Tatarnikov Pyotr

Petr Tatarnikov, a member of a well-known St. Petersburg artistic family, was born in 1953 in Leningrad. Today he is living and working in St. Petersburg.
Following the path of a classical art education, he attended the Secondary Art School of Leningrad and continued his studies at the Academy of Arts of St. Petersburg where he worked to master monumental art in the legendary workshop of Andrey Mylnikov. Finishing his education and not wanting to leave the artistic atmosphere of the academic workshops Tatarnikov thus began his long teaching career in the architectural department of the same academy.
Despite his classical artistic training, adhering to the techniques of oil painting, and following the established genres of landscapes, portraits and narrative compositions, Tatarknikov developed his own style early on, which distinguished itself by abstraction of the represented and reduction of the picturesque vocabulary. The monochrome, yet seemingly modern and exalted surfaces of his landscape paintings are created with minimal, rhythmically and harmoniously repetitive contours and volumes of basic geometry as well as a delicately graduated color palette. Rather than nature itself, the artist illustrates the mysterious, unpredictable and incomprehensible aspects of nature, symbolizing the origin and the eternity of life. Tatarnikov uses minimalism as a means of transformation and abstraction, thereby lending a monumental integrity to his works.
Artist Tatarnikov Pyotr

Selected exhibitions:

  • 2012 Annual exhibition of the Artists’ Union, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg/RU
  • 2009 The Flow, Kvadrat Gallery, St. Petersburg/RU
  • 2008 Poetry of Water (an exhibition conceived by The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg), Palais Lumière, Evian/FR
  • 2006 Our Cycle – Time and Place, Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg/RU
  • 2005 Reflections, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg/RU
  • 2004 Two Shores. Two Oceans, The State Museum of the History, St. Petersburg/RU
  • 2000 Artists’ Studios in St. Petersburg. The 20th century, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg/RU
  • 1998 Annual Christmas exhibition, Anna Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain
  • 2003 House, St. Petersburg/RU
  • 1998 My Own Garden, Museum-Reserve, Gatchina/RU
  • 1995 Group exhibition with B. Zinkevich, Budo/NO
  • 1994- 2006 Annual summer exhibition, Gallery Katedralen, Skagen/DK
  • 1992 The new St. Petersburg, Bonn/DE
  • 1990 Visit in Kassel/DE (together with V. Zagorov and P. Konnikov)
  • 1987 Artists from Moscow and Leningrad, Exhibition Complex, Gavan/RU
  • 1983 Four Names (together with J. Dalgat, M. Bozunova and V. Zagorov), Yelagin Palace, Leningrad/RU



  • 1996 Member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Contemporary Art
  • 1982 Member of the Artists’ Union of the USSR (Leningrad branch)


Selected public and private collections:

  • The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg/RU
  • The State Museum of the History, St. Petersburg/RU
  • Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg/RU
  • Manege, St. Petersburg/RU
  • Erarta Museum, St. Petersburg/RU
  • Dokuchaev Museum, St. Petersburg/RU
  • Nordic Council of Ministers, St. Petersburg/RU
  • Museum-Reserve, Gatchina/RU
  • Sosnovy Bor Artistic Museum of Modern Art, Sosnovy Bor/RU
  • Kareiya Museum of Fine Arts, Petrozavodsk/RU
  • Vereshagin Museum of Fine Arts, Nikolaev/UKR
  • Skagen Museum, Skagen/DK
  • Astrakhan State Gallery B.M. Kustodiev, Astrakhan/RU
  • Murmansk Region Art Museum, Murmansk/RU
  • Omsk M.A. Vrubel Museum of Fine Arts, Omsk/RU