Russian folk painting styles by Sasha Vinogradova

In an attempt to show the different styles of Russian folk painting, Sasha Vinogradova, a russian designer based in Los Angeles, created something more interesting when she replaced the traditional painting subjects.


Sasha shows us 6 Russian folk painting styles: Gorodets, Gzhel, North-Dvina, Zhostovo, Mezen and Khokhloma. Some are really known to me, as I am living in Eastern Europe and saw them on their traditional painting subjects, as: pottery, kerchiefs (mainly women clothing, because of my grandmother), dinner plates (they where seen as the “expensive china” dinnerware). But what is grate about this project, is not only the painting styles, but more the painted subject, the human skull.
Because of the new painting subject, the project gets more memorable and interesting. See for yourself.

Russian folk painting styles by Sasha Vinogradova


Gorodets painting sprang from carved Gorodets distaffs that were manufactured in villages nearby Gorodets town in the Nizhmi Novgorod Region. Gorodets artists traditionally paint genre senes, images of birds and animals (roosters, horses, leopards, etc.) and flower patterns.

Russian folk painting styles by Sasha Vinogradova


Khokhloma painting is the name of a Russian wood painting handicraft style and national ornament, known for its vivid flower patterns, red and gold colors over a black background, and the effect it has when applied to wooden tableware or furniture, making it look heavier and metal-like.

Russian folk painting styles by Sasha Vinogradova


Gzhel is a style of ceramics which takes its name from the village of Gzhel and surrounding area, where it has been produced since 1802.
The earliest pieces were created of earthenware. The pottery was painted solid white with distinctive blue designs.

Russian folk painting styles by Sasha Vinogradova


This style of painting was conceived in the area of the North Dvina river. It included a lot of symbols. A composition of these elements create a unique painting. Frequently used symbols and motifs like the tree of life, bird Siriu, lion, griffin, bear, mermaid. Colors – white background and red, green and yellow elements with black strokes.



Zhostovo painting is an old Russian folk handicraft of painting on metal trays. It appeared in the early 19th century mainly. Painting is done in a few consecutive energetic and firm strokes with a soft brush and oil paints, richly diluted with lineseed oil. the most widely used motif of the Zhostovo painting is a bunch of mixed garden and wild flowers, which is simple and laconic in its essence.

Russian folk painting styles by Sasha Vinogradova


Mezen painting was named according to the location where this kind of art was conceived. Mezen painting is the most ancient among the Russian artistic handicraft industries. The restrained color, where the black outline emphasizes the strained sounding of the brownish-red color. Ornaments have stingy and relative graphic form.


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