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Arkhipov Aleksei Andreyevich

   Son of a sculptor, grandson of an engineer. Born March 16, 1955.
   He has begun his work as a sculptor while still in his mother's womb, as she was working at a palace restoration site in the town of Pushkin (suburb of St. Petersburg), and, naturally, his parents became his first teachers.
   In 1972 he has been admitted to the Sculpture Department of Mukhina's Higher School of Fine Arts. Here his serious studies began, and his concepts of the plastic arts started to form.
   He graduated in 1977 and then served in the military for a year and a half.
   He has participated in many exhibitions starting in 1980.
   Honorary diploma from Dzintari (Riga, Latvia) in 1980.
   Second award at "Medal Renaissance" in Paris, 1986.
   "Genri Dropsi" award in Paris in the medal art nomination, 1991.
   Awarded a medal "In Honour of Apostle Andrew's Order Founder" (1698 - 1998), 1999.
   In 1991-1992 he has created a monument to monks Theodosius andAthanasius, the founders of the city of Cherepovets.
   He has participated in art exhibitions in Great Britain, the U.S., France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
   He has had several personal exhibitions in St. Petersburg.
   His works have been bought by the Hermitage, the Moscow Historical Museum, the Russian Museum, UNESCO and Paris's Mint.
   His works are a part of private collections in Russia, the U.S., France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg.
   He has designed a monument to Fedor Dostoyevsky in Luxemburg, monuments to Andrei Rublev, Dante Alighieri, Anna Akhmatova, Fedor Shalyapin. He has been awarded for his State Circus monument, for the "Ocean Catamarans" sculpture in Dubai, for "The Boy Playing Bases" (Fantasy award).
   He has been awarded several medals. The silver Moon and the luminous Sun are beautiful samples of the circular form (which is also the form of a medal), that Mr. Arkhipov attaches special significance to.
   The circle is the most common and also the most perfect shape in the Universe. All medal-makers should adopt the slogan "e pluribus unum" ("many into one"), formulated by Virgil and printed on the U.S. State Seal, because one shape generates the great multitude of things in the Universe. Medals are capable of stopping time by fixating a certain event, and thus they themselves become events in time. A monument to a great man may one day be completely destroyed, but medals are found and stored faithfully in museums after centuries have gone by.

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