Andrey Rudyev was born in the Cossack village Leningradskaya, located in the Krasnodar region. A high achiever in school, Rudyev could choose any profession he wanted. Every subject came easy for him including physics, mathematics, history and drawing. The school’s drawing group teacher spotted the student’s talent and insisted that he should continue his education at the Krasnodar Art School. In 1984 he graduated from the school’s theatrical art and staging department. Having served in the army, Rudyev studied at VGIK, the Soviet Union State Institute for Cinematography in Moscow. When the artist visited St. Petersburg for the first time, he realized that this was where he wanted to live and moved immediately.
Andrey Rudyev says that his first creative practices were directed at realistically portraying objects. He was fanatically devoted to realistic painting. However, as soon as he mastered his artistic skills, his views changed. In his individual preferences, he moved on from the Russian academic artists to the German classic artists of the twentieth century such as Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer, and the contemporaries, Jonathan Meese and Daniel Richter.
Rudyev is a contemporary artist who has experienced stages of painting evolution in his mind and often in his artwork. He cannot and does not want to paint like Renaissance masters. ‘The artist of the present day must train their brain, the art of today happens in minds’, Rudyev says. These words can make for a meaningful commentary not only about his works but also on pieces by other contemporary artists.