Andrew Atroshenko was born in 1965 in the city of Pokrovsk, Russia. At age five Andrew started painting and drawing and was encouraged by his father to pursue his dream of being an artist. Accepted as a gifted child in 1977 into the Children's Art School, Andrew graduated with honors in 1981. Andrew Atroshenko later entered Bryansk Art College and in 1991 was accepted into the most prestigious art school, St. Petersburg Academy of Art to study and further pursue his talents. After graduation from St. Petersburg Academy of Art in 1999, Andrew was invited by a New England based art group called "Bay Arts" to take part in their exhibitions. Andrew Atroshenko spent that entire year in the United States, and stayed well on into the new Millennium.
According to Andrew, "This year in America gave me more as an artist then all eight years of my formal studies in the prestigious Russian academies. I am a descendant of farmers, and I was impressed by the New England's landscapes, and how a man in America avoids harming its environment." When Andrew returned to St. Petersburg, his new style began emerging. "I was asked to have an exhibition at the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Art. Collectors were intrigued by the expressive quality of the artwork and the strong inspiration of music and dance. This was considered a 'rebirth' for my art and I gained new confidence in myself as an artist," says Andrew. "I love dynamic expression and feminine beauty. If I can create movement in my paintings and capture a moment in time, then I have accomplished what I wanted."
Andrew Atroshenko has been compared to Pino at Artexpo New York 2000, which was a great boost in Andrew's career. Andrew is amazing talent. Since 2000, Andrew Atroshenko has worked with dealers from Western Europe and the US, exhibiting and selling his paintings in US cities like Carmel, Scottsdale, Palm Desert, Las Vegas & Hawaii. Two of Andrew's pieces were also auctioned off by Sotheby's in 2002 and 2003.
In 1992 Andrew Atroshenko married a fellow student, Maria, who is now an art critic in St Petersburg, Russia, and has a daughter named Alexandra. Today Andrew's artwork has influences from many aspects, but his dear wife Maria and daughter are the inspiration for his passion.
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