Konstantin Sterkov

Artist, author, curator, instructor, juror.

Born: Russia




As a watercolorist, Konstantin Sterkhov is constantly experimenting with material, finding available, simple ways of explaining how to master the water element.
A graduate from The Repin Academy of Fine Arts, Konstantin Sterkhov has been a watercolorist for over 20 years. As a devout ascetic of the watercolor technique, he has founded various projects to make it more available for all artists.
Konstantin is always pursuing his quest to raise the prestige and level of watercolor in Russia. He collaborates with leading world art supplies manufacturers by testing and announcing his tests results. This way Konstantin Sterkhov introduces leading brands` products to the Russian audience.
He constantly experiments with a variety of material, finding available, simple ways of explaining how to master the water element and improves himself by developing in his creation the realistic direction in the genre of psychological portrait.
Connoisseurs of painting think highly of his lyrical landscapes with water space in all its embodiments – from an angry raging ocean, or intricate reflections in an urban pond, to a quite forest lake.
Sterkov’s works are represented in private collections in Russia, Germany, Austria, India, UK, Finland and China. He tries to bring the message to the art collectors that the watercolor painting is a better investment than oil.
The paint itself has the same pigments only it is water based. It is more natural than oil paints and it doesn`t change its color after many years, even after 100 years it may look as when it did when it was painted.
Konstantin Sterkhov is a member of Saint-Petersburg Watercolor society which was founded at the end of 19th century and restored in 1990’s. It is the only watercolor society in Russia and it has its goal to keep the traditions of transparent aquarelle going.
He runs the blog sterkhovart.blogspot.com where he shares a lot of information about the medium worldwide, takes interviews of international top watercolor artists, writes art reviews and publishes free watercolor lessons.
He believes that the interest to watercolor is in the process of development and this wonderful medium will have its highest blooming. He is doing his best to spread the word to watercolorists through the medium of the internet.

Repin Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Graphic Department
Member of the Artists Association
Member of Saint-Petersburg Watercolor Society
Member of the Finnish Watercolor Society
An active participant in international competitions and fundraisers.
Curator and member of the jury of exhibition projects and festivals.
Co-founder of the “Masters of watercolors”.
Initiator of the international competition of watercolors as part of the Biennale Art Bridge.
Exhibitor of 8 solo and 30 collective Russian and international exhibitions in the venues of private, urban and museum institutions, in particular: Hermitage-Vyborg State Museum (Russia), Manezh, “Exhibition Hall of the Artists Association”, museum of Gallen Kalela (Finland), city center Sanomatalo (Finland), gallery “Akvart, Art museum of Shenzhen (China), national Library in Nanjing (China), Museum of the Contemporary Art in Qingdao (China), Ratchamdanoen Center of Contemporary Art in Bangkok (Thailand), Watercolor Gallery in San-Diego (USA) and many more.
The award of an independent jury of the Hermitage at the watercolor Biennale Art Bridge in the genre Seascape in 2005.
Diploma 1st grade in cityscape at Art Bridge Biennial, 2015.
Konstantin Sterkov’s works are in collections of local museums, private and corporative collections in Europe, Asia and America.
Publishing projects, Book series “Masters of Watercolor” – “Music Planet”, 2013 – 2017
Watercolor instructional video series on landscape, marine, portrait, flowers – “Music Planet “, 2012-2017
Co-founder and art director of the magazine “Planet Of Watercolor” – 2015-2017

Work experience:
2015 – 2017
• International Watercolour Masters UK
• National Watercolor Society annual, USA
• High Prototype. The 1st World Master Exhibition, Thailand
• Marche D’Acqua Biennial, jury
• Art Fest, Moscow
• Continents, exhibition of Russian and Chinese masters, Russia
• Solo Show in Cawah Gallery, Hong Kong
• Habitat, group exhibition, The Hermitage
• Silk Road International Festival III, IV, Xi`an, China
• Shanghai IWS Biennial, China
• Following Masters, Shanghai
• Nanjing International, China
• Qingdao Spring Salon, China
• Chen Xidan Anniversary Exhibition, Shenzhen, Shanghai
• Masters Of Watercolor, exhibition St. Petersburg, curator
• Invitational Exhibition Happy Melody in Nanning, China
• Shenzhen Biennial 2015, China
• Ist IWS Biennial in Delhi, India
• 2 artists’ exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey
• Basque Watercolor Society exhibition, Spain
• National Watercolor Society Member Exhibition, USA
• Re-Interpretation exhibition, Guilin Art Museum, China
• Sterkhov and Friends, solo show in Molbert gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia