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Kharitonov, Valery

Kharitonov Valery - painter, graphic artist, was born in Moscow in 1939. In 1962 he graduated from the State Institute of Cinematography, theatre design department. His major works at the theatre are: The Robbers after Friedrich Schiller, 1969; Man and Globe after Victor Lavrentiev, 1970; Tsar Feodor Ioannovich after Aleksey Tolstoy, 1978. In 1970s Kharitonov created a cycle of paintings after Dante's Divine Comedy: Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. After that he quit working at the theatre and tried to find his own style of mystic expressionism in painting and graphic art. His works were exhibited in various galleries round the world: San Carlo Gallery, Milan, 1990; Lutetia andConcorde Lafayette Galleries, Paris, 1991; Kardasidis ART, Athenes, 1997; Zalman Gallery, New-York, 1998, and others.
His personal exhibitions were held in Moscow: MalyManezh, Studiya Gallery, Tushino Exhibition Hall, Bulgarian Cultural Centre, Exhibition Hall of the Municipal Library Moscow, Exhibition Hall of the Artists Union of Russia; in Athens (Greece): Kardasidis Art Gallery; in Italy: House of Friendship (Dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Italian Republic)and International Fair Palermo.
Kharitonov’s works are kept in Museums and collections: of the Queen of Spain Sophia (Madrid), ex-UN-Secretary-General J.Perez de Cuellar (New York), IoannisKardasidis (Athens), the C.A.S.E. Museum of Contemporary Russian Art (Jersey City, NJ, USA), the Bakhrushin Central Theatre Museum (Moscow), museums of the Maly Theatre (Moscow) and the Drama Theatre in Panevezhis (Lithuania), The Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, The Foundation for the Fine Arts Promotion.