About the family workshop

We started icon painting in the beginning of the 80-ies when there were no schools, no workshops but a bunch of enthusiasts who came to God and were amazed by the beauty and unique character of Russian and Byzantine icons. For many people it was the icon that became the brightest and the strongest evidence of God’s existence.

A naturalist sees the evidence of God’s existence in the uniqueness and the beauty of the world around us. The same is true for an artist who sees a way to learn the Divine art through old icons. The excellent samples of Byzantine and Russian icon painters that have survived to this day serve not only as an inspiration and a model to be emulated but, first of all, an evidence of a Divine Revelation and the Manifestation of God.
We started icon painting in the beginning of the 80-ies when there were no schools, no workshops but a bunch of enthusiasts who came to God and were amazed by the beauty and unique character of Russian and Byzantine icons. For many people it was the icon that became the brightest and the strongest evidence of God's existence.

A naturalist sees the evidence of God's existence in the uniqueness and the beauty of the world around us. The same is true for an artist who sees a way to learn the Divine art through old icons. The excellent samples of Byzantine and Russian icon painters that have survived to this day serve not only as an inspiration and a model to be emulated but, first of all, an evidence of a Divine Revelation and the Manifestation of God.
Icon painting artist Sergey Cherniy
It is crucial for us to show the beauty, the depth and the truth of the Divine Words left by the Savior as best as we can through drawing, coloring, and the image. There is no place for insincerity and fakes in any type of activities devoted to God. We do our best to be true in our creative activities.

As a person who got higher art education (the Surikov Art Institute) and painted a lot of portraits, Sergey considers iconography of New Martyrs to be particularly interesting.

We’ve got a lot of orders from private customers. We paint family icons, wedding icons, "mernaya" icons (a special type of orthodox icons presented to kids after baptism), and home iconostases.
It is crucial for us to show the beauty, the depth and the truth of the Divine Words left by the Savior as best as we can through drawing, coloring, and the image. There is no place for insincerity and fakes in any type of activities devoted to God. We do our best to be true in our creative activities.

As a person who got higher art education (the Surikov Art Institute) and painted a lot of portraits, Sergey considers iconography of New Martyrs to be particularly interesting.

We've got a lot of orders from private customers. We paint family icons, wedding icons, "mernaya" icons (a special type of orthodox icons presented to kids after baptism), and home iconostases.
Icon painter
Icon painter
Ornament artist
Sergey Cherniy
Aleksander Cherniy
Irina Cherniy

Artists

Two generations of artist work in the family icon painting workshop by the Cherniys.
Serafim Cherniy
Sculptor
Icon painter
Olga Cherniy
Two generations of artist work in the family icon painting workshop by the Cherniys.

We have been into icon painting for many years and raised the second generation of icon painters:
 — The eldest son Alexander has been painting icons for more than 15 years, he’s got his personal projects as well working a lot abroad.
 — The eldest daughter Irina graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Textile Academy and she helps us in painting.
 — The youngest son Seraphim graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Surikov Art Institute and now he carves icons and does wood and stone carving for churches.

Now it’s turn of our granddaughter to keep the ball rolling: she is studying at the Moscow academic art lyceum. We dedicated our life to icon painting which has become our family business over the past 30 years. We are happy to be able to do what we love and see that our children share our passion.
Two generations of artist work in the family icon painting workshop by the Cherniys.

We have been into icon painting for many years and raised the second generation of icon painters:
 — The eldest son Alexander has been painting icons for more than 15 years, he's got his personal projects as well working a lot abroad.
 — The eldest daughter Irina graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Textile Academy and she helps us in painting.
 — The youngest son Seraphim graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Surikov Art Institute and now he carves icons and does wood and stone carving for churches.

Now it's turn of our granddaughter to keep the ball rolling: she is studying at the Moscow academic art lyceum. We dedicated our life to icon painting which has become our family business over the past 30 years. We are happy to be able to do what we love and see that our children share our passion.
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