Galina Kakovkina (Matissova) is an artist
from Nizhniy Novgorod, a painter participant of numerous
art exhibitions and projects, one of the founders of creative
association of artists "Cherniy Prud"
creative biography began with regional exhibition in 1976. Within
next several years she took part in many flat exhibitions of
1987 at an exhibition in Moscow at VDNKh All-Russian Exhibition
Centre one of Galina's works gained a medal. Soon some paintings
were purchased by The Vladimir-Suzdal state historical, architectural
and art museum-reserve.
1987 Galina Kakovkina with friends establishes creative association
"Cherniy Prud", which played a considerable role in
a cultural life of the province and returned public interest
to true, independent art. Members of the association held a
lot of exhibitions in native city, in the Volga region and in
Moscow. These years Galina had great personal exhibitions in
Nizhniy Novgorod, Cheboksary, Ioshkar Ola. Chuvash,
Mari-L and Nizhniy Novgorod museums purchased her works in there
In 1990s Galina Kakovkina took part
in big projects "Drugoe pokolenie" ("Other generation")
and "Drugoe pokolenie-2" ("Other generation-2"),
that gathered the best artists from the Volga region, who's
creative work was out of the system of "socialistic realism".
Authors of the project were Lubov Saprykina and Anna Gor (art
directors of the "Caryatid" gallery, later
of the Nizhniy Novgorod branch of the State Centre for Contemporary
Art). Exhibitions took place in Moscow (Central House of Artist),
Nizhniy Novgorod (Nizhniy Novgorod State Art Museum)
1995 1996 Gallery "Caryatid" spends the series of
Galina's personal exhibitions ("Walk in the Garden",
"Between a Thing and Emptiness", "Time Name"),
and also Galina Kakovkina and Liubov Saprykina together with
the Nizhniy Novgorod TV create video project "Painting
in the Garden" exhibition opened the theme of road in Kakovkina's
art. Road as the symbol of life-way and the end of it as meeting
with Unknown excites the artist very much. In 1999 Nizhniy Novgorod
State Art Museum presented an exhibition named "Composition
with the Road", where author continues the reflections
upon symbols of leaving time (series "Russian Landscape")
Theme of a way was the most full and deeply developed in "The
Way Home" project (Nizhniy Novgorod State Art Museum, 2008).
In 1998 Nizhniy Novgorod Exhibition
Center held Galina's personal exhibition "Light. Fragments",
in which she tries to identify light as the mystical category.
On her canvases solved in very dark scale of colors, light is
presented by rare and very bright patches - flashes of hope
in the world of shades.
the main genre in Kakovkina's art is the still-life. Red and
black pots standing against the background of placid landscape
are mysterious and significant. Glass vessels are like transpired
range of realities. Bouquets are very different, painted brightly
and with venture, impressing spectator with kaleidoscope pattern.
Galina Kakovkina has her own, original, easily identifiable style in art. It is characterized by search for harmony, vital atmosphere, rich fantasy in color use.
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