Anatole Krasnyansky 1930


Anatole Krasnyansky, now residing in California, was already a prominent architect and watercolorist when he left the U.S.S.R. for the United States in 1975, where he found fertile ground for his aesthetic growth. His traditional cityscapes, much admired in Europe, have grown richer, freer and more expressive. In recent years, he has evolved a second, wholly new style with which to render the experience and ideas of his new life in the United States.

With a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Fine Art, he is well-versed in every aspect of the structure and design of the buildings he depicts. Since his arrival in the U.S., the artist has found important uses for his knowledge of architecture, design and his creative imagination. He has realized his tremendous potential and achieved virtuosity in several different artist arenas. Working as a scenic artist in television, motion pictures, and the theater, he has designed sets calling for his specialized background. Always a lover of the baroque, he incorporated the strength and fluid grace of that style into his figural compositions, capturing the sense of motion with which a building makes a line flow from one area to another.

Krasnyansky’s awareness of the interdependence of architecture, sculpture, painting and applied art, along with his knowledge of these diverse disciplines, have shaped his career and found expression in his artwork. Through experimentation, he has developed his own artistic method, one that has freed him from the constraints of traditional watercolor techniques. Krasnyansky’s innovative inclusion of paper texture into the creative process is a dynamic component of his art, resulting in an expansion of the medium’s potential. He is one of the first artists to elevate the watercolor medium to the expressive possibilities usually associated with oil painting. Bordering on the surreal, Krasnyansky’s figures never depart from the recognizable. Altogether new in form, they contain echoes of the artist’s Eastern heritage. Humane and lyrical, they combine the tangible with a timeless and universal spirituality.

Major Exhibitions

  • Dalzell Hatfield Galleries “International Watercolor Masters” featuring Camille Pissaro, Leonel Feininger, Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, Reuben Rubin, Anatole Krasnyansky, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, and Francois Gilot
  • Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • Los Gatos Museum, Los Gatos, California
  • UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • Park West Gallery®, Southfield, MI
  • Solo exhibitions in New York, Boston, New Orleans, Atlantic City, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, San Diego and Tokyo

Television and Motion Pictures

1975 – 76 | Scenic Artist at ABC and CBS Television Studios | Credits include:

  • General Hospital
  • Variety Specials for Frank Sinatra
  • John Denver
  • Bette Davis
  • George Burns
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Academy Awards Shows, 1976 – 1977

1977 – 1981 | Set designer at Universal Studios | Credits include:

  • Coal Miner’s Daughter
  • Beatles Forever
  • The Blues Brothers
  • The Bastard
  • Prisoner of Zenda
  • The Archer
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Condominium
  • Airport ’79
  • Gilligan’s Island

1981 | Stage Art Director at Odyssey Theatre, West Los Angeles | Credits include productions of:

  • “Mandrake”
  • “Machiavelli”
  • Work by L. Dimont
  • Work by K. Maurer
  • Work by Ron Sossi

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