The people at Dacha Art are the modern pioneers in bringing serious Russian fine art to the world. Since 1991, we have been presenting the greatest names and the masterpiece paintings of the 1930's to the 1970's period of Russian Impressionism for all to see.
It has been our joy to work with some the greatest Russian artists (and their families) of the twentieth century. These artists include the great masters of Russian Impressionism – Vladimir Stozharov, Grigory Chainikov, Sergei and Alexei Tkachev, Alexei Gritsai, Nikolay Terpsikhorov, Yuri Kugach, Geliy Korzhev, Arkady Plastov, Vasily Nechitailo and many others.
Russian art is now well known in the art world and often generates headlines of record-breaking sales at the major auction houses. The Russian auctions are now one of the leading revenue producers for auction houses worldwide and the Russian auctions have been the fastest growing revenue producers for the auction houses over the last several years.
St. Petersburg and Nevsky Prospect Showroom
However, Russian art has not always been that well known outside of Russia. It has only been in recent years that the talent of the Russian realistic painters has been revealed and the art world has awoken to the astonishing treasures produced by Russian painters and sculptors that had long been hidden behind the communist iron curtain. From this crop of hugely talented artists, Dacha Art has acquired the best of the best. Many people sell Russian art, but Dacha Art's specialty is acquiring and presenting Russian Impressionist masterpieces.
Dacha Art exported its first painting in 1983 and opened its pioneering Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) office in 1991. In fact, we were the original major art wholesale exporter for the first generation of non-Russian art dealers, serving as artistic ambassadors to many dealers, galleries and auction houses. Many have followed Dacha Art and have done a great job promoting Russian art, but few of these western dealers and galleries have been able to establish the close personal relationships with the artists and their families as we have been able to do.
Because we are a Russian company operated by Russians, we have been able to venture to places and gain access to art that is almost impossible for other art dealers to find. We are also comfortable living and working both in Russia and abroad which gives us unique skills and special opportunities to find the foremost art and offer it to galleries, collectors and auction houses at prices below what many western dealers pay for the art.
Because of our special relationships with the artists and their families, and our ability to operate in Russia, and the fact that we are small company, Dacha Art has – over many years – been able to acquire a large inventory of paintings by the premier Russian artists of the twentieth century and we are able to offer these masterpieces at prices which are considerably below those of other art dealers and galleries.
If you are a collector and want to add to your collection or if you want to begin a Russian collection, we welcome the opportunity to assist you. Why pay top dollar for the best works of Russian Impressionism? Dacha Art has collected acclaimed pieces by the most esteemed Russian artists of the period, and we are thrilled to be able to present them to you at the best possible price. It is that simple.
Please enjoy your visit to the web site! We also invite you to visit us at our showroom in St. Petersburg, Russia or at our associated gallery in the United States, The Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery, in Park City, Utah.
My first job was at age seventeen, working in a Soviet factory in Leningrad that manufactured radios. It was not an ordinary facility and was unique as the factory only employed deaf people. Out of the hundreds of employees, I was the only one of a very few who could hear. I was able to get the job because both my parents are deaf. The managers hired me as a special favor to my mother. My first language was 'sign language' so I could communicate in both worlds. My mom worked at the factory and was very pleased that I would have steady work---for the next forty years. The extreme cold of the Russian winter and unbearable heat of the factory summer, combined with boring, mind-numbing work and about ten cents an hour convinced me – after nine long months of work – that there had to be a better way to contribute to the building of the utopian Communist society than working at the radio factory.
My father is a very talented artist and had built a reputation in Russia as one of the premier folk artists of Matryoshka dolls or Russian nesting dolls. So in the summer of 1989, against the tearful pleas of my mother ("What will you do for a pension?"), I quit the factory and headed off to the Nevsky Prospect with a pillowcase full of my father's dolls. I joined a legion of ambitious capitalist youngsters in pursuit of the arriving tourists. Illegally, we stood outside of tour buses and hawked our goods. In Italian, Japanese, German, French, English and Hungarian---I presented my father's work to the world, one tourist at a time. I made more rubles on the streets on a slow day than I did from the best week at the factory. Plus, of course, the adventure of the streets was so much more interesting---dodging the Soviet police and watching the pick-pockets work their tricks on the unsuspecting tourists. So, I stayed on the Nevsky, enjoying life on the edge, half communist, half capitalist and a little dangerous.
In 1991, while trying to persuade an American businessman to invest in one of my father's dolls, the Yankee offered me a job. Over the next few months, I helped the American launch his new business in Soviet Russia, his fledgling work was trying to bring Russian Impressionistic paintings to the world. It marked an interesting moment in art history, the introduction to the world of a whole new industry, a new genre of art that had previously been mostly unknown in the West. Just as the Soviet Union began collapsing, a new life was beginning to build for me. It is a life that has grown beyond all expectation. The art has allowed me to travel the world and has helped me and my family to prosper in ways unimaginable in Soviet times. It has given me a passion for life.
That's a brief history of how I became involved in the business of Russian Impressionistic art. The last twenty years have allowed me to not only meet, but to be intimately involved with, the greatest realistic artists of the twentieth century. It has been a grand adventure – one that has only just begun.
Contact Dacha Art today to learn more about Russian Impressionism or to inquire about specific works and artists. We will be happy to send you complimentary brochures, jpeg images or slides of currently available work.
Dacha Art is located in St. Petersburg, Russin on the famous Nevsky Prospect.