Born in 1925, Dmitry Krasnopevtsev is an outstanding Russian artist who belongs to the generation of the Moscow avant-garde.

Dmitry Krasnopevtsev was born in Moscow. In 1942–1943 and 1945–1946 he attended the Moscow Regional Institute of Fine Arts, followed by a period at the Surikov Institute. He participated in numerous unofficial exhibits in the 1960s and 1970s.In 1976 he joined the Moscow United Committee of Graphic Artists, and in1982 he was enrolled in the Union of Artists.


His early etchings and paintings are melancholy and romantic. In the late 1950s-1960s the “metaphysical still-life” became his major genre, combining traditions of symbolism and surrealism with simplicity: broken ceramic utensils, dried plants and seashells. These “skulls of objects-things” are perceived as “poetic symbols of transitoriness” reminding that the world around us is unreal.


Many well-known collectors such as G. Kostaki and S. Richter, with whom the artist was befriended, purchased Krasnopevtsev’s paintings. In the 1990s, several exhibits were held at the New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art, at the Moscow Central House of Artists, along with published albums, diaries and graphic collections. In 1993 Krasnopevtsev became the first artist to be awarded the “Triumph” Prize.


Krasnopevtsev died in 1995 in Moscow. His legacy is exhibited at the Moscow Museum of Private Collections affiliated with the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.


The art of Dmitry Krasnopevtsev has won worldwide recognition. His oeuvres are the pride of collectors from over thirty countries of Europe and America, and occupy the place they deserve in the expositions of the leading museums of the world.


Public Collections


State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow)
State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow)
State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg)
Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow)
Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts (Yekaterinburg)
Art Museum (Bern, Switzerland)
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)
Contemporary Art Museum (New York, USA)
Kolodzei Art Foundation, (Highland Park, New Jersey, USA)
Yevgeny Nutovich Collection (Moscow)
Valery Dudakov and Marina Kashuro Collection (Moscow)
Igor Sanovich Collection (Moscow)
Bar-Gera Collection (Cologne, Germany)