Russian Paintings

  One might see these works of art -- when compared to their photographic counterparts -- and assume these are Photoshop or Painter work-overs. And, they very well may be. These days, there is a proliferation of artists entering the market who specialize in converting photos to paintings or art. But these are quite different. They're painted from scratch using oil on canvas.

Arthur Braginsky - Portrait

Arthur Braginsky

This portrait of a young girl by Arthur Braginsky, reveals the artist's deep study and influence from the works of the Dutch Masters* and painters like Claude Lorraine*, and Sandro Botticelli*. He takes rather ordinary starting images and transforms them into classic works of art.

Study his classic use of color in concert with light and shadow. Also note his pure insight into time and place -- setting the portrait in a place that reinforces the mood, emotions and texture of the subject.

Arthur Braginsky - Portrait

This portrait shows how Braginsky makes all the right decisions about what details to eliminate, which ones to exaggerate, and how to add warmth to flesh tones. Note the original photograph he worked from, and the finished painting. Here, you'll note the flowers have been brought forward and emphasized -- yet much of the detail has been omitted. The handling of fine detail, the hands, the feet, jewelery and that lovely flowing fabric of the blouse makes this almost photographic. Such detail lets the viewer believe that this is a real, living young woman.

Arthur has a fascination with the human body. While his extensive portfolio is primarily nudes and portraiture, he easily handles spectacular landscapes in the tradition of the romanesque masters. This "Landscape" reflects handling of light, shadow, color and texture in exquisite harmony.

In this before and after, we see those values from the landscape above, reflected in play -- yet once again Arthur has taken great liberties in those decisions of what to modify from reality and which to keep. Again, note the use of light sources and the transparency as light bathes the scene in warmth. These elements along with the way he weaves the hair into the dream-like background makes these paintings masterly.

Arthur Braginsky was born in 1965, and graduated from the art school in 1982. His exibitions have been seen all over western Europe. While browsing his gallery, pay close attention to light sources, texture and the subtle ways he adds a touch of fantasy to an otherwise realistic depiction of the subjects.

Fred Showker

About Artist


Exhibitions and events


Landscape oil paintings

2001 - Zalaegerszeg, Hungary (personal exhibition)

Publications in press 

Portraits oil paintings

2002 – Vonyarcvashegy, Hungary (personal exhibition)


Nude oil paintings       

2002 – Keszthely, Hungary Festetic’s Palace- museum (one man show)

Articles about art    

Animal oil paintings     

Plein airs and other

Abstraction (futurism)

2005 – Chakvar, Hungary (personal exhibition)

Travel and rest 

Glamour oil painting NEW

2006 - Zalaegerszeg, Hungary (personal exhibition)

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Fantasy oil painting NEW

2007 - EXPO 2007 France (Chaville -Paris-Versalles)


New artworks paintings

2007 - Bad Windsheim- Rothenburg, Germany (exhibition)


Portraits to order

2008 - Russia Moscow Gostiniy Dvor exhibition "Portraits"



2008 - Moscow exhibition Art Salon 2008


2008 - X-Show 2008 Moscow Russia


MasterŃlass oil painting NEW

2008 - Rewarding ceremony Worldwide Alliance “PEACEMAKER” Medal “Talent and Vocation” Moscow


2008 - Vienna Austria exhibition JMA Gallery


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2008 - exhibition Art Event Belgium Antwerp


How to buy artprint

2008 - exhibition LINEART GENT, Belgium


How to buy artpieces

2009 - Moscow exhibition Art Salon 2009


2009 - Tallinn (Estonia) the Historical museum, gallery "Kastellanhaus"


2009 - Budapest (Hungary) exhibition Karoly Palace


2009 - Moscow, Art Manege art fair, JMA Gallery Vienna


2010 - Vienna Austria exhibition JMA Gallery


2010 - Budapest (Hungary) exhibition Duna Palace


2010 - China International Gallery Exposition CIGE 2010, Beijing


2010 - London Russian, Eastern & Oriental Fine Art Fair. Park Lane Hotel. Mayfair


2011 - exhibition LINEART GENT, Belgium


2012 - Vienna, Austria, 21st Century Art & Artists, Gallery M/Euro-Asian Art Center


2012 - Vienna, Austria, Gallery M/Euro-Asian Art Center


2013 - Lousanne, Swiss, exhibition Erotica'13


2013 - Taipei, Art Revolution Taipei, art show


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