MICRO ART OF ANDREW RYKOVANOV
|Copy of A.S.Pushkins self-portrait with the text of his poem Talisman. Technique: microengraving on a section of a rice grain, chrystal chisel, later filled with Chinese ink.||Crystal container for demanstration of microminiature|
|Copy of Leonardo da Vincis self-portrait on the section of a rice grain. Technique: micropainting. Area 2 x 3 mm||Icon The Almighty with the text of Gods Prayer on the section of a rice grain. Technique: microengraving, micropainting. Area 1,5 x 2,5 mm|
|Copy of A.S.Pushkins self-portrait with the text of his poem. Technique: microengraving on a section of a rice grain, chrystal chisel, later filled with Chinese ink.||Portrait of A.S.Pushkin as a child on the section of a rice grain: micropainting. Area 2 x 2,5 mm|
|Copy of A.S.Pushkins self-portrait with the text of his poem"My portrait". Technique: microengraving on a section of a rice grain, chrystal chisel, later filled with Chinese ink.||List of all Omsk cityzens-Heros of SU . 1500 letters. Technique: microengraving on a section of a rice grain, chrystal chisel, later filled with Chinese ink.|
|Text of A.S.Pushkins poem .1000 letters. Technique: microengraving on a section of a rice grain, chrystal chisel, later filled with Chinese ink.||Portrait of Emperor Napoleon and ten autographs on the section of a rice grain. Technique: microengraving. Area 1,5 x 1,5 mm|
|Icon The Almighty with the text of the prayer Our Father... on two halves of a poppy seed, micropainting, in colour. Area of the painting 0,8 mm, letters in the text are 0,25 mm high, line thickness 0,0002 mm. This is the smallest icon in the world.||Composition Colours, consisting of 20 polished rice grains. Technique: micropainting. Area 2 x 6 mm|
|Portrait of the great Russian poet A.S.Pushkin on mammoth tooth. Technique: micropainting. Area of the portrait 3x4 mm||Portrait of Natalia Gontcharova wife of A.S.Pushkin on a polished green stone. Technique: micropainting. Area of the portrait 2 x 3 mm|
|17 portraits of tzars and tzarines of Romanov dinasty on sections of poppy seeds. The smallest gallery in the world.||Technique: micropainting in oilpaints (on the base of poppy oil), brush consisting of one hair of Syberian weasel. Area of the painting 0,8 mm. All portraits are situated in chronological order on the breast of a two-headed heraldic eagle on a coin 17 mm in diameter|
|Composition Butterfly on amber. Technique: micropainting. Area 1 x 2 mm||Composition Gold flower carnation on the surface of a pearl. Technique microplastics. Weight of the flower 0,001 g|
|Microbook amberon the surface of a pearl. A.S.Pushkins poem. Technique: microengraving on polished amber plates. Area of drawing 1,5 mm, ares of a page 4 x 3 mm, letters 0,1 mm high.||Portrait of Nefertiti on amber. Technique: micropainting. Area 3 x 3 mm|
|Portrait of Ermak Timofeevich on crystal. Technique: micropainting. Area 2 x 3 mm||Natural microminiature Inclusion in amber. The age of the insect is 50000000 years. The object was found on the shore of the Baltic sea in 1986.|
|Ten copies of A.S.Pushkins self-portraits with the text of his poem Exegi monunentum... on mammoth tooth. Technique: microengraving||Microbook amber. A.S.Pushkins poem I remember a perfect moment... Technique: microengraving on polished amber plates. Number of pages - 8; area of drawing 1,5 mm, ares of a page 4 x 3 mm, letters 0,1 mm high.|
Andrew Rykovanov was born on September 11, 1965 in Omsk (West Siberia). He is a specialist in civil construction. The art of microminiature is his hobby from childhood. Since 1993 he is the head of the union "The centre of microminiatures "A.S.Pushkin". He is a master of artistic microminiature. The microminiature for him is not only a hobby, a way of expressing himself, of showing his mastership, but also a possibility to invite the viewer to take part in a dialogue, to share feelings. Andrew is left-handed. It is known that left-handed people form a lesser, but a substantial part of humanity, which is sometimes traditionally regarded by the right-handed majority as a kind of deviation from the norm, But it must be said that scientists, studying the fact of left-handedness, prefer to call it the specific type of cognition and perception of the surrounding world by such people. The artist uses original means and methods to bring to the attentive and serious viewer his own perception of our cultural heritage. From his point of view the intended method of addressing the imperishable words and images induces the viewers once more to think about eternal ideals and values (often fading in daily routine) which, with the help of special optical means, come closer not only to the eyes but also to the minds of contemporary people. Perfecting his art and craftsmanship in the infinitely small, Andrew creates unique artefacts with the help of a microscope. Most often he works with the following materials: the section of a rice grain, poppy seeds, pearls, amber, rock crystal, mammoth tooth, Siberian pine seeds, walnuts, plum kernels and pear seeds.
The mounting of the microminiatures can be of great variety: stone, glass, metal, wood and other natural materials. This gives additional meaning to the works, helps to reveal the theme of a work, to finish the composition. The technique of the execution: microengraving, micropainting and microplastics. The awakening of noble sentiments and high aspirations - this regards the Russian left-yanded artist as the main task of his creative work. By the way, rice grains in Eastern mythology are considered to be the symbol of life-giving source, the fertility god; and mammoth-tooth and amber are symbols of ancient reminescences of life that existed long before man appeared on Earth. The portrait of A.S.Pushkin with the text of the poem "Talisman" engraved on the cross-section of a rice grain was presented to the vice president of the United States of America in June 1992, on the occasion of the Independence Day. Now this gift is kept in the White House museum; it represents one more link in the chain connecting the cultures of the two peoples. In August 1992 in the town of Montelimar (France) the first personal exhibition of Andrew Rykovanov's works took place and was a great success.
Several works by the Siberian artist were awarded Diplomas of world records in thematic parts of the above-mentioned exhibition: the icon "The Almighty" with the text of the prayer "Our Father..." consists of two halves of a poppy seed and is executed by painting using a special brush of only one hair and paints on the base of poppy oil. This work is officially considered to be the smallest in the world, worthy to be put in Guinness book of records. Visiting Egypt as a member of the delegation of International Union of Bibliophiles in April 1999, Andrew Rykovanov organized the exhibition "Siberian microminiature" dedicated to the 200th birthday of A.S.Pushkin. The exhibition, held in Russia's cultural centre in Cairo and also in Alexandria, was a great success and got much attention. Feeling deep respect for the people of Egypt and its leader, striving to strengthen the friendship between Egypt and Russia, the artist presented a unique microminiature on a section of a pearl to the president of Egypt. A double portrait of the president and his wife was specially prepared by the artist for the exhibition in Egypt. The artist was awarded a "MILSET" Diploma for active participation in the work of the World Intellectual Festival "Scientific-technical leisure - to the XXI century generation", which took place in Moscow in 1998. At present Andrew Rykovanov continues the perfection of his craftsmanship in microtechnique, creates new forms of non-traditional methods of exhibiting his works, organizes travelling thematic exhibitions of his works in Russia and other countries.