Yury Annenkov is an artist of Russian avant-garde, an experimentalist, an innovator of portrait genre. Images of Trotsky, Meyerhold and Akhmatova, which first come to mind for many, belong to his hand. Annenkov is one of the most expensive Russian artists. In the auction ranking, he takes 19th place with a result of 6.3 million dollars for the “Portrait of Alexander Nikolaevich Tikhonov”, sold at Christie's in 2014.
Oleg Tselkov is an artist of life metaphors. His trademark face masks and biomorphic plastics are his toolkit for the visual expression of ideas. He invented this language in the late 1950s and used it until the end of his life.
Sergei Ivanovich Vasilkovsky in a new manner is called a Russian-Ukrainian artist. He was born in the Kharkov province, but studied in St. Petersburg, at the Imperial Academy of Arts with Klodt and Orlovsky. Then he trained for several years in France, even participated in the Paris Salon. But, of course, the most fruitful and inspired his creative years are connected with Ukraine, with Kharkov. The artist became famous thanks to the soulful landscapes of southern nature and his favorite Cossack theme.