Vladimir Kush, Russian-American (1965-)

Vladimir Kush was born in 1965 in Russia near Moscow.

At the age of seven, Vladimir began to attend art school where he became acquainted with the works of great masters from the Renaissance, Impressionist and Modern periods.

Vladimir entered the Moscow Higher Art and Craft School at age 17, but a year later, he was drafted into the military. After six months of military training, the unit commander thought it would be more appropriate to employ him exclusively for painting propagandistic posters.

After military service and graduating the Institute of Fine Arts, Vladimir painted portraits on the street to support his family during the hard times in Russia.

In 1987, Vladimir began to take part in exhibitions organized by the Union of Artists. In 1990, at a show in Coburg, Germany, nearly all his displayed paintings sold and, after closing the exhibition, he flew to Los Angeles where 20 of his works were exhibited and began his “American Odyssey.”

In Los Angeles, Kush worked in a small, rented home garage, but was unable to find a place to display his paintings. He earned money by drawing portraits on the Santa Monica pier and eventually was able to purchase a ticket to Hawaii.

In 1993, a dealer from France noticed Kush’s work and organized an exhibition in Hong Kong. The exhibition was a huge success. In 1995, a new exhibition in Hong Kong at the Mandarin Fine Art Gallery brought more success. In 1997, he had a new start in the United States exhibiting at galleries in Lahaina, Hawaii and Seattle, Washington. In 2001, Kush opened his first gallery, Kush Fine Art in Lahaina, Hawaii. He now has 4 gallery locations in the United States with future plans to open more galleries around the world.