Divine Pattern of Feelings

Nikolay Mishusta was born in the village of Nikolaevka in the Dnepropetrovsk region on May 13, 1953. He studied at the Odessa State Art School named after M.B. Grekov (the Department of Painting) from 1970 to 1976, then graduated from the Ukrainian Printing Institute named Ivan Fyodorov in Lviv in 1983. He lives in Vologda since 1978.

Nikolay Mishusta is one of the leading graphic artists of Vologda at present. He works in the technique of coloured prints (etching, aquatint, mezzotint, monotyping). It is monotyping that has become the favourite technique of the artist over the last decades. All works displayed in the museum were made in it.

Monotyping is a type of printmaking which produces a unique print or monotype from the printing form onto a sheet of paper. The print is always unique.

In the opinion of Nikolay Mishusta, this sphere of graphic arts gave him a chance to show all his professional potential and to reveal his creative individuality.

The artist creates not only landscapes and still lifes, but also historical pictures of biblical, evangelic, and mythological subjects. Turning to sacred history, he doesn’t adhere to the exactness of subject reproduction. He trusts the intuition of his spectators giving them cause for their own thoughts and estimation.

11 works presented at the exhibition are about the biblical subjects: “Last Supper”, “Doubting of Thomas”, “Road to the Calvary”, and others. You can also see monuments of the Vologda region in his pictures and paintings created during his foreign trips.

Nikolay Mishusta became the member of the Union of Russian Artists in 1993. He is the Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation since 2005. From 2010 until now, he is the chairman of the Vologda Regional Branch of the All-Russian Creative Public Organization “Union of Russian Artists”. He is a member of the Creative and Exhibition Union of the Vologda’s artists “Rainbow”.

Nikolay Mishusta has been participating in regional, interregional, All-Russian, All-Union and international art exhibitions since 1976.

His works are kept in the collections of the Vologda Regional Picture Gallery, the Kirillo-Belozersky Historical, Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve and other museums of the Vologda region, in private collections in Russia and abroad.

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