Artist Lev Kublanov

Lev Kublanov is a graphic artist. His main subjects are landscapes, still life and portraits. He works in pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, sepia, gouache and watercolor.

Lev Kublanov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1946, spent his childhood in an historic neighborhood near Red Square, and graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute in 1972 with a degree in architecture. He worked for 20 years in Moscow architectural design firms and became a member of the Architects’ Union of the USSR. He has been a member of the International Union of Architects since 1981. In 1985, tired of designing endlessly monotonous apartment buildings and offices, Lev Kublanov left Soviet architecture to become a graphic artist. Since then, he has participated in personal and group exhibitions in Russia, USA, and Western Europe. His works are in private collections in Russia, Austria, Hungary, Germany, USA, Israel, Italy, Poland, France and Japan.

Music by Mikhail Sytchev In Moscow, Lev Kublanov’s work as an artist captured the ancient Moscow spirit and immortalized it at a time when government-mandated monoliths threatened to destroy everything historical that Russians loved. Lev Kublanov’s work in Moscow mirrored the reality of the old city - ancient courtyards and quiet streets - and the feeling of life there. Lev Kublanov's architectural background gives his work a clearly articulated composition; he does not strive for generalization or for the abstract. Rather, he allows his emotions and observations to develop a poetic image of his subject. His landscapes are uninhabited but one senses their human creator. His work strikes a responsive chord in all people who find their world being destroyed by modern technology. In 1998, Lev Kublanov and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois. Being invited to southwest Michigan, he created a series of drawings and watercolors for Schuler’s Restaurant in Stevensville, MI.