About the artist
Born in 1924 Mariuple (USSR, Ukraine now), Vladimir Popov served in the Soviet Army during the Second World War. When the war ended, he enrolled in the Art School in Kazan in 1947 and graduated in 1951. He is a Member of USSR (now Russian Federation) Union of Artists since 1961 and has been awarded the titles of Honorary Artist of Russian Federation and People’s Artist of Republic of Tatarstan.
The artist’s creative path displays surprising and unpredictable changes: known for many years as a master of landscaping painting, he then emerges as a versatile master of graphics, aquarellist and illustrator. At the age of 70, Vladimir Popov studied different styles of Arabic calligraphy and created more than 700 works in the last years, becoming an internationally recognized calligrapher.
In his tugras (Ex Libris or personal stamps of Turk people in ancient times) and calligraphic compositions Popov carefully conserves the accumulated experience and traditions of ages, while synthesizing the art of East and West, traditional and contemporary. His artworks evoke the interest of mere spectators, as well as artists and experts of Islamic art and are considered as unique contributions not only to Russian and Tatar art, but also to the culture of Islamic world.
30 exhibitions of the artist have been held in the past years and he took part in many exhibitions in the Russia Federation, as well as abroad, including Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Mongolia, Korea, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Italy, and Iran.
Calligraphy, formed by a unique relationship between art and scripture, has been an important part of culture in many societies throughout history. The new project “Calligraphy for Peace” mainly based on the tugras and calligraphy compositions of Vladimir Popov (near 120 works) , was worked out by Tatar-Japanese Centre for culture and Information “Sakura” (Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan), as a travelling exhibition, aims to bring together calligraphers of different countries using the common message of peace. The travelling exhibition “Calligraphy for Peace” successfully started its voyage in 2010 in Ankara (Turkey), continued then in Rabat, Fes (Morocco), Amman (Jordan) Kazan (Russia). Honorable calligraphers Joseph Churchward (New Zealand), Ismet Keten (Turkey), Mohammed Qurmad, Hassan Megri (Morocco), also joined this project by their works.
Popov’s and his like-minded persons from different countries great mission of bringing the ideas of Peace by means of calligraphy will be continued in the countries of Europe, Asia, South and North America.
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