// Russian plein-air pastel painter Sergei Oussik was
moved by the spirit of the times to embrace his face as an artist

About the artist



// Born in 1958 near the capital of what was then the Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan, pastel artist Serguei Oussik has lived most of his life in St. Petersburg, Russia, which is the subject of many of his plein air landscape paintings.

Serguei Oussik was born in 1958 in Andijan, central Russia. He studied both art and architecture at the Institute of Engineers of Construction in St Petersburg. But, after five years as an architect, he opted to pursue a career as an artist- As he says, the architect is not free, but the artist is. He can create what he wants. The architect works with his head, but the artist with his heart.

Today his studio Is on Vasily Island, part of the archipelago of St Petersburg. His pastels depict the decaying splendour of the city’s buildings and the light, water and forests of the surrounding countryside. Sergeui says of an artist’s personal progression, “The artist must not love his own work too long. It isn’t reasonable. He grows up every time. In the same way his attitude towards his work changes.” Serguei started his art career by selling works on the streets of St Petersburg, but has since achieved an international reputation as a formidable landscape artist of great sensitivity.

His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Russia. England. France. Belgium. Holland. Greece. Switzerland. Germany and Mexico. Scrguei’s first American showing was at Chetwynd Stapylton and his work was recently displayed in New York. He can be reached through the Chetwynd Stapylton Gallery in Portland. Oregon, via e-mail at info@chetwynd.com or through Entusiastov in St Petersburg. Russia, via e-mail at soussik@yandex.ru

He is a member of the Russian Union of Artists, the International Federation of Artists, the Pastel Society of France and International Association of Pastel Society. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a leader of the St. Petersburg Society. His work has appeared in exhibits all over the world, from Paris to Athens. Oussik also teaches work-shops.


  • Member of Pastel Society of France
  • Signature member of Pastel Society of America
  • Artist Union of Russia
  • IFA International Federation of Artists
  • “Maitre pastelliste” (France) – Master of pastel: pastel society of France 2003
  • BEST IN SHOW. “PASTEL ONLY”. International juried ehxibition. 2006 MAINE
  • 1th place (landscape cathegory) — 9th International juried show of IAPS (International Federation of Pastel Societies)

Very selected international exhibitions

  • ARTEXPO NY New-York, USA 1998, 2001
  • ARTEXPO San-Francisco, USA 2000
  • EUROPASTEL, North Italy-St.Petersburg 2002, 2003
  • Salon du Paris majority of Paris 2003
  • International festival du Pastel, France 2002, 2003, 2004

One man show

  • Orenburg State Museum of Arts, Russia 2009
  • Fine Art Gallery – London, England 1992
  • Atehe Mensch – Hamburg, Germany 1996-2001
  • Äänekoski, Finland1995-1997
  • “Villa Jankovsky” – Kajaani, Finland 2001
  • Jakimanka, Moskow, Russia 1997
  • Palace of Architect, St.Petersburg, Russia 2004
  • Fuengurolla, Spain 2002
  • Chetwynd stapylton, Oregon, Portland, USA 1997, 2001
  • Albany, NY, USA 1997, 2001

Special achivments

  • Reference book “From XX century till ours days”. Paris , London 1993
  • Finnish magazine “APU” publish article (p.34) 1993
  • 7 works in “St.Petersburg City museum of History” 1998
  • International pastel artist publish article, about 7-8 pages, n.14 2002
  • International artist publish article, about 7-8 pages, n.31 2003
  • 2004 – “Guest of Honoure”, International pastel festival


  • Workshops on EUROPASTEL North Italy-St.Petersburg
  • Workshops on International festival du Pastel. France
    2002, 2003, 2004
  • + private workshops in St.Petersburg for American and french painters.