Biography Dmitri Nalbandyan
Dmitry Nalbandyan is a well-known master of ceremonial portrait He was also a talented landscape painter. Nalbandyan considered himself a follower of the impressionistic style of Konstantin Korovin. Nalbandyan was a member of the Academy of Fine Arts of the USSR. He was also a People s Artist of the USSR, a Laureate of Stalin Prize in 1946 and in 1951, and a Lenin Prize Laureate in 1982.
Nalbandyan studied at the Tbilissi Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied in the class of E. Lancere (1924 – 1929). In 1931, the artist moved to Moscow. During his long artistic life Nalbandyan became famous for creating many portraits of representatives of the Soviet political elite, including Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev. Among the artists, the informal nickname of Nalbandyan became the first brush of Politburo (Political Bureau in the USSR). In 1978, for his group portrait Varnatun (1974-1976), depicting the representatives of Armenian culture, the artist was awarded a Gold Medal of the Academy of Fine Arts of the USSR.
Dmitry Nalbandyan s paintings are represented in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and at many leading museums in Russia. His self-portrait has been part of the Uffizi Gallery s collection in Florence, Italy, since 1982. Dmitry Nalbandyan retains authority not only in museums but also on the art market. His works regularly appear at auctions where they always capture the interest of collectors.