandmother, Liya Ostrova, who was a well-known academic artist, first taught him how to work with canvas and oils. Since early childhood Egor was surrounded by beauty. Growing up in St. Petersburg with its astonishing architecture, magnificent palaces, museums and cathedrals, Ostrov honed his aesthetic sensibilities in a unique setting. Naturally beauty formed the main quest of his artistic activity.
After graduating school, he studied at the Leningrad Electro-Technical university and subsequently at the Academy of Fine Arts. One of the pivotal events that transformed his approach was a fateful meeting with artist and teacher Timur Novikov, whose New Academy of Fine Arts Ostrov readily joined in the early 90s.
Having received a classical fine art training, Ostrov began to experiment with different techniques including graphics, photography and gumiarabics. Through such experimentation Ostrov developed a unique style that combined all elements that defined his vision of the world and art using classic imagery and instruments such as canvas, oil and acrylics and modern technologically evolved methods of art production. Ostrov made his first painting in his now famous raster technique in 1992, which was presented at his first exhibition in 1994. Being one of the most successful Russian artists of the time, Ostrov had numerous exhibitions in Russia and many European museums and galleries, participating in both group and solo exhibitions.
Egor Ostrov believes in what he sees as his mission - preserving beauty in the arts and harmony of the world. He often calls himself an ‘engraver' suggesting that he turns one form into another, transforming three dimensions into two as seen in his photographs of sun-lit sculptures in Hermitage or Louvre that are later turned into paintings. However, he dislikes the temporal quality of prints and prefers to use acrylic automobile spray paints hoping that they would live for thousands of years.