Sergey Zagraevsky

Sergey Zagraevsky

Zagraevsky in 2011
Born (1964-08-20) August 20, 1964
Moscow, Russia
Nationality Russia, Israel
Education Private Studio of Tatiana Mavrina
Known for Painting, art critic
Movement Close to naïve art, primitivism
Awards Honored culture worker of Russia,[1] Member of Russian Academy of Arts[2]

Sergey Zagraevsky (Russian: Сергей Вольфгангович Заграевский, Hebrew: סרגיי זגרייבסקי; born August 20, 1964, Moscow) is a Russian-Jewish painter,[3] architectural historian, writer and theologian.[4]


Zagraevsky is the son of architectural historian Wolfgang Kawelmacher (1933–2004) and poet and dramatist Inna Zagraevsky (born 1933).

He began to paint at school and his first teacher was the well-known Russian painter Tatiana Mavrina.[5]

Between 2002–2005 Zagraevsky taught at the Moscow Institute of Restoration Arts, and subsequently at the Russian University of Intellectual Property and in the Vladimir-Souzdal Museum. The main themes of his architectural history research are ancient Russian white-stone buildings, the early architecture of Moscow and architectural connections between ancient Russia and Romano-Gothic Europe. His doctoral thesis was "North-Eastern Russian architecture from the end of 13th – first third of the 14th century".

Zagraevsky is the chief editor of the reference work "United Art Rating" and the author of a number of books on philosophy, theology and the history of architecture. He has written a number of children's stories and many articles of art criticism. He is the founder and curator of "RusArch" – the electronic scientific library on History of Old Russian architecture.[6]

In 1992 he became a PhD of technique, received his doctorate in architecture in 2004, then became a Professor in 2005.[7] Zagraevsky is also a full member of Russian art critics Academy (since 2001),[8] the AICA (since 2004),[9] and the Writers union of Russia (since 2001),[10] a Honored culture worker of Russia (since 2009),[11] a member of Russian Academy of Arts (since 2013).[12]

Speaks Russian, English, Hebrew, German, French, Esperanto.[13]

Sergey Zagraevsky


Zagraevsky's art[14] does not belong to the classic primitive or naïve schools, since neither the formal nor actual parameters of primitive art are met. Instead, his style is best described as "primitivism", a genre which includes the "primitive" paintings of many artists who had an academic apprenticeship and extensive experience in other styles such as Paul Gauguin, Mikhail Larionov, Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee. There are some differences in Zagraevsky's style; his landscape paintings are "childish" in using a reverse perspective, the absence of chiaroscuro and the relatively accurate portrayal of parts. Zagraevsky uses predominantly open colours giving his paintings brightness comparable to children's painting. His paintings contain neither humour or violence as this are not normally seen in the art of children.

Since about 2000, Zagraevsky's works have become slightly more generalized and varied while retaining their brightness. Details are drawn less carefully although the works remain "childish", with the hand of an experienced artist visible only in the stability of the stroke, the virtuoso technique of painting and drawing, and the compositional and the color balance. There remain recurring features in his art such as a "flattened" sun, squat trees with huge roots, multi-colored water, "album-styled" flowers and illuminated windows.

In the 1990s Bulat Okudzhava wrote of Zagraevsky:[15]

When he moves on a picture his fist,
God is at his assist.
God is with him all his way.
That is the painter Sergey.

Sample works

Selected books

History of architecture



Catalogues of Zagraevsky's art works


  1. High awards of Russia (in Russian)
  2. Web-site of Russian Academy of Arts
  3. Articles about Sergey Zagraevsky's art
  4. See Prof. Dr. Sergey Zagraevsky's bibliography
  5. See Sergey Zagraevsky's biography
  6. Library "Rusarch" (in Russian)
  7. About Sergey Zagraevsky on Russian AICA section's website (in Russian)
  8. Zagraevsky on Russian Art critics academy's website (in Russian)
  9. About Sergey Zagraevsky on Russian AICA section's website (in Russian)
  10. Sergey Zagraevsky's biography on the website of Moscow organization of Writers union of Russia (in Russian)
  11. High awards of Russia
  12. Web-site of Russian Academy of Arts
  13. Web-site of AICA Russian section
  14. Sergey Zagraevsky's pictures
  15. Full poem of Bulat Okudzhava


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