Vlad Yeliseyev is no stranger to beautiful scenery. In fact, he’s traveled around the world to paint interesting cityscapes and landscapes. But unlike many artists who are drawn to a postcard-perfect site, Yeliseyev usually can be found around the back of a building, along the street or in an alleyway, capturing commonplace scenes," wrote BJ Foreman in her article "Everyday Poetry" in the Watercolor Artist Magazine (Feb.2016).
The Russian émigré came to the United States in the 1980s equipped with a classical art education from the Moscow School of Art and a Master’s Degree in architecture from the Moscow Institute of Architecture. Now a renowned watercolor and plein air artist, his paintings are in personal and commercial collections worldwide.
For 30 years Vlad has been living and working in the United States, where during this time he has gained a huge number of followers and fans of his art. His works have often been praised for his unique ability to reflect light in his paintings.
Critics noted his bold brushstrokes, skillful free color schemes and clear calligraphy. “The challenge with watercolor,” Vlad explains, “is to achieve the richness in color and not lose the transparency of watercolor.” Using a limited range of colors in his palette as well as a minimal brushstroke, Vlad creates works that give a sense of the objects depicted, rather than their details.
“I use a palette of warm colors a lot, like ochre and burnt umber,” says Vlad. “I work with 15 colors in my palette, preferring to mix paints myself. I'm not painting the object itself, but rather the light on it. There should be something unsaid, something that gives the viewer the luxury of interpretation, and there lies the poetry... The task for me, as an artist, is to express as much as possible with the minimal brushstroke.”
After a successful career as an architectural illustrator, Yeliseyev founded the Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota, FL. Vlad holds numerous plein air and studio workshops across the USA and art holidays in Europe and Russia. He is a popular speaker and demonstrator at the watercolor and plein air conventions in the United States, as well as a jury member and a judge of many national and regional watercolor and plein air competitions. Yeliseyev has participated in highly regarded invitational paint-outs and watercolor competitions. His work was celebrated with numerous prominent awards including Best of Show Awards, First Place Awards, Collector’s Choice Awards, The BoldBrush Award and more.
After receiving many inquiries about his specific watercolor technique, Vladislav released an educational video master class on DVD: "Painting Architecture", “Impressions in Watercolor”, “Light in Watercolor” and “Primaries in Watercolor”.
Vladislav is an exhibiting member of many art societies nationwide, and a Signature member of prestigious American Impressionist Society, National Watercolor Society, and Florida Watercolor Society. His work has been widely represented in print media in the USA and Europe, including but not limited to 2016 February issue of Watercolor Artist magazine (USA) which also featured his painting “Royal Opera” on the cover of the magazine, 2017 June/July issue of PleinAir Magazine (USA) and 2018 March issue of Art of Watercolour (France).