Gennady Zubkov was born in 1940 in Perm, Russia, which has now become one of the cultural epicenters of contemporary Russian art. In 1968 Zubkov graduated from the Painting and Graphic Department of the Herszen State Pedagogical University, Leningrad, which is one of the most prestigious art institutes in Russia.
The formal education not only gave Zubkov the fantastic classical training as an artist but also presented him with an incredible opportunity of establishing a close relationship with Vladimir Sterligov (1904 – 1973), who became his close friend and mentor. Sterligov, prior to being one of the distinguishing members of the faculty of the Herzen academy, was a founding member of his own school of artistic thought and expression- the Sterligov group. Not only was this a significant influence upon Zubkov, but also the artistic community in Russia at the time in general. Sterligov himself was personally taught by Kazimir Malevich, who not only aided him in early figurative works but also in rigid philosophical context, which Malevich himself deemed to be vital for any artistic pursuit in general.
More specifically, the tutorage that Zubkov received from Sterligov occurred between 1963 and 1973, allowed the former to gain an in-depth understanding of the vital artistic movements that dominated the early twentieth century art world. Hence, Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism and above all Suprematism were all brought to Zubkov’s attention during his study.
Consequently to this particular tutelage, Zubkov went on to develop a technique lessons and methodology of form and color based on his lessons with Sterligov between 1976 and 1980. This in itself was revolutionary at the time, because the type of artistic expression that Zubkov pursued was unlike anything that was witnessed by the Russian art community at the time.
Subsequently to this personal pursuit, in 1977 Zubkov he derived a new painting technique ‘form creates form’ which he applied to his still lifes and landscapes. This unique and historically pivotal technique can be reviewed and studied within the collection of Zubkov that is present in Erarta galleries.
From 1986 to present, Zubkov has been teaching painting to young artists, as his personal involvement and relationship with Sterligov has allowed him to comprehend that mentoring has a fundamental impact upon the development and discovery of young talent. Zubkov’s professorship also allowed him to found the artistic groups ‘Form+Color and ‘April 17’, between 1995 and 1998, in co-operation with the prominent young artists.
Zubkov has been exhibiting worldwide and has had over 150 personal and group exhibitions.