2020 Featured Artist

Valeriy Kagounkin
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KagounkinValeriy picValeriy Kagounkin was born in the Chuvash Republic of Russia in 1959. He works predominantly in oil  Valeriy attended Children’s Art School in Siberia, and later graduated from Krasnoyarsk Junior Art College withhonors. He was accepted to the Moscow Academy of Art of V. Surikov in 1982. After graduating, he returned toKrasnoyarsk, Siberia to teach fine art at the Junior Art Academy.

Valeriy was awarded the United Nations Silver Medal #193 in 2012 for a body of work on Siberia Pre-revolution. In 2013 and 2014, he was awarded the Big Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Arts. In 2014, Valeriy became a permanent member of the Russian Academy ofArts—established in 1775.

Today, Valeriy’s paintings concentrate on the American cowboy and others who built the American West. He has won theKagounkinValeriy horses Phippen Family Award from the Phippen Museum, 2015, Art of the West Award at the Phippen Museum Show, 2015, Phippen Foundation Award 2017, Best Acrylic Phippen Museum 2017, Best Acrylic, Old West Museum Show in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 2015, Editor’s Choice Award from Western Art Collector Magazine, Montana Miniature Show, and People’s Choice Award, Cattlemen’s Art Show 2016. He’s had paintings accepted for The Russell Event Auction in 2016 & 2018, and the March in Montana Auction 2017-18.

Valeriy’s works hang in the Contemporary Museum of Moscow, and the Historian Museum of Siberia, as well as private collections all over the world. Galleries include: The West Lives On, in Jackson, Wyoming, Seaside Gallery in Pismo Beach, California, and Manitou Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.