Anatoly Close Up"... I do not believe that impressionism is a technique, or even a manner of stroke of a paintbrush. It is a movement in art that encompasses a number of artists of different styles....this term referred to a group of artists who rebelled against the mainstream, the official "Salon"..."  ~Anatoly Dverin

    Born in Ukraine in 1935, Anatoly's first influence in the arts was his father, a sign illustrator and portrait painter. Anatoly would watch his father draw and paint while anxiously waiting to try drawing himself. Encouraged by his father Anatoly showed great promise, drawing at a very high level at an early age.
    These exchanges were interrupted with the horror and struggle of World War II. Anatoly's family was forced to flee their home town of Dnepropetrovsk. Taking refuge by a kind Armenian family Anatoly was unable to go to school but was able to start drawing again.
    In 1944 his family returned to their hometown to find it devastated from bombing. Anatoly's family took shelter in a small, kerosene-lamp lit basement and began to put their life back together. Anatoly, now nine years old, started taking art classes, and entering many local art contests. He quickly moved to regional competitions gaining exposure at a young age.
    In 1950 he went on to study painting at the Dniepropetrovsk Junior Art College and graduated among the top in his class, securing his way into the Leningrad Muchin's Art Institute. After one year in the textiles department Anatoly was accepted into the painting department at the Kharkhov Art and Industry Institute and after a six-year educational marathon Dverin earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree and B.A. Degree.
    Anatoly started work at the Artistic Fund and in 1964 became a member of the Artists' Union of the USSR. His paintings were displayed at local, regional and national exhibitions. The ministry of Culture of the USSR and Ukraine commissioned his work while he also worked for several publishing companies. During this period Anatoly made a large number of sketches and drawings of the many diverse Russian people, wonderful Russian Villages and vast landscapes from Vologda to Arkhangelsk.
    In 1975 Anatoly was dissatisfied with the political scene and applied for a permanent exit visa. As a result he was expelled from the Artists' Union and fired from the Artistic Fund. His citizenship revoked, fined, forced to hand over college diplomas and drivers license he was granted 330 rubles and given 10 days to leave the USSR.
    Arriving in the UCover of American Artist nited Sates in 1976 with little money or English but with lots of optimism Anatoly secured a job with the Rust Craft Greeting Cards Co. illustrating greeting cards. Three years later Anatoly started his own commercial art business "Anatoly Illustration" with high end costumers such as Delta Airlines, National Geographic, Johnson & Johnson, TV Guide, and Apple Computers. It is during this period that Anatoly was able to earn enough savings to pursue his passion and true love of painting.
    By 1996 Anatoly had entered national exhibitions and contests in both pastel and oil painting. He has since become a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of North Florida. His biography was included in the encyclopedia Who is Who in American Art and articles about Anatoly have been published in the magazines Art in America and The Artist. His painting titled "Angles-Sur-Langlin, France" was featured on the cover of September 2000 edition of American Artist.
    Anatoly Dverin now resides in Plainville, Massachusetts where he maintains his studio. His colorful and impressionistic paintings will always reflect his Eastern European background as he continues to bring delight to lovers of art everywhere.


Junior Art College B.A.
Kharkov Fine Art Institute, Master of Fine Arts
Commercial Art Institute


Anatoly Dverin, American Impressionist by Anatoly Dverin
The Artist Magazine
Workshop Magazine by American Artist
Best of Pastel by Rockport Publication
Best of Portrait Painting by Rachel Rubin Wolf
Landscape Inspirations by Rockport Publication
Portrait Inspirations by Rockport Publication
American Artist Magazine

Listed In:

Who is Who in American Art
Who is Who in the World
Who is Who in the East
Who is Who in Russian Art

Partial List of Awards:

PSA, 23rd Annual Open Exhibition, New York City – “BEST IN SHOW”
PSA, 22 Annual Open Exhibition – “KLIMBERGER AWARD”
PSNF “Pastel 2000” Sixth Biennial National Exhibition – “BEST IN SHOW”
PSNF “Pastel 1996” Forth Biennial National Exhibition – “BEST IN SHOW”
PSNF, Second Biennial National Exhibition – “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE”
The American Artists Professional League. Grand National Exhibition - “THE PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA AWARD”
14th Annual Pastel Journal Award "2013 Pastel Journal Gold Award: Anatoly Dverin’s "Diana"

Board Memberships and Affiliations:

Oil Painter of America, signature member
Pastel Society of America
Pastel Society of North Florida
Degas Pastel Society

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