Sazhin’s idiosyncratic works are easily distinguishable from all others within the Erarta collection. Following a formal classical education, Sazhin was able to refine his technique in such a way that he was able to adapt it to his revolutionary subject-matter, whilst still being true to his artistic aims.
One of the distinctive aspects of his artistic manner, is the recurring form of languid pears and erotic forms. These almost echo O’Keeffe’s work in the 20s and 30s, but in a contemporary setting. The tonalities of the works are more profound at darker shades, and the way in which Sazhin manages to keep the viewer breathless with anticipation, whilst only engaging in four shades at most in his works is very impressive.
One of the stupendous aspect of his works is that they are simultaneously abstract yet figurative, without giving the impression of being discordant. His works such as ‘Two’ seem to be hold a series of images which allude to representation of objects within nature, such as frogs, but somehow manage to remain abstract.
On a biographical note, Nikolay Sazhin was born in Troisk, part of the Chelyabinsk Province in 1948. Consequently to an extensive interest in the art and fine art in particular, Sazhin went on to graduate from the Serov art school, one of the dominant artistic establishments at the time. Having graduated from the Serov school, Sazhin went on to be accepted and flourish at the Repin Academy of Fine Arts in the graphics department. Accordingly, the artist graduated in 1978, and sent on to teach and inspire young talents at the Serov art school up till 1989.
Sazhin’s unique teaching methods and wide-spread popularity with his students saw him being welcomed as a guest lecturer at Washington State University and Reed College in Portland, Oregon. These high-profile teaching positions between 1989 and 1990 ensured that Sazhin was accepted as being an honorary professor at the National Academy of Art and Design in St. Petersburg from 1997 onwards.