Andrey Krikis

1940 – Born in Yaroslavl, Russia

1994 – Died in Uzbekistan Education

1972 – 1976 – Yaroslavl Institute of Art, Yaroslavl Exhibitions

1976 – Regional Art, Samarkand

1980 – Samarkand Artists, Ilkhom theatre, Tashkent

1983 – Modern Artists in Leningrad, St. Petersburg

1984 – Contemporary Art, Ilkhom theatre, Tashkent

1986 – Solo Show, Ilkhom theatre, Tashkent

1987 – Unions Country, Moscow 1987 – The 70th Anniversary of October, Tashkent

1988 – Solo show, Moscow 1988 – Solo show, South Korea

1988 – Experiment, Rehabilitation of the Possibilities, Ilkhom theatre, Tashkent

1988 – Fine Arts of Uzbekistan, Calcutta, India

1988 – Group show, Samarkand

1989 – Touring Greece, Mongolia, India, Bangladesh, Germany, Sweden, France, USA, South Korea

1989 – Creative Association of Easel Painters 23, Tashkent

1990 – All Seeing Eye, Moscow

1991 – Central House of Artists, Moscow

1993 – Russian Festival, San Francisco

2016 – Andakulova Gallery, World Art Dubai, DWTC, Dubai Posthumous Exhibitions

1996 – Art and History Museum named after A. Ikramov, Samarkand

1997 – Samar Society, Tashkent 1999 – Ilkhom Theatre, Tashkent

1999 – Open Society Institute, Tashkent

2002 – Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, Tashkent

2003 – Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, Tashkent

2010 – 60th anniversary of the artist, Chorsu Gallery, Samarkand

My Work

Andrey’s father, Yanis Konstantinovich Krikis, an archaeologist by profession, was sent from Tashkent to Samarkand to carry out scientific research connected with the archaeological study of the ancient archaeological site Afrosiab. From his early childhood the artist lived in the atmosphere of historical and spiritual cognition of the world, absorbing the bright pictures of life filled with the southern sun, which afterwards were interpreted into unusual and somewhat fantastic images and put to canvas.
During the summer months Andrey stayed with his father excavating Afrosiab, while at home he examined books about ancient Samarkand and listened to father’s stories. So the love for Samarkand, a beautiful picture from the childhood, and for the amazing history of the ancient city with its unique beauty of architectural ensembles, which Andrey was realising the more the older he grew, was being formed in him. There is an interesting fact: after they had arrived in Samarkand, the Krikis family were living for one year in the beautiful Sher-Dor madrasah, a part of the famous architectural ensemble Registan, which doubtlessly had influence on the formation of the creative fantasy of young Krikis, who felt in this environment entirely in an oriental fairy-tale.

Andrey Krikis showed the ability to draw at an early age. When he was very little, he, guided by his fantasy and bright images, which had struck him, tried to create childishly artistic images, putting photographs to a window pane, outlining them and adding to them something of his own.
In the school years he went to the city art school. In that period his teacher was Antonina Vasilyevna Larina, who played a huge role in the formation of the young talent.
‘She helped me understand and love art’ Andrey recollected with gratitude afterwards.'
The love for Samarkand, its historical past and modern life goes through all his art.
His original vision of colour and ability to render shades were noted afterwards by other artists, his colleagues, who called him ‘The king of colour’.
In 1976, he returned to Samarkand, a city, outside which he could imagine neither himself, nor his art.
Being an independent artistic nature, Andrey Krikis continued to paint, demonstrating his bright individuality and originality. His works were from time to time displayed at group and personal exhibitions in Samarkand, Tashkent and Russia, and later abroad.
He gained recognition in 1986, when the artist’s first personal exhibition of works of painting and graphic art was held in the exhibition hall ‘Ilkhom’ in Tashkent.