Born near Moscow, Andrey Remnev’s early influences were old Russian paintings. In his artistic training, he copied classics from the 15th through 17th centuries. His hometown of Yakhroma was set on high hilltops and overlooked uneven vistas with canals and forests. He says, “the impressions of my childhood and youth—beautiful nature and remarkable people—are the most important ones.”

On his work, he says, “My own style evolved from the ancient icon painting, Russian art of the 18th century, the compositional innovations of the World of Art group and Russian Constructivism. As painters of the past, I use natural pigments bound with egg yolk.”