Vladimir Denshchikov. The national artist of Ukraine, a producer and production designer, the artist of the Crimean Academical Russian Dramatic Theater named after M. Gorky, the Honored Art worker of Crimea, the ARK Project prize-winner in 2009 in applied art nomination.
The artist was born in July, 1952 . He graduated from the Kyiv State University of Theatre in 1974. Since 1975 till 2007 he worked as an artist in the Simferopol theater. After he survived a stroke in 2007 he moved to a teaching job.
1998 - Germany – Heidelber
2002 - Germany – Heidelber
2008 - Kiev - the 1st Festival "Flax fest";.
December 2008 - Simferopol, art museum.
February 2009 - Moscow, the Rerikh museum.
April 2009 – Saki , museum of local lore.
May 2009 – Yalta, the Livadia Palace.
November 2009 - Kiev, the 2nd All-Ukranian Festival "Flax fest ";.
January 2010 – Sevastopol, the Moscow House.
Personal exhibitions with the name "Holy flax" reveal the famous person again. The works of Vladimir Denshchikov captivate the audience with an amazing atmosphere of light, kindness and peace. The artist uses a knot weaving techniques in his works, called macrame, he has been practising this technique for more than 30 years. Linen threads are used as the material for the artist's works. Millions of knots are made manually by the artist during months of painstaking work. In his latest works the artist used several kinds of handmade fabric that was created and patent by him.
Everything that you can see on Vladimir's icons - the details of the patterns on settings and all ornaments are made of the marvelous material - linen thread (0,5-2 mm), each knot is made manually without knitting needles, crochets, etc. All artist's works are made in the accordance with the church canons, each artwork is unique and numbers from one to several millions of knots. This technique is unique and has no copies in the world. All artist's rights reserved.
It takes the artist 3-6 months to create an icon 40x50 cm. "Alexander Nevsky" icon had been created during 14 months and there are over 9 million knots in it, each knot was tied up manually. Saints' faces are made in oil on a linen canvas.
His handmade religious icons Vladimir Denshchikov creates with the blessing of the ministers of church. Most of the icons are sanctifed by Church. The artworks have been exhibited in Germany, Ukraine and Crimea. They are also held in personal collections of Ukraine, Russia, Czechia, Hungary, Germany and USA. All religious icons are active, they live and help people as for example in the Temple of Malorechensk in St Nicholas cathedral.
There is no gold or silver or jewels in the works of Vladimir Denshchikov, but all of them radiates love and a deep insight of things, they evoke a lump in a throat, great relief and tender emotions make your eyes fill with tears. And though a linen thread doesn't shine but there is a light over the icons that doesn't die away, the light of work multiplied by Love and Faith.
The artist lives on the tip of the thread. His religious icons breathe and live.