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Arts and Entertainment Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015 4 years ago

Studio Space: Vladislav Yeliseyev

Classically trained as an architect, Vladislav Yeliseyev paints the buildings and scenes of the world from his home studio.
by: Nick Reichert Arts & Entertainment Editor

When it comes to art, Vladislav Yeliseyev is a constant student of his craft. Hailing from Moscow, Yeliseyev has been drawing and creating art since he was in the first grade, and for more than 40 years he has re-created the urban and rural landscapes of the world.

Yeliseyev, 54, entered the world of art through architecture. He earned his master’s degree at the Moscow Institute of Architecture, where he specialized in producing concept drawings and paintings of different buildings. Yeliseyev moved to Stamford, Conn., and then to his current location in Sarasota five years ago.

“Thirty percent of the time I paint on location,” says Yeliseyev. “I try to travel once per year to Europe. This year I’ll be going north to New England to focus on painting natural sceneries and the countryside with barns and horses. When I went to Londo

Though he still works as a consultant for architectural firms, Yeliseyev has focused more on creating and sharing his art. He runs the Renaissance School of Art out of his spacious home tucked in a cozy cul-de-sac off South Tamiami Trail. Although his main concentration is watercolor, Yeliseyev teaches the basics of art such as perspective, lighting, shading and color.

“I like to teach,” says Yeliseyev. “I’m classically trained, and I feel I bring something traditional into Sarasota’s multilayered arts scene.”

Yeliseyev keeps a university student’s schedule and spends at least six hours a day in his studio. And it’s the things big and small in his naturally lit studio that inspire and help the watercolorist create and find new perspectives and expressions.

“Before I paint, I think, imagine and identify the task and what I’m trying to say,” says Yeliseyev. “Your imagination tells you what the final painting will look like. To get there, I like to use Escoda brushes from Spain and Kolinsky brushes, which hold
“My studio is like a kitchen, and I’m the cook,” says Yeliseyev. “And Lukas paints are my ingredients. Some of my favorite colors to use are cobalt turquoise and gold ochre, and my absolute favorite is burnt sienna. I use a palette of warm colors a lot, l
“I like these figurines because they have their own mood,” says Yeliseyev. “When I look at them around my studio, they help me step out into a different world. When you’re focusing so hard on one painting, on one thing, it helps you reset.”


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