Born in 1966 in Magnitogorsk, a Russian steel-making town. Anikonov is a graduate of Magnitogorsk Children’s Fine Arts School, Sverdlovsk Fine Arts College, and Repin Academy of Fine Arts in St.Peterburg. His work has been exhibited in Russia, Europe and the United States. Able to breath new life into old traditions, Anikonov’s loose, expressionistic brush work and bold palette of colors give his work a “modern” feel. Surrounded by the daily life of an industrial town since birth, Anikonov’s paintings from “Mechanisms & Industrial Landscapes” depict an industrial landscape, despite its bleak reality, as a metaphoric image with all its might and creative energy.