International Award winning Russian master Nikolai Blokhin [Николай Блохин] has studied and did post graduate work at Russia’s finest “St Petersburg Academy of Art” and has since moved up to be a “Teacher” as well as a “Professor” - quite an honor for a young artist. He won the Grand Prize at the American Society of Portrait Artists 2002 competition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (at the ripe age of 34!).
His works hang in various museums in Russia, China, as well as Europe and Finland. Noted collectors are M. Gorbachev, former president of USSR, B. Elzin, former president of Russia, Russia- President V. Putin; USA- Academy Award winning Anthony Quinn. Many other works are found globally in private collections.
- From 1996 - Member of the Union of Artists of Russian Federation Occupation;
- From 1995 - Professor of drawing in St. Petersburg Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after I.E. Repin;
- From 2000 - Member of the International Federation of Artist;
From 2002 - Member of the American Society of Portrait Artists;
- From 2004 - Member of the Portrait Society of America.