About the Artist

Born in Russia on the 18 May 1937. Lives and works in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

In 1967 graduated from V. Mukhina Higher Industrial Arts College in St. Petersburg.

In the same year, moved to the capital of Kazakhstan (then known as Alma-Ata) to undertake commissions for the public sector.

Member of the Union of Artists of the USSR and the Union of Artists of Kazakhstan since 1970.

Honoured Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Member of the Public Committee for the National Awards in Literature and Art since 2010 to the present time.

 

Vladimir Tverdokhlebov has successfully completed many large-scale public art projects, both as the Lead Artist and the Head of the Complex Design.  These have included:

  • Establishment of a new exposition of the Central Museum of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan (1967-1968)

  • Exhibition of Artists of Central Asia and Kazakhstan in Central Arena in Moscow, Russia (1971-1972)

  • A series of posters for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society of Kazakhstan (1971-1975)

  • Designs for the House Museum of Mukhtar Auezov, Almaty, Kazakhstan (1972)

  • Designs for the Dzhambul Dairy Plant, Taraz, Kazakhstan (1975)

  • Fountain "Oriental Calendar" ("Signs of the Zodiac") in Almaty, Kazakhstan (1974-1980)

  • Palace of Culture of the Almaty Cotton Plant, Almaty, Kazakhstan (1981-1982)

  • Interior design for the House of Scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan (1983-1984)

 

Vladimir Tverdokhlebov has created numerous mosaics, paintings, reliefs, tapestries and stained glass installations, with noted examples including:

  • Mural fresco "World of Fantasy" in the main hall of a kindergarten in Karatau, Kazakhstan (1968)

  • Mural fresco "Circus arrived!" in the main hall of the kindergarten of the Ministry of Communications of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan (1972)

  • Mural fresco "Harvest Festival" for the restaurant of the House of Culture in Sairam, Shymkent region, Kazakhstan (1973)

  • Mosaic composition on the theme "The Land of Karkaralinsk" on the facade of the Palace of Culture in Karkaralinsk, Karaganda region, Kazakhstan (1974)

  • Reliefs "The Masks" and "The Three Muses" on the facade of the Palace of Culture in Karkaralinsk, Karaganda region, Kazakhstan (1974-1975)

  • Mosaics of the six famous scientists, who influenced development of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, in the lobby of the first floor, the House of Scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan (1983-1984)

  • Tapestries of "Kazakh Hunting with Golden Eagles” Interior Hall Reception, and "Almaty - City of Apples" (four tapestries) for the Meeting halls, the House of Scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan (1983-1984)

  • Florentine mosaic composition "Lenin" in the Main Conference hall in the House of Scientists of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan (1983-84).

  • Curtain handloom "Science and Progress” in the Small Conference hall and two abstract tapestries in the stairwells in the House of Scientists of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan (1983-84).

  • Stained glass windows on the theme "Culture of Kazakhstan. Link between past and present" in the House of Scientists of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan (1983-84)

  • Mural frescos in oriental miniature style in the Winter garden. Stained glass windows on the theme "Culture of Kazakhstan” in the House of Scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan (1983-1984)

  • Mosaics on the theme "Architecture and Art" on the facade of the House of Culture of Koldy village, Kaskelen District, Almaty region, Kazakhstan (1986-1987)

  • Series of mosaic compositions (19) for the interior of the restaurant halls of the Holiday resort "The Motorist of Kazakhstan", Bostyri, Issyk-Kul region, Kyrgyzstan (1988-1989)

  • Mosaic composition "Dragon" for the facade of the "Thai" restaurant in Almaty, Kazakhstan (2002)

  • Series of tapestries "Four Seasons", "Blue Issyk-Kul" and still life for private collections (2003-present time)

  • Mosaic composition "The Silk Road" for the facade of the "Issyk" restaurant of the Hotel "Alma-Ata", Almaty, Kazakhstan (2005)

  • Mosaics "Jesus Christ" and "Trinity" for the facade of the Orthodox Church of Christ the Saviour in Almaty, Kazakhstan (2006-2007)

  • Mosaic "Annunciation" for the facade of the Orthodox Church of Annunciation in the city of Aktau, Kazakhstan (2007)

  • Design of collector coins on the theme of "Oriental Calendar" and "Circle of Eternity" in gold and silver for the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2010-present).

 

Since the 1990s, Vladimir Tverdokhlebov also worked in watercolour and oil paint. He became a member of the international artists group "Tengri", travelling widely in Central Asia and Kazakhstan, and participated in numerous exhibitions.

In 2008, Vladimir began to teach young aspiring artists on a one-to-one basis, mentoring them in a range of artistic skills. His pupils proved another - pedagogical – talent of the artist. The students successfully entered some of the best schools in Europe, demonstrating their artistic talents.

 

Over the years, Vladimir Tverdokhlebov took place in various specialised international groups of artists meeting in the Creative Centres of the Union of Artists of USSR, such as Senezh, Solnechnogorsk, Russia, Hosta, Russia, Palanga, Lithuania and Gurzuf, Russia. He also travelled and worked in Nepal, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Finland, Bulgaria, Germany, France and England.

In 1984, Vladimir participated in the World Biennale of Artists and Architects in Sofia, Bulgaria, as a delegate of the Union of Artists of USSR. In 1986, he took part in an international creative trip to Finland, visiting art studios and exhibitions in ten different cities.

 

In 2004 for two months, Vladimir lived and worked in an international commune of artists in Paris, Le Cite des Artistes, where he created a series of paintings in watercolours and oil on canvas.

Many of Vladimir Tverdokhlebov’s works in oils, watercolours, tapestry and mosaics, are in public and private collections in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.