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“Since early childhood the Nature thrilled me. I was astonished and inspired by everything - a little bug warming in the spring sun on a dry thistle, a bud of fragrant peon or reflection of the overcast sky in the autumn puddle of tea-color with leaves.

Once my parents decided to watch where their clean child disappears when he was supposed to go to the kindergarten. The road was through an empty land in only 20 minute distance from home. And their boy appeared in 1.5 house all dirty but happy. They found out that all this times their boy was crawling on his knees in the grass studying the world of insects and plants."

"At the parental meeting my parents were told that I oftentimes was late for the kindergarten. And when everyone was sleeping during the day sleeping hour, Pasha (me) was drawing. And they gave my parents my drawing of a nanny which I had given to her and said: “This is you, Petrovna, in pantaloons, with navel and tits”. After that my parents decided that I would become an Artist.”

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Today, Pavel Pugachev is one of the most talented and fruitful young artists of Volgograd. His track record has a number of significant all-Russian, international and regional art exhibitions as well as design of book editions which have the great public interest in.

To a wide range of Volgograd viewers Pavel Pugachev is known for his watercolors, made in the tradition of Russian realistic school, as well as etchings, showing a deep exploration of technical bases of this type of printmaking.

Lydia Ishkova, an art historian, a member of Artists Union of Russia, honored artist of the Russian Federation, laureate of state prize of the Volgograd region.

As a student of the Faculty of Arts of the Volgograd State Pedagogical University, he thoroughly studied the art technology, copied the work of recognized masters of classical art.  Carefully studying the basics of drawing and painting Pavel Pugachev came up to a high professional level which allowed him to successfully solve creative tasks of any complexity.  Pavel does not spare himself, has strong convictions regarding the goals and objectives of art. He is hard-working and does not tolerate imprecision when gathering materials for drawing and pictural compositions. The academic drawings of the artist were exhibited on youth exhibitions not just once. Their level of performance proves that they can serve as training - teaching aids for students of art - graphic departments of universities. After graduation, he joined VSPU's Department of drawing and painting which was transformed from the Faculty of Arts into the Institute of Art Education. Currently, Pavel Pugachev is an assistant professor, he teaches future teachers of drawing and sketching the secrets of drawing and painting. In his works, Pavel Pugachev strives to combine carefulness of work with forms and delivering of immediate impression of nature. To a large extent, this is augmented by his annual plein-air trips, during which artist draws landscapes in oil painting and watercolors.
    His works of landscape painting could be divided into two groups: the first group consists of compositions of romantic nature with well developed details and a "thoroughly thought" motif. Pavel Pugachev often inhabits these elegiac landscapes by animals which help to enliven the static natural environment. The second group consists of landscapes that capture fleeting states of nature (mist hovering over a river, autumn trees awashed by rain, dark and heavy clouds that mirks the skies through which sun rays are slowly begining to spread and etc.). Pavel Pugachev is equally successful in different pictorial and graphical techniques fully using their expressive capabilities to express features of the landscape.
  At every exhibition in the House of Artist attention of visitors is always held by Pavel Pugachev's watercolours depicting flowers and insects. One can easily include them into an encyclopedia of flora and fauna, though one can consider them as quite independent works, performed gracefully and with style. Behind the virtuosity of performance one can feel a deep knowledge of the traditions of Russian classical drawing (F. Tolstoy to mention one). Still the composition construction, proportions of the background and image, of public and private hint of the influence of the traditional Chinese painting. Fidelity of drawing of individual plants recalls of watercolour and pencil drawings on parchment of Western artists, particularly watercolor sheets "Liliaceae" made by "Rafael of botanical painting" P.-D. Redout.
     Within three years, Pavel Pugachev participated in major projects aimed at the creation of books dedicated to the popularization, preservation and study of the flora of the Volga Region, the Volgograd Region, Russian Federation. "The Red Book of the Volgograd Region" (2007), "Flora of the Lower Volga" (2008), "The Red Book of the Russian Federation" (2009) - these books are comprehensive and richly illustrated encyclopedias, unique due to their material.
     In recent years the artist has been successfully mastering the monumental art by performing orders for interior painting. In some cases, the artist makes high-quality styling using themes and attitude of the Persian miniature, Mauritania and medieval art, in others - he refers to the heritage of Russian historical painting of the 19th century or creates space compositions on the theme of modern urban environment.  His paintings carry a man into a dream world, into a mystery of the holiday for initiated ones or into a fairy tale with unusual characters.
      P. Pugachev, as one of the leading watercolorists of the city, was invited to conduct regular master - classes, which were held by Volgograd Museum - Exhibition Centre at the House of Artists of the Volgograd regional branch of Union of Russian Artists for two years already. Watercolor lessons of Pavel Pugachev are very popular among artists both amateurs and teachers of art.
      Pavel Pugachev is in the prime time of his talent now. It seems that the secret of his success lies in his creative "restlessness" (he can postpone his current affairs and to go to the plain-air in Siberia or to the Moscow or St. Petersburg art exhibitions), in constant self-improvement and boundless love of his profession."

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