The art of Gennady Maistrenko, who found his vocation in landscape, is versatile and unique. He works in labour-consuming and complicated technique – pastel. Maistrenko on his own, being a mature person, mastered the fine points and spesificity of his amazing art material, in which not all professionals, brothers in art workshop, managed to find their own plastic figurative language.
Inimitable fascination, colouristic depth and tenderness of pastel are felt acutely and used masterly by the artist in his easel paintings. Easiness, decorative finesse, velvety appearance of pastel, and philosophic thoroughness, which seem to be hard to combine, in the works of Gennady Maistrenko match well with each other and determine the unique style of the painter. This is best of all manifested in the cycle of works ‘’Temples of Russia’’. The airy brightness of the technique itself is amazingly combined with the piercing beauty of the landscapes, layng stress on the greatness of hand-made creations of ancient Russian architects, who sing the power of national spirit and unconquerable Faith.
Gennady Maistrenko managed to achieve the rare harmony of present and eternal, earth and universe notions about imperishable values of the existence.
A.I. Rozhin, Editor-in-Chief of the ‘’Tretyakov Gallery’’ magazine, the full member of the Russian academy of arts.
Born in the village of Yermolayevo, the South Urals, in 1952.
Graduated from Novosibirsk Technology University, the Physics and Technology Department, in 1975. Took up the drawing and painting at the Architecture Academy, Novosibirsk in 1977, also taking classes at the People`s Art Studio under the guidance of A.S.Chernobrovtsev, the Honorary Worker of Arts.
1978-1979 – a student of the Open University of Arts in Moscow Department of Easel Painting.
Member of the Union of Artists of Russia, International Art Fund. Has been participating in regional, all-Russia`s, international exhibitions with more than forty of them being Gennady Maistrenko`s solo shows (Russia, Switzerland,Spain, Germany, Ukraine).
In 2005 Gennady Maistrenko was awarded the Silver Medal of the Union of Artists of Russia for his contribution in the Russian culture.