1979 Born in Moscow. Committed to the Russian realistic school, graduate of the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, he aspires for absolute fidelity in reproducing the reality.I am driven by the desire to do this very kind of creative activity, one which would tell the truth about the surrounding world, Simon says, Any reproduction is subjective indeed, but I do hope that my painting is close to nature and harmony. I do what I am interested in, what I believe in. Thus I try to find unusual motifs, themes, I travel a lot, read a lot, watch a lot.The artists range of interests is wide: historical picture, still life, landscape, illustration. Unusual is his approach to solution of each new canvas, no formulas, nothing typical. Some canvases appeal at once by the consummate craft, fullness of colour and light, and feel. Others require focused attention, contemplation, rational approach.
1988/90 A student of the art school in Krasnaya Presnya district of Moscow.
1990/97 A student of Moscow Academic Art Lyceum attached to the Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow. His graduation drawings were illustrations for Academician Platonov’s The Course of Russian History rated as “excellent”. As a result, Kozhin was attested as having finished a full course of general and professional education.
1997/03 A student of Ilya Glazunov’s Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Moscow.
1998, 99 During his course of studies at the Academy Simon Kozhin travelled twice to St. Petersburg. In his first trip Kozhin copied Portrait of Thomas Chaloner by Anthony van Dyck at the Hermitage Museum. During his second trip to St. Petersburg Kozhin copied Village Postman by Gerard Ter Borch at the Hermitage museum and painted a copy of Naked Sitter by Andrei Ryabushkin at the museum of the Imperial Academy of Arts. During those trips Kozhin also painted some outdoor studies of St. Petersburg’s views and got himself acquainted with the palaces and museums of the great city.
g r o u p e x h i b i t i o n s
2001 Exhibition at the Russian State Library, Moscow
2003 “Fresh Art”, exhibition mounted at the Business Design Centre, London, UK
“All of us are a bit of a horse”, exhibition mounted at the On Staromonetny antiquity art gallery, Moscow
2004 “Winter, winter, nothing but winter…”, exhibition mounted at the On Staromonetny antiquity art gallery, Moscow
“Flower Power”, exhibition at the Collyer-Bristow Gallery, London, UK
2005 Exhibition of the Primavera creative association at the Central House of Artists, Moscow “Russian contemporary”, exhibition at the Collyer-Bristow Gallery, London, UK “Russian Traditions”, exhibition held at the exhibition hall of the State Scientific Research Institute of Restoration, Moscow
“Seasons”, exhibition mounted at the On Staromonetny antiquity art gallery, Moscow “Russian Traditions”, exhibition held at the Russian Embassy in the USA, Washington
“New Russian Painting”, exhibition mounted at the Oriel Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2006 Contemporary Russian Painting, exhibition mounted at the Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland. “London–Paris–New York”, exhibition at the Collyer-Bristow Gallery, London, UK
2007 “20th Anniversary of the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture”, exhibition at the Manezh Central Exhibition hall, Moscow. “Life Cycles Exhibition”, exhibition mounted in the crypt of St. Pancras Parish Church, London (the exhibition organized by the Bash Art, UK). “Sport 2007”, exhibition at the Art Olymp Gallery located in the Culture pavilion of the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, Moscow. “Festival of the Capital”, exhibition at the Gostiny Dvor, Moscow. “Master 2007: from Craft to Art”, thematic exhibition of the creative work of teachers, undergraduates and graduates of the higher art schools at the Culture pavilion of the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, Moscow. “Russian Wonder”, 10th art exhibition and fair at the Culture pavilion of the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, Moscow.
2007/08 “Poesy of the Truth”, exhibition at Les Oreades Gallery in the Central House of Artists, Moscow.
2008 Exhibition in the Electric Systems of Russia central office, Moscow. “The Spring in Europe”, exhibition at the Oriel Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. “Alexander Kolotilov and young landscape painters of Russia”, exhibition at the N-Prospect, St. Petersburg
2008/09 Exhibitions at the Yelena Gallery, Moscow
2009 “Contemporary Russian Painting”, exhibition at the Oriel Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. “Traditions of the Present Day”, exhibition in the framework of the project Game of Imagination mounted at the House of Feodor Chaliapin Museum and Exhibition Centre, Moscow. International Exhibition of calligraphy, painting and photography of Northeast Asia, Changchun, People’s Republic of China. “Russian Art Week”, the 6th International Exhibition of contemporary art, Moscow House of Artists, Moscow “Attraction of Realism”, exhibition at the Izmailovo Gallery State Exhibition hall, Moscow.
2010 “Road to Church”, exhibition at the N-Prospect Gallery, St. Petersburg.
“For the First Time at the Central House of Artists”, exhibition initiated by the N-Prospect Gallery, Moscow “Heirs of the Traditions”, exhibition of works of art from the funds of Moscow Academic Art Lyceum at the Museum and Exhibition Centre of the Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow. “Moscow Hospitality”, exhibition at the Russian Estate Gallery, Moscow
2011 “Klykovo. Seasons” exhibition mounted at the Image regional picture gallery, Kaluga and at the Kozelsk local history museum “Attraction of Realism”, exhibition mounted at the Izmailovo. Gallery State Exhibition hall, Moscow “Greatness in the Small”, exhibition held in the Central House of Artists, Moscow. “Russian Classical Painting”, exhibition in Yantai People’s Republic of China. “Russian Classical Painting”, exhibition mounted at the Yellow River Art Gallery, Dongying, People’s Republic of China. Participation in the project “P-bus stop” as part of the social art programme curated by the PERMM (Perm Museum of Modern Art), Perm.
2012 “Laureates of the Cultu
s o l o e x h i b i t i o n
2001 Exhibition hall in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, UK. Exhibition at the Christian ecumenical youth conference: “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Mt.28:20). Christianity. in the third millennium, held in the conference room of the Central House of Tourists, Moscow.
2002 Exhibition in the Central House of Artists, Moscow
2009 Exhibition at the Game of Imagination Gallery in the Press Centre of the Izvestiya Publishing House, Moscow.
2011 Back Towards the Sources, exhibition mounted at the Representation of the Vologda region under the Russian President and the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow.
Exhibition in the local club of the settlement Radchenko (Konakovo district of the Tver region). “A Creator is no Craftsman”, exhibition in the Central Scientific Library named after Nikolai Nekrasov, Moscow.
2011/12 “Visual Visible Images”, exhibition at the exhibition hall of the Russian Auction House in Gostiny Dvor, Moscow.
2012 Exhibition at URALSIB | Bank 121, Moscow. “Dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the victory in the 1812 Patriotic War”, exhibition mounted at the Izmailovo Gallery State Exhibition hall, Moscow.
2013 Exhibition at URALSIB | Bank 121, Moscow. Exhibition at the Gazprom Central office, Moscow
2015 Exhibition at URALSIB» Private Bank | Bank121 (Moscow). "The artist's palette. Simon Kozhin. History and Modernity "at the Exhibition Hall" Atrium "The Moscow State Integrated Art and Historical Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum-Reserve" Kolomenskoye ". (Moscow)
2016 «The Great People’s Country». Exhibition at Cultural Center «Ozerov House». (Kolomna)
Exhibition in "Sberbank" organized by "MustARTgallery". (Moscow)
Exhibition in "VTB 24 bank" gallery "Kozhin Fine Arts". (Moscow)
Exhibition "Without Formulas" in the gallery of the Transfiguration Cathedral, State Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve. (Suzdal)
The exhibition "Enchanted by the Sea". Gallery "House of Music". (Kaluga)
Exhibition "In Search of Color". Plyos State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve. "Museum of the landscape". (Plyos)