Mikhail Kaban-Petrov

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Born in 1966 in small town Resheti of Novosibirskaya Oblast in Russia, Mikhail has been involved in art since the early childhood. He served in the USSR Navy from 1984 till 1987, and graduated from Novoaltay Art College in 1990. In 1996 he graduated from Surikov’s Moscow State Architecture & Art University, Art major (school of art of Sidorov). Since that time Mikhail has been living and working in Kosterevo city, Vladimirskaya Oblast in Russia.

He is a Member of Russian Professional Artists Union. Most of his masterpieces are sold out to private collections worldwide – in Russia, Germany, Slovakia, USA, England, Malta, etc.

Mikhail is a participant of the following art exhibitions:

1991 – «Nevada-Semipalatinsk», joint exhibition, Moscow, Russia. 
1994 – «Mikhail Petrov, Evgeniy Kravtsov», Moscow, Russia. 
1995 – Young Artists of Siberia, Moscow, Russia.
1999 – Young Artists Axhibition, Malta.
2001 – individual exhibition at Moscow State Duma, Moscow, Russia. 
2006-08 – exhibitions of Salon Russ Art Gallery, London, England.
2007 – joint exhibitions, Vladimir city and Petushki city, Russia. 
2008 – «Art Manege», Moscow city, Russia. «Three + One», joint exhibition, Podolsk city, Russia. «15 years later», Kolomna city, Russia.
2010 – «Art Today», joint exhibition, Moscow city, Russia. 
2011 – «Russian theme», individual exhibition, Petushki city, Russia.
«Five Artists», joint exhibition, Vladimir city, Russia.


What makes Mikhail’s artworks unique? With the classic school of art as a background and an international recognition, he lives in continuous search of new creative achievements by analyzing his inner state as well as the world around him.

His aim is to bring to the world not a picture or a plot, but the expression, something that is impossible to explain in words and only understood through contemplation. He uses figurative and objective forms, trying to reach the level of generalization that reflects the diversity of his mental outlook through utilizing as few means of expression as possible.

Art experts and critics call his style “mystic realism”, and the artist himself agrees with this term with the only correction that he would prefer his style to be related to “magic realism” as most of the time inspiration for his masterpieces are found in parallel worlds of creativity, such as poetry, music, cinema, and literature.