Egg Tempera on Panel
8 x 10 in.
Both born in the mid-sixties, Olga and Aleksey Ivanov received their classical art education in Moscow, Russia and have been in collaboration ever since. Their early education focused on classical drawing, live model painting, human anatomy, and art history.
After graduation they explored the world of the European Renaissance and Russian Iconography. This along with their work in restoration led them to what has become their highest passion: egg tempera and gilding. The egg tempera technique dates back to early Greek and Roman art. It is a demanding skill that was largely abandoned when oil paints were introduced in the 16th century. This highly sophisticated medium demands full attention, perfect blending, and exceptional skill and sensitivity as each of the many layers are added to a work.
The husband and wife team are both equally involved in each piece created. They immigrated from Russia to the United States in 2002 and now live and work in Denver, Colorado. Their works are in collections across the globe and grace the cover and pages of magazines.