Vladimir Nasonov was born in 1957 in Russia. After graduation from high school, Nasonov served for two years in the Russian Army where his natural artistic abilities were used to support the activities of the Russian Army. Nasonov painted advertising posters to promote and enhance the image of the Russian army and in the process discovered a deep desire to study to become a painter.Nasonov found it necessary to support himself by working as a machinist in a factory as he began to study art and to paint. Even though his artistic talent was recognized, Nasonov was directed to an athletic pursuit for his country and became a successful pro soccer player.
Before 1985 the political structure of Russia did not permit artists to sell their paintings. Nasonov was so dedicated to his paintings that he found it necessary to sell some paintings on the street to survive. This led to many arrests and subsequent fines from the local police about 50 in fact!
Once Nasonov and his wife traveled into Poland and Hungary, Nasonov sold a number of his paintings at a good price. Though quite pleased, the Nasonovs were concerned about getting the money back into Russia. So, they went on a shopping spree like never before purchasing clothes, art books and even a piece of furniture for their apartment. These were exciting times for Nasonov.After 1985, Gorbachev made it possible for artists to officially sell their paintings at outdoor markets set up in designated locations. Nasonov was very happy with his new freedom and began to sell many paintings to foreign visitors. Collectors from the U.S.A., Canada, Germany and France selected paintings for their personal and corporate collections.
Nasonov has become quite accomplished as an artist because of his dedication to his painting and his continued self-education. The study of art history and the mastery of techniques used by master impressionist painters as he has developed his chosen path with passion have resulted in a depth easily enjoyed as the collector experiences the museum quality paintings of Nasonov. In fact, Nasonov hopes to share his paintings with future museum visitors as inspiration for future artists.