The museum of a painter, opened during the lifetime is a rare phenomenon. The recognition of the artist's talent takes lap time and comparisons. The fate made such a gift to a famous Khanty painter in acknowledgment of his striking talent, dedication, love for his land, its unique culture and pristine beauty.
Gennady Stepanovich Rayshev, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Honored Artist of Russia, Honored Worker of Culture of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra was born back in 1934 in the village Sivohrebt of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug. His future creativity originates from impressions of his childhood surrounded by harsh pristine nature and people living under its laws, which remain etched forever in his memory and soul. In his childhood he revealed his talent and since then he has always been committed to it. In 1954, he enrolled at the Philology Department of the Leningrad Pedagogical Institute. At the same time Rayshev was engaged in the institute's art studio, led by graphic artist Efimov, as well as in classes of the art-graphic faculty (1956-1959). Besides, he attended life classes in the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He worked as a teacher, but since his first paintings saw the light he became a professional painter.
In 1974 he was admitted to the Union of Artists.
Within the framework of realism as “a severe style” and the symbolism on the basis of folk art traditions of his countrymen, their attitudes and aesthetics, Rayshev acquired distinctive artistic style, won recognition among critics and audiences alike. His works always have both epic and philosophical views of the world (“Ugra legend”, “Holiday in Kazim”, “Under the rays of Numi Toruma” and others).
The creativity of Rayshev is recognized not only by Siberian, but also the Russian artistic culture, and is known far beyond Russia. Many films, monographs, albums were dedicated to him. Large collection of works of the artist can be found in Khanty-Mansiysk as well as in Tyumen, Sverdlovsk, Surgut, Altai art museums, in Tobolsk Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve, in Karpinsk and also in the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, in many private collections in Russia and abroad. Rayshev is awarded the Gold Medal and the Order “For Service to the art” of the Russian Academy of Arts. He is an honorary citizen of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Ugra, an honorary citizen of Karpinsk (Sverdlovsk region), Honorary Member of the Demidov Academy of Arts and Crafts. He is awarded the “Star of Dawn” prize by Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East , he is a Laureate of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra prize.
Gallery-Art Studio of G.Rayshev, the branch of the National Art Museum of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, was opened on October 1,1996 (until 2001 - the Rayshev Artist Workshop). It is a unique cultural museum that includes a creative studio of actively working master and the exhibition of his works. Today the Gallery Workshop keeps the largest collection of paintings and graphics of the famous master and his documentary-memorial fund. In total, the Gallery includes about 20 thousand author's works of art, over 1500 of them are part of the museum fund. Most of them are donated by the master.
The new building was constructed upon a special project of National Artist of Russia Sergei Goryaev in 2011. The architectural appearance of the Gallery-Art studio is organically linked with the landscape of Khanty-Mansiysk hills. Metaphorically the building represents a huge easel, bearing a giant mosaic - the picture of Rayshev (work by the team of monumental decorative art factory, Moscow). The complex glass roof gives excellent lighting to showroom.
Rayshev's variety of pictorial means links natural forces, ancient folk traditions of philosophy and aesthetics with the artistic vision of the 20-21st centuries. In the expositions (the concept was developed by the master in cooperation with art critic Ms Fedorova) there are Rayshev works from 1960s to the present. These are series of graphic works (linocut, etching, monotype, watercolor), including book illustrations; final cycles of paintings devoted to Ugric and Russian ethnic groups, a series of “Man. Earth. Space”. For the first time the Gallery-Art studio gave an opportunity to give full picture of the phenomenon of the Master who synthesizes the root culture of the people of Siberia with contemporary art and who created individual art system.
The portrait of Ugra in the framework of the world and outer space – this is exactly what you'll find in the gallery of the remarkable painter.