Yurii Bogdanovich Tumanian
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I have been working and am still working as a chief architect of major projects and as a post-secondary insntitution professor (architecture, art history). I am the designer of a number of architectural complexes and individual buildings in Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan), Kishinev (Moldova), Stary Oskol (Russia).
I became an artist over the years 1962-70 under the impact of Pavel Iakovlevich Zaltsman, the only remaining living follower of Pavel Filonov by 1960. The only Zaltsman's student, I was taught by him individually for 9 years.
I am a convinced follower of Filonov system of analytical painting and graphics.
None of my works have ever been exhibited, published, or sold .
I have organized the Studios of Analytical Art in Alma-Ata (1967-1971) and Kishinev (1987-1990).
For 15 years I have been developing a manual for teaching artists "Analytical Painting: Theory and Practice". The book is almost finished and contains 3 teaching models (for different conditions). It is designed for work with youth in the age of 17-22 for 3 years.
Personal interests: aesthetic and psychological aspects of philosophy that have to do with teaching, painting, graphics, architecture, music.
I am concerned about the future of my paintings and my research in the field of teaching, which I believe to be significant/ prospective.
My health and aptitude for work allows me to work actively.
Yurii Tumanian, August 1992.