Petr Otlan about his art:
Drawing was always a part of my life. I went to a school of art in Leningrad (St. Petersburg today). I had a teacher who taught me to feel reverence for works of art. He introduced me to Eugène Fromentin and his passionate relationship with Flemish painting. A child's memory picks random moments, but I remember very well a certain and vivid description of Rubens' painting technique: a gliding hand conquering this sticky and disobedient mass called paint. I became a student of architecture of Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. I was lucky with the professors. Among them we had Gennady Ivanovich Alekseev, a connoisseur of Leningrad, a poet and writer. So Professor Alekseev introduced us to the engineering profession. An interesting paradox: we had design classes with Lazar Markovich Khidekel, a famous avant-garde artist, a student of Marc Chagall and a member of the Vitebsk group of artists led by Kazimir Malevich. As a student I devoted much time to fine arts. I was a traditionalist and loved the past, paying much attention to classical architectural details. Professor Khidekel, who was noted for realizing the abstract and avant-garde Suprematist movement through architecture, tried to persuade me that nothing was impossible. Upon graduating from university I continued attending classes with Professor Alexander Pavlovich Zaytsev at the Leningrad Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design. He introduced me to the school of analytical drawing. So I turned to the fine arts. As a painter I kept participating in exhibitions of the Zaytsev School, had some shows at the Architect's House in St. Petersburg, and collaborated with galleries abroad including in Kingston, Canada. The owner of that gallery bought a sequence of my works painted with acrylics.
Today many of my works are in private collections in Japan, Canada and Germany.
2018 - "Mountains and waters", Erdesz Gallery, Szentendre (Budapest), Hungary
2018 - "Lario", Art Gallery "Astoria", Saint Petersburg, Russua
2017 - "Lake Como stories", Gallery "Sarai", Anna Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2015 - "Reflections", Design Gallery Bulthaup, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2013 - "Dreams and reality", House of St. Petersburg Union of Architects, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2001 - "Golden thread", House of St. Petersburg Union of Architects, Saint Petersburg, Russia