Zorikto  Dorzhiev (1976, Ulan-Ude)

Painter and Sculptor

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ZORIKTO DORZHIEV (1976, Ulan-Ude, Buryatia)

Zorikto Dorzhiev received his art education at the Buryat College of Culture and Art in Ulan-Ude in 1996 and subsequently trained with Professor A M Znak at the Krasnoyarsk State Art Institute until 2002. Dorzhiev continued his education at the creative studios of the Russian Academy of Arts until 2005.

Nomadic Buryat life in the Mongolian region of Russia is the main subject of his work, along with subtle humour and a taste for caricature. The artist incorporates Buryat folk traditions with the techniques of the Russian academic school of painting and the philosophy of modern European Art to convey the flavour of nomadic life. To Zorikto, "a nomad does not travel around in search of a better life, he is instead an artist, a poet, a philosopher, and often a loner”.

Zorikto Dorzhiev is a versatile artist. In addition to his paintings and graphic drawings, he creates sculptures, makes sketches of national costumes, and produces video projects. Zorikto worked as a costume designer in Sergei Bodrov's film entitled "Mongol" (nominated for an Oscar) and is the illustrator for "The Cruel Age" one of the best novels about Genghis Khan, by Isai Kalashnikov.

Zorikto Dorzhiev's is honoured to have his exhibitions held at the prestigious State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the State Museum of Oriental Art (Moscow), the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France), the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium), as well as in many museums and private galleries worldwide.

His works are in private collections across Europe, Russia, the USA, Australia and Asia.

Some of his prominent collectors include Russian President Vladimir Putin, actress Uma Thurman and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.