archive:The panels by Igor Tulpanov
Born on 12 January 1939 in Leningrad.
Tulpanov began drawing in early childhood. After graduating from school, he went to the State Maritime Academy for a year, then switched for the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute. Having spent fours years at the Institute, he completely abandoned a career in engineering for one in art and entered the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Leningrad. His last academic resort was the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography, where he attended the classes of Nikolay Akimov, a prominent stage director and teacher.
After graduation Tulpanov became a production designer working at Moscow and Leningrad theatres. Meanwhile, he participated in unofficial exhibitions, which received ambiguous and sometimes negative reaction from Soviet culture officials, who eventually told the artist to leave the country.
In 1978 he immigrated to France, then to the United States where he still lives. Tulpanov started exhibiting his works in the United States in 1994. He took part in exhibitions in Washington, New York, San Francisco, as well as in Geneva, Hong Kong, Toronto and other world’s cultural hubs.
His paintings and drawings are kept in galleries and private collections around the world.