Vladimir Duhovlinov was born in the Dugavpils, the capital modern day Latvia, which is a Baltic region in Northern Europe. As a child, Duhovlinov was surrounded by a particularly volatile political and social situation, as 1949 saw the period of USSR dominance. The country itself only managed to gain independence in 1991, when Russia recognized the separation of its multiple states. The historical governmental authority upon Latvia by the USSR motivated Duhovlinov to move to the old Russian capital of Leningrad in 1967.
Alongside his completion of secondary school of linguistics, Duhovlinov pursued his passion for art and artistic pursuits, through personal membership at numerous artistic societies, which focused on design and architecture. His talent for figurative painting, as well as his exceptionally skilled drawings spurred Duhovlinov to apply to the coveted Serov Art School. There, due to his complete fixation on relics and antiquities, Duhovlinov chose to study at the faculty of restoration. Here, he had access to renewing and remodeling old icons, church frescos and religious art works. This access was greatly limited to only those who were enrolled at the restoration faculty, as the state of USSR was proclaimed to be secular, due to the contradictory social stance of religion and socialism. This admission into an artistic world, which was only available to him has had an impact on Duhovlinov’s artistic direction.
Upon completing his studies at the Servo Art School, Duhovlinov went on to continue his artistic academia at the Muhina Art school, in the faculty of design. Here, strong tendency of focus upon figurative line drawing as well as the favoritism placed upon German expressivism as study, meant that Duhovlinov was very aware of the artistic trends throughout Europe at the time. Duhovlinov graduated from the Muhina Art School in 1976, immediately becoming a member of the Artist’s Guild of Russia.
From 1982 onwards, Dukhovlinov’s artistic production has been more than adept, which is exemplified by his taking part in more than 300 exhibitions, and more than 20 solo exhibitions globally.
Duhovlinov is still currently living in St. Petersburg, where he continues to produce works.
Selected solo and group exhibitions:
2008 Close up, Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
2007 Impronte Contemporary Art Gallery, San Gimignano, Italy.
2006 Gallery 10x15, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
2006 Dukhovlinov, Gallery Kvadrat, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
2006 Solo Exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2003 Gallery ‘Severnaya Stolitsa’, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
2002 Gallery ‘Na Obvodnom’, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
2000 Leighton House Museum, London, Great Britain.
1999 Fragments, the State Center of the Modern art and the Society «А-Ya», St.-
1997 Werdermann Art gallery, Hamburg, Germany.
1996 Masters of painting. St.-Petersburg, the end of XX-th century, State
Theatrical Museum, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
1995 Dukholvinov Solo Exhibition, ‘Savva gallery’, New York, USA.
1994 Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
1991 Lelekoart, London, Great Britain.
Selected Public and Private Collections:
State Russian Museum, St.-Petersburg, Russia;
Central Exhibition Hall «Manege», St.-Petersburg, Russia;
The Museum of Non-Conformist Art, St.-Petersburg, Russia;
Diaghilev Centre of Arts, St.-Petersburg, Russia;
Norton & Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ, USA;
Sydney University Museums, Australia;
Art museum of Samara, Russia;
‘Tsarskoselskaya Collection’ State Museum, St.-Petersburg, Russia;
Daugavpils Local History and Art Museum, Daugavpils, Latvia;
Dukhovlinov's works are in private collections in Russia, Ukraine, USA, Great Britain, Austria, France, Holland, Italy, Korea, Australia, Japan, Germany, Belgium