21" x 17.5"
Igor Raevitch was born on January 3, 1966 in Berlin, Germany, the son of a Russian diplomat. His family stayed in Berlin until 1970, and then moved to Moscow for a short time. In 1971 Igor's father was sent to the United States of America and the family lived in New York City. They returned to Moscow in 1977.
Growing up, Igor had a great interest in mechanics and do-it-yourself projects, and as he grew older his interests expanded to a love of reading and writing literature. He became very fond of Russian poetry, especially Mikhail Lermontov, and started writing poetry himself. After graduating from high school Igor applied for entry to the military paratroopers college, but the day before he was supposed to report he accidentally wounded his hand and therefore was rejected. After the failure of his hopes for a military career (1983), Igor entered the Moscow automobile and highway institute from which he graduated in 1988. During this period Igor wrote several short stories which were published. T hen, in accordance to the laws of USSR, Igor was taken to serve in the army for the next two years. This was a difficult time due to the USSR being involved in three "local wars" during his military tenure. It was the beginning of Chechnya, the Azerbaijan/Armenia conflict, and the Suchumy/Tbilisi conflicts. This was a shock to Igor and forced him into new experiences, gaining insights into other aspects of and appreciation of life. It was during this period that he started painting seriously and working with business related graphics. As soon as he finished his duty in the army he was accepted in the preparatory school for the Surikov institute and in two years passed the entrance exams and in 1992 became a student of the Surikov Institute. He received advanced training at the Surikov Institute, under the direction of the legendary Professor V.N. Zabelin. He graduated from the institute in 1998 with a Masters degree in painting. His graduation piece, which was painted to be judged by all of the professors at the institute, was dedicated to a very famous and symbolic place in Moscow - the Belorusskaja train station.
Granted membership to the elite artist group "Vision"
Invited to be a full-rights member of the Moscow Union of Artists, 1999
Invited to become a member of "Nadejdy", the Painters' Union, 1999
Raevitch's works are shown frequently at Lazare Gallery, Charles City, VA; Walls Gallery, Wilmington, NC; Wallace Fine Art, Longboat Key, Fl; as well as James Yarosh Assoc., Holmdel, NJ.
1993 - present, has participated in all but one exhibition of the young painters of MOSH, the Moscow Union of Artists
1995, Christmas Exhibition, Moscow Union of Artists
1996, Easter Exhibition, Moscow Union of Artists
1997, Historical Exhibition, Moscow Union of Artists
His works can be found in private collections in Great Britain, Austria, USA, Germany, France, Hungary, South Korea, Japan, and Russia