Background History of the Prosopon School of Iconology

The Prosopon School of Iconology was founded by iconographer Vladislav Andrejev, who was born in 1938 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

After receiving a formal education in fine art, Mr. Andrejev became interested in religious art, which was impossible to express openly during those times of the Soviet regime.

The search for deeper meaning in art and life led him to solitary travels in parts of the Russian wilderness, and to independent study of icon and fresco painting with a monk icon writer.

Mr. Andrejev was able to emigrate to the United States in 1980 and currently lives in New York. He has written a large number of icons which can be seen in many churches and homes throughout America and the world. He has been teaching iconography in North America for more than fifteen years and during this time, a growing number of students have been introduced to this ancient Christian art.

Over the years, his iconographic technique and teaching method have undergone development and to a fair degree, standardization. As a result, a distinct “school” of painting and interpretation has evolved, one of which strives to be a continuation of the ancient Russian-Byzantine tradition, as well as a further step in its living development.

Consequently Mr. Andrejev, his lovely wife, Olga, two sons (Dmitryi and Nikita Andrejev) with a core group of students have recently begun to organize in a more official manner in all aspects of this school.

Olga Vandrejev is the school’s Master Coordinator.  Olga, along with Donald Sheehan translated the book “Iconostasis” by Pavel Florensky .  A must read for serious students of iconography.

Upon being named, the School has received the blessing of His Eminence Peter, Archibishop of New York and New Jersey. In this new stage of growth, the School continues painting and presenting instruction in icon writing, now drawing on a core of faculty, while remaining a non-incorporated group.

Please visit www.prosoponschool.org for more about the school and the schedule of workshops worldwide!

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