Anatoly Burykin was born in Moscow in 1950. He studied architecture and art at the Moscow Institute of Architecture . Upon completing his studies he taught the arts at this institution., Anatoly earned great success illustrating books for children, several journals as well as film posters for the soviet cinema. One of the books he illustrated, ‘The Kitten and Santa Claus’, won the “Book of the Year” prize at ‘The Image of Fantasy’ children’s book fair in Sarmede, Italy.
Since 1990 Anatoly has been living and painting in Vienna. It is here that his career took off. Numerous solo exhibitions in Vienna, Paris, Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Padua, Sarmede, Munich, New York as well as his participation in international contemporary art fairs testify to his great artistic talent.
When looking at one of Anatoly’s paintings, one immediately starts a voyage of discovery. Within the structured planes of his paintings, new harmonies and dissonances can be explored. The surface of his works is built on plasticity. It can be matt, shiny, rough and then return to being completely even. At times one can see architectonic structures, probably an engraved theme from his student years. While creating his works, Anatoly lets his intuition take over and rarely knows what he will do next. While creating new compositions, contrasts, lines and shapes, he incorporates various layers into his canvas step by step, layer after layer. This is the reason why Anatoly works very slowly, taking his time, while working on several works in parallel. Sometimes he will let the oil paint dry out completely before returning to the work with a new colour in mind, working his palette knife and other tools to form a type of matrix into the hardened paint. The paintings that result out of this process possess a lustrous interplay of textures and surfaces, at times very bright, glowing, with pulsating sheens and then return to a calmer, softer, and still surface.
The figurative content present in his earlier period disappeared from the canvas to make way for an inimitable abstract visual language. Anatoli Burykin chose to withdraw himself from the foreground in order to give his work an autonomous effect, freed from all symbols, which give the painting the possibility to work through its own structural elements.