Felix Semyonov was born on 18 August 1951 in Lvov (ex-USSR) – an important cross-roads of Slavic and Central European culture. It was in this city that his passion for art developed and that he learned the basic rules of composition and design at the Institute of Applied Arts. In 1976 he came to Rome where Maestro Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni, one of Italy’s most important figurative painters of the second half of the twentieth century, invited him to work in his atelier. Here Felix Semyonov deepened his study of drawing and perfected his use of the artistic techniques of the great Italian classical tradition. He then moved to New York for a few years, where he held some personal exhibitions and his works were well-received by international collectors. In 1982 he settled back in Rome, the city he loves best, where he added to his painting an intensive study of philosophy, archaeology and art history. Throughout his thirty-year career he has taken part in several personal and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad, and since 1995 his works have been shown with great success on “Telemarket s.p.a.” (an Italian art telesales network). Since 1996 he has been the expert consultant for Russian art with the Roman State Department of Museums.
The central theme of his works is Man, his complex relationship with culture and history. From this emerges Felix Semyonov’s particular interest for portraiture, which he enriches with his own visionary interpretation. An extremely versatile and technically adept artist, he can express himself as easily in miniatures as in vast wall paintings. Among works that stand out from recent years - during which time he has also painted for theatre, cinema and TV productions - are his Via Crucis for the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Anguillara and his “Pompeian” decorations for Villa Cellini in Bracciano, both near Rome. A range of religious works commissioned by religious institutes includes a grand portrait of the Blessed Don Mariano de Jesus Euse Hoyos, the first Colombian-born priest to be beatified. This was displayed in Saint Peter’s Square, Rome during the service of beautification. One of his paintings on copper dedicated to Baciccio is in the Baroque Museum of the Chigi Palace in Ariccia (near Rome).
His collection of art works and curiosities (from prehistory to contemporary) created with passion and commitment is well-known in Italy and abroad, and is considered�of important value.
Among the art connoisseurs who esteem the work of Felix Semyonov are the following (in alphabetical order):
Marco Fabio Apolloni
Maria Teresa Bonaccorso