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Remembering Igor Medvedev, 1931-2015

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Igor Medvedev, 1931- 2015

Igor Medvedev, 1931- 2015

Renowned Park West Gallery artist Igor Medvedev passed away the morning of February 16, 2015. He was 83 years old.

“The world has lost a great artist and all of us at Park West have lost a great friend,” said Albert Scaglione, Park West Gallery founder and CEO.

Born in Kharkov in Eastern Ukraine on Nov. 10, 1931, Medvedev’s interest in art began with befriending artist Anatoly Martinov. Medvedev and his family fled Russia in 1943 to the American-occupied zone in Germany and it was during these times that Medvedev would sketch German towns, feeding his desire to capture structure in art.

Igor Medvedev and Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione at Romi-Shaked Levan studio in Israel in 1999

Igor Medvedev and Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione at Romi-Shaked Levan studio in Israel in 1999

In Munich, Medvedev learned the art forms of bronze casting and sculpture, with his talents helping his family move to the United States when he was 17 years old. Medvedev gained a scholarship to attend Dartmouth College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art history. He continued his studies at the University of California, Berkley, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1952 and a master’s degree in 1953.

Medvedev’s art is characterized by a perfect sense of composition, deep colors, use of light and shadow and a tranquil, peaceful mood. He didn’t attempt to copy what he saw, but instead create a “moment of intimation.” During his career he worked with various mediums, including painting, printmaking, watercolor and sculpture.

Igor Medvedev, Fuengirola, Spain

“Fuengurola, Spain” by Igor Medvedev.

Medvedev’s artwork was well received, with 15 solo exhibitions in 1954 and 1955 in Germany and featuring in major shows in the U.S. from 1959 to 1963. He was co-founder of Graphics Art Center and Estamp Gallery in Palo Alto, and later owned the Mead Original Art Prints Gallery in San Francisco, but ultimately devoted his life to art.

In the 1970s Medvedev taught at the San Mateo State College and Los Altos’ Foothill College. In 1977 he married his second wife, Marina, and the couple moved to San Francisco, where she helped exhibit his artwork at galleries. They loved to travel, especially to the Greek Isles, where he was further inspired by the architecture.

In the 1990s through 2006, Medvedev worked exclusively for Park West in serigraphy, working hand-in-hand with artisans at the Romi studio in Rishon Le Zion, Israel. In 2011, Medvedev would create his first two lithographs exclusively for Park West at the Atelier Arts Litho in Paris.

Scaglione and his wife, Mitsie, knew the Medvedevs since 1989, visiting his studio in San Francisco to select paintings. Albert has a history of working with artists as they have gone through personal and professional struggles, as they achieved maturity. This was especially true of Medvedev, and the two formed a great partnership, and more importantly, a great friendship based on trust and admiration.

“There is something leading all of us toward something,” Medvedev once said. “Through life, I was motivated to create art.”

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  • Heather Dube-Kaleta
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    So sorry to hear about Medvedev’s passing. He was definitely one of my favourite artists during our auctions. The world has lost another great artist indeed.

  • Daun Slathar
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    I am saddened to hear of Mr. Medvedev. I own a number of pieces of his art and enjoy them daily. He will be missed. Thank you Park West for representing and making available this artists work.

  • Fiona Chandler
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    So sorry to hear of Igor Medvedev’s passing. I love the work of his I have and will now treasure it all the more.

  • Faye Adams
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    Very sorry to hear of Mr Medvedev’s passing. I purchased two of his artworks from Park West – one I gave my son and one I have kept. They are both treasured very much.

  • Michael Whitwell
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    Igor Medvedev is one of our favourite artists. Every morning we wake up to his beautiful paintings in our bedroom. We will always fondly remember him and his art.

  • neil hodgins
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    peace , tranquillity every day for me to enjoy his skills..peace to you now, let me enjoy your legacy

  • Carolyn & Sam Stanley
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    Not only was he a great artist but a kind and caring human being. The world is now a bit darker without the light he provided. We shall miss him.

  • Paul Turner
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    Igor Medvedev is the prime artist that sparked my interest in being a collector, something grabs me every time, with every one of his pieces. Sad to see him go, thanks Park West Gallery for teaming up with such powerful artist, such as Igor, to spread the love of art to those of us who may never have found it.

  • Mike King
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    I have admired Mr. Medvedev’s work a a long time, and had purchased 3 pieces of his art on our last cruise in November 2014. Such striking colors and contrasts. The art world has lost a great talent.

  • Michael Hosch
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    Will be missed. A feel that can not be duplicated. I will treasure my collection of unique originals
    even more.

  • Brad Shaw
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    Golden Arrival was my first fine art purchase ever. My wife and I love it so much; you will be missed Igor.

  • Susan and Fred Bischof
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    Fred and I had the pleasure of meeting Igor and his lovely wife in Napa Valley with Park West. We were able to share some of his humor and laughter between the four of us. Igor will truly be missed. Not only is he a talented artist but a kind heart sincere individual who enjoyed what he did and enjoyed making people laugh. I will treasure my paintings for I have that special bond with him…..laughter.

  • John Schauer
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    Mr. Medvedev has a way of painting in the light and shadows. We have many of his works, each with messages and beauty. Rest in Peace Sir.

  • Carole de Casal
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    His art is refreshing and colorful–true to the subjects he chose. He will be missed in many circles of life. Glad I have some of his great work.

  • Marlene Wurdeman
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    Very sorry to hear of his passing. We just bought two of his artworks during our January cruise. Loved the artwork from his unique perspective.

  • Mike Simpson
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    What a loss to lovers of colour and light! I didn’t collect him but appreciated his gifts.

  • Tom & Barbara Schmidt
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    The art world has lost a wonderful and talented artist. We met Igor and his charming wife on a cruise where we bought a number of pieces including the large Baobal Mandala (Tree of Life). The best part was having our pictures taken with Igor and his wife. Morry and others at Park West often mentioned how much Igor and I look alike and now my photo with him will be as treasured as the paintings we have from him. He will be missed by many fans and friends.

  • Kane
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    Another great artist gone forever. RIP. Luckily we have lots of his work to remember him by, thanks to Park West.

  • George Carlucci
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    I’m sorry to hear of his passing. I have enjoyed his art form after an introduction to his works. Would hope he is IN art heaven.

  • Gerald Seale
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    Sorry to hear of Medvedev’s passing. I’m grateful I have a couple of his art pieces.

  • Rex Stevens
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    Rest in Peace, liken to the peaceful and serenity of your art works.

  • Abdías MéndezRobles
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    I as an artist, admire the Medvedev works. His is passing, but his paint are alive. Mr. Medvedev thanks for your works; rest in Peace Sir.

  • Rich Balzaretti
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    He will be missed but his works will live forever.

  • Naish Piazza
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    So sorry to hear this news, but having had the opportunity to meet him at Park West shows, and enjoying his art on our walls will keep him in our minds and heart. A wonderful human being.

  • Carolyn D Shama
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    I have a piece of art hanging in my bedroom and every morning I wake up and am in Santorini for just that few moments before full wakefulness. He will be missed

  • J Myers
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    So sorry to hear of the loss of Igor Medvedev. I have a number of his pieces that I love. I fell in love with his boat paintings. He captured reflections like no other artist. Condolences to his family and close friends.

  • Deborah Howard
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    Sorry to hear that mr.Medvedev pass away.His art will live forever.

  • Carlos Del Valle
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    We’re sad to hear this news about Mr. Medvedev, we’ll remember him fondly always thru his art works.

  • Steven Springer
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    I fell in love with Igor Medvedev’s work when I saw “Fuengurola, Spain” for the first time. We have five Medvedevs on our walls at home, and I feel a tinge of sadness every time I look at them.

  • Jan and Bob Norton
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    We are sorry to hear of his passing. We love his work. His art that we own has more value to us now.

  • Alberto Gomes
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    Loved this man’s art. The art world will miss him

  • Lois Rose
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    SO sorry to hear this. I have purchased several of his works over the years. The detail in his work is extraordinary. He will be greatly missed.

  • Kellie and Simon
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    He will be missed, his art will live on in all our lives.

  • Brigitte van der Kolk
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    So sorry to this, I love the paintings, forever in my heart. RIP…

  • Val Renfro
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    Mr. Medvedev’s work has been a favorite of mine for years and I treasure my collection. The art world has lost a great artist.

  • Tammy weir
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    He enchanted me with his use of color and shaddowing..sad day

  • John Drexler
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    So sad that he is gone. My wife, who passed away last year, and I were so pleased to meet and talk with him at Half Moon Bay. His art work we have will be more meaningful to me.

  • Robert daCosta
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    My wife and I were friends of Igor and Marina and are saddened to learn of his passing. We own and view every day some of his earlier very personal paintings which we will treasure all the more.

  • June Westling
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    Can’t find value of my Dali artwork

  • June Westling
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    Miss art on ship. Unable to travel any more

  • Alex Nodopaka
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    Well dear friend Igor, here’s a Vodka toast to you and our friendship of 55 years since 1960. On this second anniversary of your passing I still hold you in high esteem as one of my earliest art mentor.

    See you soon enough.

    Sasha

  • Sally Wong
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    I only learned of his passing a few weeks ago on a cruise when I was enquiring about more of his art. I extend my condolences to his friends and family. I have four pieces of his wonderful art that I will treasure for years to come.

  • Kevin M Lynott
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    I have two works of art from Igor to my late father years before his passing. One is an oil painting of the IBM selectric typewriter in the early 1950’s during his time at IBM with my father. Another is what I would call more of a sketch on canvas of a picture in Paris. I have both pieces and was wondering if there is any interest in my sharing. Both items are signed.

    Igor also gave my father “rubbings” from the catacombs in Russia after he came to the US. I have 3 sister’s with different rubbings.

    Igor visited out home in Los Gatos, CA on many occasions. He was a pleasure.

    I know he has/had 2 daughters by his wife Mary, if they would like to reach out to me, I’d welcome a conversation and meeting.

    Thanks,
    Kevin

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