State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»

24 June 2015

The exhibition of Georgiy Panaiotov, icon painter from St.Petersburg, entitled “The Holy Images” opened on June 20 in Izborsk” State Museum Preserve in The Merchant Belyanin’s House (Pechorskaya str., 39).

Georgiy Panaiotov graduated from St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after I.E. Repin. He is 25. However, he has created numerous icons and whole icon ensembles.

He was born in Belarus.  When he was a young boy, living in Bulgaria – his father’s motherland, Georgiy was captivated by iconographic images in old Bulgarian churches. In Veliko Tarnovo a Bulgarian icon painter Rashko Bonev gave Georgiy his first classes in icon painting. And at 6 years old he painted his first icon. 

Several years passed. In 1999 The St. Petersburg Foundation for Support and Development of Culture organized the exhibition of the ten year old iconographer’s work.

More exhibitions followed. One man personal exhibitions for the icon painter’s work were organized in Veliko-Tarnovo, Brest, Varna, Odessa, Paris, in St.Petersburg museums (six exhibitions), Minsk, Frankfurt on Main, Pskov, Lipetsk, Tikhvin, Gatchina, Kirovsk, Mikhailovskoye (Alexander Pushkin estate), Moscow. In Moscow Georgiy gave master classes. He has a special gift for explaining, it helps him in his teaching activities. He also gave master classes in Lipetsk, Rome and St.Petersburg.

He also created numerous complicated icon groups such as the ones in Grodno, St.Petersburg, Sestroretsk, Pushkin Hills (The Pskov Region). Several museums in St.Petersburg, such as The State Museum of the History of Religion and State Museum of Theatre and Music all have icons created by him. Recently Georgiy finished painting icon ensembles for churches in Kunashir (Kurils), Baranovichi (Belorus), Tsarskoye Selo.


Searching and experimenting are his main principles. Georgiy not only transforms the existing iconographic canon, but also develops new iconographic images.  It is no wonder that the artist turned to painting miniature paintings, which used to be outside his artistic interests and created The life story of Holy Martyr Josef, the  Metropolitan of Astrakhan. One is attracted to the miniature paintings through the emotional tension, natural poses and gestures.  Today book-miniatures are not very popular among young church artists and therefore this is especially interesting. 

Using the rich experience of his predecessors and being in constant creative pursuit Georgiy develops new iconography, which had never been used by icon painters before. This brave and innovative artist creates bright, deep and genuine works of religious art.

Alaksey Mudrov, art-historian, restorer, the curator of the exhibition.

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