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 Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev

Born:   14 September 1962

Russian famous photographer


Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev is one of the most famous modern photographers in Russia, who managed to make a perfect career being faithful to his principles in art and life. His works are usually divided into various series. He uses different methods and styles, working with different themes, but always in monochrome palette, adding sepia and weak shades of colour. Clavijo-Telepnev deliberately stints himself in using colours to put a greater emphasis on lines, forms and plasticity. His photographic works are usually drawn towards retro. He likes making photos of landscapes, an architecture of Stalin's times. He has also created a series of portraits of Russia's modern art workers.

Clavijo-Telepnev is an owner of innumerable awards and titles. In particular, he was named a living classic of a Russian art photography by the experts of a Moscow Photography House. He is one of the best photographers of Russia, according to the "Kommersant" newspaper.
Clavijo-Telepnev was a participant of many exhibitions (including personal) in Russian and foreign prestigious galleries. Several albums of his works have been issued. Some Klavikho-Telepnev's works are kept in personal collections of Dmitry Medvedev, Elton John, Peter John Greenaway, Narsultan Nazarbayev and others.

Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev's art is a denial of commonness and understanding that only the artistic point of view and style allow to transform a single moment of a real life into a piece of art. One can confidently say that Vladimir Clavijo is the patriarch of the Russian advertising photography. Professional skills of transformation of a negative image into a
positive one probably are subconsciously present in the philosophy of the artist's creativity.
Everything he chooses as a photo-target of his creative vision, becomes elegant, stylish, even pretentious, but always beautiful and as a result - positive.

Aesthetical neo-romanticism of photoartist Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev leaves the spectator with romantic impression of complicity with aesthetics of the Silver Age. Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev possesses a unique artistic ability of looking into innermost signs of the ambassadors of the unseen. Collection of his works in the old and forgotten technique – eglomise adds additional, almost spiritual sense to the known characters of «Cherry garden», «Alice in the wonderland»…

Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev was born in 1962 in Moscow, in the family of creative people. His father, Pedro Clavijo, was a Columbian journalist and a radio reporter. His grandfather by his father's side, Edmundo Clavijo Cubilios, was a famous Columbia's photograph and artist. His grandfather and grandmother by his mother's side, Vladimir and Margarita Telepnevs, were painters.
In 1986 Vladimir graduated from the Moscow Polygraphic Academy, faculty of graphic art, specializing in painting, graphics and polygraphic design.
- Since 1986 he works as the newspaper photographer for «Observator», «Panorama», «Le Figaro», «Hola», «La Vanguardia», «Tribuna d Actualidad», «Antenna Seminal», «Blanco and Negro», «El Tiempo de Viagar».
- Since 1991 he is a member of the International Federation of Artists, UNESCO.
- Since 1993 - as independent photographer for magazines: «House», «Voyage», «Maison Fransaise», «Mazonin» (the Attic), «Dorogoi» (Dear), «Bazaar», «Marie Clair», «ELLE», «Officiele», «Foto and Video», etc.. Cooperates with advertising agencies in advertising such projects as: Me&Erickson, Agei Tolili, Video International, «Service of landscape», «Freedman & Roise» etc.. Participates in the advertising companies campaigns of such companies as: «Samsung», «Sony», Toshiba, Kalinka Stokmann, Carlo Pazzolini, «Soveren», «Erickson», «Beline» etc..
In 1996 Clavijo-Telepnev receives "Master-96" prize for the best advertising project.
- Since 1999 - a member of the Union of Photoartists of Russia.
In 1996, 1998 and 2000 - participation in Moscow International Photobiannual Exhibition, organized by the Moscow Photography House.
- Since 2000 - the instructor on subjects of «advertising photo and composition» at the faculty of journalism of the Moscow State University, also a member of the Russian Union of Photo Artists.
- 2001 - the Kodak award winner.
- 2001 - Clavijo-Telepnev launches his own photo art school.
- 2001 - the first album, Imperfecto, is published.
- 2002 - the second album, Impressions, is published.
- Since 2003 - a lecturer at the Design Academy.
- 2003 - receives an award for the best photo project at the Expo Beauty perfume contest.
- 2005 - the Cherry Orchard album is published.

- «Duets play», the Showroom in the Chernyshevskogo street
- the Group exhibition in Manezh, Spring art parlour
- Gallery in Kuznetsky Most
- the Group exhibition in Expocentre in Red Presnya
- Association of the Moscow artists of Grekov's school
- Art parlour, the Photocentre
- the Moscow artists, Manezh, Gallery in Kuznetsky Most, 11
- the Moscow artists, Manezh
- the Moscow artists, Gallery in Kuznetsky Most, 20
- International Photobiennale - 1998, Manezh
- the Personal project - exhibition Belgrad in gallery Republic Beefeater
- the Exhibition of works in within the framework of parlour «Architecture and design»
- the Personal project «Pushkin» in the Central House of Artists
- International Photobiennale - 2000 in the Central House of Artists
- Russian Post Modernism Nostalgia exhibition - 2003, New York, U.S.
- Exhibition at the LUMIERE photography centre - 2003, Moscow, Russia.
- Exhibition at the Russian Modern History State Central Museum, 2003.
- Exhibition at the HAY HILL gallery - 2004, London.
- Exhibition within the framework of the Russian Nights festival at the Art Hall of the Pacific Design Center- 2004, Los Angeles, Cal.
- Exhibition at the Benshaeb art gallery - 2005, Paris, France.
- The Moscow Romanticism exhibition at the Wisconsin University Art Gallery - 2005, U.S.
- Personal exhibition at the Grand Hayat Hotel gallery - 2005, Dubai, Arab Emirates.
- Exhibition at the Grossman Gallery, Williams Visual Arts Buildings - 2005, Easton, Penn.
- Personal exhibition within the framework of the Russian Movie Week in Paris, Paris-Art-Moscow - 2005, Espace Cardin, Paris. 
- 2010 - The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts opens the photography section with an exhibition of the best Clavijo-Telepnev's works.

Sources: Clavijo-Telepnev's official website Wikipedia medved-magazine
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